CSK vs MI: A battle of honor between the two most successful teams in the history of this season’s laggy tournament


Mumbai: Troubled Chennai Super Kings take on Mumbai Indians in their Indian Premier League match on Thursday with an aim to survive in the tournament even as Mumbai, who have been out of the race for the playoffs, have nothing to lose. This season was disappointing for the two most successful teams of IPL namely Chennai and Mumbai.

Chennai will be out of the tournament if they lose to Mumbai. Chennai defeated Delhi Capitals by 91 runs in the previous match and they are expected to maintain the momentum. Opener Devon Conway has been in excellent form and has scored three consecutive half-centuries. He scored 87 against Delhi, although he would be hoping for support from opening partner Ruturaj Gaikwad.

This season was like a nightmare for Ravindra Jadeja as well and he also gave up the captaincy in the middle. In the last match against Delhi, he was out due to injury. Now it remains to be seen whether he can play against Mumbai. Chennai will have to score big for which all the batsmen will have to perform well. Last time in the match of both the teams, Dhoni had won by showing his ‘finishing style’.

CSK bundled out Delhi for 117 runs. Moeen Ali took three wickets while young pacers Mukesh Chaudhary and Simranjit Singh also did well. The trio will have to put together a good performance while spinner Mahish Teekshana’s four overs can also change the course of the match. A lot will depend on Dwayne Bravo’s performance.

Rest of the matches for Mumbai are formalities and they will have to perform well. Captain Rohit Sharma (200 runs), Ishan Kishan (321 runs) will be responsible for the batting. Mumbai’s middle-order, which has faltered against KKR, will also have to improve its performance. Suryakumar Yadav is out due to injury. In such a situation, the responsibility will be more on Tilak Verma, Tim David, Ramandeep Singh and Kieran Pollard.

In bowling, Bumrah has found his momentum and he will be looking for support from other bowlers. Daniel Sams, Riley Meredith and Kumar Karthikeya Singh will have to curb the Chennai batsmen.

Chennai Super Kings Squad:
MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja (Captain), Moeen Ali, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Ambati Rayudu, Robin Uthappa, Mitchell Santner, Chris Jordan, Adam Milne, Devon Conway, Shivam Dube, Dwayne Pretorius, Mahesh Tikshna, Rajvardhan Hangargekar , Tushar Deshpande, KM Asif, C Hari Nishant, N Jagadishan, Subranshu Senapati, K Bhagat Verma, Prashant Solanki, Simarjit Singh, Mukesh Chaudhary.

Mumbai Indians Squad:
Rohit Sharma (captain), Anmolpreet Singh, Rahul Buddhi, Ramandeep Singh, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Verma, Tim David, Arjun Tendulkar, Basil Thampi, Hrithik Shokeen, Jasprit Bumrah, Jaydev Unadkat, Jofra Archer, Mayank Markande, Murugan Ashwin, Riley Meredith , Tymal Mills, Arshad Khan, Daniel Sams, Dewald Brevis, Fabian Allen, Kieron Pollard, Sanjay Yadav, Aryan Juyal and Ishan Kishan.