The clash of the titans in the IPL 2021 season. The five-time champions, Mumbai Indians, will take on the three-time champions, Chennai Super Kings, in match number 27th of the Indian Premier League 2021 season. The match is played Today at Arun Jaitley Stadium in the National Capital at 7.30 PM IST.
Chennai Super Kings are the table-toppers this season. After they had a disappointing run in the IPL 2021 season, Dhoni’s Yellow Army is back at their most familiar position.
Mahi’s team had just one loss during their first match of this season against the Delhi Capitals. But other than that, CSK has been a team to beat.
Mumbai Indians, the defending champs, have lots of misses rather than hits. Their batting performance has usually come under scanner, and they have won three games mainly because of their bowling.
MI needs consistency from all their batters. Quinton De Kock and Krunal Pandya found some form in the last match, which they won against Rajasthan Royals.
Mumbai Indians will want them to continue this form, and they will also want Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya to come good against an in-form team like Chennai Super Kings.
Like all we say, the MI Batters need to convert their starts into a good score. Just like DE Kock did against RR a few days ago.
Mumbai Indians don’t want to bicker about their bowling which has been so good for them over the years. They have bowlers who can make an impact on the CSK batsmen.
Bumrah and Boult with the new ball will be threatening to Du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad, who has been good for them this season.
Then MI has Rahul Chachar, Jayant Yadav, and Nathan Coulter Nile in their team. They will handle the middle overs nicely as they did against RR. The MI bowlers restricted the Double R’s to a decent score even after they got off to a good start in their innings. CSK will need to be careful about that.
Even if they start well, CSK needs a counter punch in the middle overs. Moeen Ali has played cameos for them. But they need a big contribution from their number three batsman.
So in our opinion, CSK can promote Suresh Raina at the number three position. He has the experience of playing counter-attacking innings. Ali can bat at number four with Rayudu, Jaddu and Dhoni.
MI, to have middle-order woes, Hardik Pandya is not in good form, and they are over dependant on Kieron Pollard for a good finish. Krunal Pandya has performed well in just the last game. But his confidence might not be up to face CSK now.
If the CSK bowlers pick up Pollard and the Pandya Brothers early, then they can do the trick for Yellow Army because MI doesn’t have batters in the lower order to take the innings through.
The only thing which is not common between these two teams is their bowling. MI has Bumrah and Boult. But CSK ‘s pace bowlers struggle to make an early breakthrough.
That’s the main difference between the two sides. The one who picks up wickets at the regular intervals can win this match because both the teams have power hitters who can start well, control the middle phrase and end the innings on a high.
Playing XI of Chennai Super Kings – Faf Du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Ambati Rayudu, Moeen Ali, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chachar, and Lungi Nigidi.
Playing XI for Mumbai Indians – Rohit Sharma, Quinton De Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter Nile, Jayant Yadav, Rahul Chachar, Trent Boult, and Jasprit Bumrah.
This mouth-watering will be telecasted on Star Sports Networks on TV, and live streaming apps are HOTSTAR, JIO TV, Live Cricket TV, Airtel TV, Sony LIV, Live Ten Sports application.