Desperate to get their ups and downs on track, defending champions Mumbai Indians will try to halt the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) victory campaign in the IPL 2021 match on Saturday.
CSK, which failed to make it to the playoffs in the tournament played in the UAE last year, have come to the field this time with changed intentions and have won five
Mumbai’s performance was fluctuating
The performance of Mumbai Indians has been fluctuating so far. They have won only three out of six matches but a seven-wicket win against Rajasthan Royals in the last match played at Ferozeshah Kotla would have boosted the morale of the team.
But now he faces CSK doing well in every department. Dhoni’s team made a good start to the Delhi stage like Mumbai and won against Sunrisers Hyderabad by seven wickets.
Will depend on top order batsmen
The outcome of this match will largely depend on the top-order performance of both teams. Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma got off to a good start but the hitman, who specializes in making big scores, is yet to show his skill in the current IPL.
The good news for Mumbai is that not only did opener Quinton de Kock return to form in the previous match, but his middle-order batsmen, especially Krunal Pandya, also showed a glimpse of gaining momentum. 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 Ishan Kishan gets a place in the playing XI or not.
If Mumbai needs to stop Chennai’s winning campaign, they will have to show their best skills against the disciplined bowling of bowlers like Deepak Chahar, Sam Karen and Ravindra Jadeja.
Middle order batsmen of Chennai remaining 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.
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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.
Responsibility for a good start on du Plessis and Gaekwad
Chennai will be hoping for a good start again with Duplessis (270 runs) and Gaikwad (192 runs). Moin Ali (148 runs) has played a good role in the middle order. The presence of Suresh Raina has strengthened his middle order while Jadeja is doing full justice to his role in the lower order. Jadeja is also doing well in bowling and he can put Mumbai batsmen in trouble.
The teams are as follows:
Rohit Sharma (Captain), Adam Milne, Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Arjun Tendulkar, Chris Lynn, Dhawal Kulkarni, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, James Neesham, Jaspreet Bumrah, Jayant Yadav, Kiron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Marco Janssen , Mohsin Khan, Nathan Kuplter-Nile, Piyush Chawla, Quinton de Kock, Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Tiwari, Suryakumar Yadav, Trent Boult, Yudhveer Singh.
Chennai Super Kings:
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, KM Asif, Deepak Chahar, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, N Jagadeesan, Karn Sharma, Lungi Ngidi, Mitchell Santner, Ravindra Jadeja, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shardul Thakur, Sam Karan, R Sai Kishore, Moin Ali, K Gautam, Cheteshwar Pujara, Harishankar Reddy, Bhagat Verma, C Hari Nishant.