After 44 days of grueling cricket action that saw 56 matches, the league stage of IPL has come to a close. Out of the 8 teams that have been vying for the title, 4 teams have got one step closer to it by qualifying for the playoff and they are Mumbai, Chennai Super Kings Delhi Capitals, and SRH. For the first time in the history of IPL, the top 3 teams of the IPL have secured the same number of points – Mumbai, CSK, and DC occupy the first 3 places with 18 points each. SRH had a rough ride and they somehow scampered to the fourth spot and earned their place in the playoffs because of the fact KKR lost its last league match against a spirited Mumbai team.
Mumbai vs Chennai Super Kings
As we move into the playoffs, we have a blockbuster encounter to look forward to. A spirited Mumbai team takes on the mighty CSK at their own fortress at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Both Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai are three-time IPL champions and would be trying to cement their legacy with a fourth win. Mumbai vs CSK is considered as one of the fiercest rivalries of IPL. There has been a no bigger rivalry in the history of IPL than these two teams. Mumbai Skipper Rohit Sharma refers to this rivalry as El Clasico of cricket.
Mumbai have won both the encounters against Chennai Super Kings this season so they would have a psychological edge over them. In the 26 encounters between both the teams, Mumbai has a better win record at 15-11. Also, CSK has lost their last four of the five matches against Mumbai and they have won 3 of their last 4 matches at Chepauk. In fact, Mumbai is the only team to have a better record against Chennai Super Kings
Chennai Super Kings – lion at their fortress
In the last 23 matches at home, Chennai Super Kings has won 19 and their losses have come against Mumbai and KKR. Chepauk has certainly been a happy hunting ground for the men in yellow. For CSK, their biggest strength is the form of their skipper who has been in subliminal touch of late. Dhoni has been on a Midas touch with the bat and has single-handedly won several games for CSK this season. The spin trio of Harbhajan/Imran Tahir/Jadeja has delivered big time. The spin trio has 47 wickets between them. Imran Tahir with 21 scalps is not far off from displacing Kagiso Rabada who is the current purple cap holder with 25 wickets. The biggest problem Chennai Super Kings has been facing is its shoddy and erratic batting, especially in the top order. CSK suffered a fresh blow yesterday with the loss of Kedhar Jadhav as he is out of the tourney due to an injury.
Barring MS Dhoni, none of the batsmen delivered consistently. Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, and Faf Du Plessis have not been at their clinical best so far. But let’s not forget they are big match players. Remember how Shane Watson came out of a lean patch last year with a swashbuckling century against SRH last year?
Mumbai – beaming with confidence
Mumbai Team’s biggest strength is their gun player “Hardik Pandya”. Hardik did to Mumbai what MSD did to CSK. Not only he set the stadium ablaze with some astonishing hitting but also pulled a lot of tricks with the ball to help the flailing Mumbai Side. Hardik Pandya along with Jasprit Bumrah and Lasith Malinga are the key players for the Mumbai Side. Rohit Sharma finally found the momentum with a well-made half-century against KXIP and Quinton De Kock has played some outstanding knocks.
Both the teams might suffer from fatigue as they had games on Sunday and had to spend the next day traveling to Chennai. The winner gets one step closer to the title with a direct final berth, whereas the loser has the luxury of getting there with a lifeline by getting to play in Qualifier 2. Of course, there will be a sea of yellow in Chepauk with chants of CSK and Dhoni blowing the roof. However, the record Mumbai has against Chennai Super Kings would make any fan a bit iffy. Regardless of the outcome, we are sure to witness an exciting encounter tonight.
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