It is the most celebrated rivalry of the Indian Premier League, as Mumbai Indians (MI) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) face off in Mumbai on Wednesday. While Mumbai have just one win in three matches, Chennai have won all three of their matches.
With three IPL titles each, these two are the most successful franchises in the history of the tournament. Recent history is in favour of Mumbai with MI winning four of the last five contests and a 14-12 overall advantage.
Batting hasn’t clicked for Mumbai, yet, with just Quinton de Kock aggregating 100 plus. Captain Rohit Sharma’s runs are vital for the side to make a comeback. Middle-order worries threaten to derail their hopes.
Usually, MI shoulder their hopes on their bowling, but this season they are yet to perform. Jasprit Bumrah (ER 7.11) is their best bowler in terms of economy and that tells the story of their struggles. The arrival of Jason Behrendorff and Alzarri Joseph gives them options to rotate the squad.
Chennai have no such worries and have started in the right earnest. All three results have been in different contexts. A low-scoring win over RCB, a comfortable win over Delhi and a close victory over Rajasthan highlight their season.
Questions remain over their batting, which is yet to click, but the presence of MS Dhoni (107 runs) is a major boost. Bowling too has been about the two recruits Imran Tahir and Dwayne Bravo, who have six wickets each.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Deepak Chahar has been the silent hero for Chennai. He may have just three wickets to his name, but his ER of 4.66 is one of the best. As someone who bowls out at the top, Chahar gives a lot of fantasy points with his dot balls.
MS Dhoni has 576 runs in 26 matches against Mumbai at an average of 34.95 and SR of 145.82. His form could be the key to your fantasy side.
Quinton de Kock is an exciting option at the top for Mumbai and he has been striking at 146.66 so far. His quick starts could be key for MI as well as your fantasy side.
MI: 1 Quinton de Kock (WK) 2 Rohit Sharma (C) 3 Ishan Kishan 4 Yuvraj Singh 5 Kieron Pollard 6 Krunal Pandya 7 Hardik Pandya 8 Ben Cutting 9 Mayank Markande 10 Jason Behrendorff 11 Jasprit Bumrah
CSK: 1 Shane Watson 2 Ambati Rayudu 3 Suresh Raina 4 Kedar Jadhav 5 MS Dhoni (C & WK) 6 Dwayne Bravo 7 Ravindra Jadeja 8 Deepak Chahar 9 Imran Tahir 10 Scott Kuggeleign 11 Shardul Thakur
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