ELClassico of the IPL – MI vs CSK Match Preview

In this article, we will preview one of the most expected rivalries in the IPL tournament since the inception of this tournament these two fans and two teams are always fighting for victories and Trophies and named as one of the arch rivals . Exactly in the halfway of the tournament where the top 6 teams completed the first set of (seven) games against each other , the match between these two teams is very important in the points table to carry this victory on the second stage of the tournament. Both Teams have the equal power of overseas and Indian strength in their line up .Let’s have a look at their strength of these two teams .

Head to Head:

When it comes to head to head Mumbai was leading the head count with 18 victores from 30 games played in  IPL and the only team which has the leading victories against Chennai Super Kings. Especially after the IPL 2018, Mumbai performance against CSK were dominant for their victories, CSK managed to win only two games against MI after 8 matches which in turn shows the superpower of MI against CSK.

Total : 30 Mumbai Indians – 18 Chennai Super  Kings  – 12

Match Preview:

For Mumbai Indians,after the nightmare performances and chepauk pitch they would be very happy after the performance in Delhi .Its a small ground and the conditions also similar to the home ground Wankhde, usually Delhi pitches used to have  turn and slow pitches but this year we can able to witness the conditions were good for batsmans . On one hand, Csk had a great set of continuous five victories in 6 matches with great form , but for Mumbai Indians most of the chepauk victories came with the effect of extraordinary bowling by Chahar and Bumrah , when it comes to batting Rohit and sky carried the team , their middle order did not fire much in chepauk  .After the comfortable victories against Rajasthan Royals, Mumbai Indians would be confident enough to face the table toppers who had only one loss in this tournament so far.

Still there are few holes in this team, there is  no spin duo in this team only Chahar carrying all the wickets and economical spell , on the other hand the bowling attack looks quite vulnerable except Bumrah . Only Bumrah and Chahar overs were controlling the attack, other bowlers like Trent Boult , Counter -Nile, Krunal , Jayanth were expensive . Hardik Pandya did not contribute to the team with both bat and ball so far, I have a gut feeling that this day belongs to Hardik who is starving for performance in this IPL.

For Chennai Super kings, they have a settled line up on their team after the first loss against Delhi capitals , CSK did not have any bad day on their day and they are currently enjoying the position   at the top of the table with a high run rate .This match will play a bigger impact on their play off chances, If CSK won this game against CSK, they will end up with 12 points which is most by any team and its the right chance to seal the spot for playoff ,Mostly team need only16 points to qualify for play off . For CSK, in their previous encounters Most of the matches were handled either by the Top order batsman and Deepak Chahar in power play . Fielding CSK players were exceptional in this IPL so far , I can say this CSK has the best outfielding and catches in this tournament , they saved around 15+ runs in each match.Moeen Ali is a great addition for CSK at  the top as a pinch hitter and a proper spinner who has wicket taking ability.

Likewise  every Team , CSK also has some weaknesses in the team. Form of Shardul Thakur is one of the major impact , his performance in this IPL not upto his skill set, after the match winning performance for Indian team .Shardul Thakur created lot of expectations for the fans of CSK , though he leak runs he has the nuances of taking wickets with his knuckleball, but still he did not produce the match winning performance .And on the other hand , middle order did not  have a match winning performance, players like Rayudu, MS Dhoni did not spent too much time increase so far, since their top order taking the control of the game. But , now the match is against Mumbai Indians , they love to take early wickets in power play . Definitely, players like Dhoni,Rayudu will be tested for their batting against Mumbai Indians.

Key Battle :

 In this section , we will look for the match ups between these two games depending on their strength  ,since these two have equal power on their line up .

  • Faf Du plessis VS Quinton De Kock: – Opening Battle in power play 
  • Surya Kumar Yadav vs Ambatti Raydu – Both will love to play fearless cricket irrespective of situation 
  • Deepak Chahar vs Trent Boult – Both were excellent in swing  , if conditions favours swing  then batsman will have to dance for their bowling .
  • Hardik vs Jadeja – Both were excellent in fielding  and were able to produce match winning performances on their day .

Expected Playing XI Changes:

Since only two games played at Delhi, Pitch will not have impact for slow deliveries and spinners , So most probably Team will have the same playing XI . For Mumbai , Indians Krunal pandya had some decent knocks at the top when he was promoted up the order , If  they need to chance they might bring Jimmy Neesham to strengthen their batting line up against CSK. Since , Jayanth was expensive in Delhi , Ishan might brought back to the playing XI which in turn gives him a second chance to prove himself .

For CSK, they might prefer to have one change If Bravo is playing with his experience they have to drop Lungi since Bravo had an excellent record against Mumbai Indians, he must be included to solve the end overs problem where Shardhul is leaking runs might be controlled by bravo four overs. And if pitch had a turn the spot will be given to Tahir which will be controlled by MS Dhoni, so far he is reading the conditions well in this IPL.

Mumbai Indians Playing XI:

  • Rohit Sharma
  • Quinton De Kock
  • Surya Kumar yadav
  • Ishan Kishan
  • Krunal Pandya
  • Hardik Pandya
  • Kieron Pollard
  • Jimmy Neesham/ Nathan Counter-Nile
  • Rahul Chahar
  • Jasprit Bumrah
  • Trent Boult

Chennai Super Kings Playing XI:

  • Ruturaj Gaikwad
  • Faf Du Plessis
  • Moeen Ali
  • Suresh Raina
  • Ambatti Rayudu
  • MS Dhoni
  • Ravindra Jadeja
  • Sam Curran
  • Dwayne Bravo/ Lungi Ngidi
  • Shardul Thakur
  • Deepak Chahar
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