When the two most successful teams in the history of IPL, Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings, face each other today, this could be the most powerful match of the season so far. This can be said by looking at the successes of the star players in both the teams as well as their captains.
Mumbai, led by Rohit Sharma, has won the title five times so far, while Mahendra Singh Dhoni has also made Chennai the champion three times.
However, this time the case is different. While the Chennai team has won five in a row after losing their first match of the season, Mumbai has won only three of the same number of matches. In such a situation, he will have to win the match and score himself in the points table.
Middle order caught the rhythm
The good thing for both the teams is that they started Delhi leg with a win. However, Chennai has performed better in every department so far as compared to Mumbai. However, the outcome of this match will largely depend on the top-order performance of both teams.
Rohit Sharma got off to a good start for Mumbai but the ‘hitman’ who specializes in making big scores this season has not been able to show his skills yet. The good news for Mumbai is that not only did opener Quinton Dickock return to form in the last match but his middle-order batsmen, especially Krunal Pandya, also showed signs of gaining momentum.
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Suryakumar Yadav will have to convert his good start into a big score while Kieron Pollard also needs to maintain his aggression. It remains to be seen whether Ishaan Kishan gets a place in the playing XI or not. If Chennai want to win over Mumbai then Deepak Chahar, Sam Kuran and Ravindra Jadeja will have to bowl disciplined.
Faf will take the exam
Chennai’s middle-order has not been tested yet as Faf Duplessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad played a key role in the victory, giving the team a great start in the last few matches. It will be a challenge for both of them to maintain their best form in front of Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah. Bolt and Bumrah have also proved effective in the death overs.
In the middle order, Moin Ali is also playing a good role for Chennai while Jadeja in the lower order is doing full justice to his role. Jadeja is also doing well in bowling and he can put Mumbai batsmen in trouble. However, on the slow pitch of Kotla, the role of leg-spinner Rahul Chahar also becomes important. He has taken 11 wickets so far. They need support from Krunal and Jayant Yadav from the other end.