Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings IPL 2021
All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, Faf du Plessis, and Imran put in excellent performances for Chennai Super Kings in the previous game.
- Chennai Super Kings comfortably brushed aside Royal Challengers Bangalore in a game played on Sunday.
- Captain Rohit Sharma and Rahul Chahar have been consistent performers for Mumbai this season.
Three-time IPL Champions, Chennai Super Kings have looked solid so far with four victories on the trot. Captain MS Dhoni will be pleased with his side’s back-to-back clinical performances in the competition.
On the other hand, Mumbai Indians have struggled to deliver their best cricket so far this season. The bowlers have bailed them out in previous matches in the tournament. The team management will be hoping that middle-order can make decent contributions in this all-important clash.
Teams' strengths & weaknesses
The franchise will need to raise their overall game with the bat to compete with Chennai Super Kings.
While Captain Rohit Sharma has shown great form for Mumbai in the previous four matches, the likes of Quinton de Kock and Ishan Kishan will need to find form with the bat in this fixture.
Suryakumar Yadav has so far looked quite in control at the crease but will need to convert his starts into big scores.
In the batting department, the onus will be in-form opener Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, and Quinton de Kock to deliver the bulk of the runs.
In the previous game, Rohit Sharma was the standout performer with the bat and finished the innings with the top score of 63 runs off 52 balls with the help of five fours and two sixes.
Besides Rohit, Suryakumar Yadav produced a decent score of 33 runs off 27 balls, whereas Kieron Pollard chipped in with 16 runs.
The big concern will be the lack of contributions from the all-rounder trio of Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, and Hardik Pandya. Defending Champions will be hoping that the likes of Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard can come up with decent scores against Chennai Super Kings.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying heavily on the likes of Trent Boult, Rahul Chahar, and Jasprit Bumrah to make crucial breakthroughs. Jayant Yadav and Krunal Pandya will be other bowling options for Mumbai for this game.
Chennai Super Kings
The side will be looking to maintain their winning momentum in the next couple of matches in the Indian Premier League. A win against Mumbai on Saturday would help Chennai Super Kings reclaim the top spot in the league table.
In the batting department, the side will be relying on the likes of Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, and Ruturaj Gaekwad to make notable contributions with the bat.
Former South African Captain, Faf du Plessis has been a consistent performer for Chennai so far this season. He is currently the leading run-scorer for the franchise in the competition. He has accumulated 214 runs in five outings at a strike rate of 138.96. The 36-year old will be keen to continue his rich vein of form with the bat in this fixture.
The side’s major concern will be the lack of runs from the experienced duo of Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu. While Suresh Raina has scored a half-century in his five outings, Rayudu has been below-par with the bat and averaging 16.00 with the bat this season.
The big positive from the previous fixture was Ravindra Jadeja’s blistering performance at the back end of the innings. Left-hander showed a lot of positive intent and smashed five sixes off the bowling of pacer Harshal Patel. He will be given the task to produce quick runs for the side in the later stages of the innings.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the pace trio of Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, and Sam Curran to make crucial breakthroughs in the Powerplay overs.
Considering the traditional pitch at Delhi, the surface might be on the slower side with assistance for spinners. Batting is expected to get easier in the second half of the innings. The weather for Saturday is going to be clear skies with no sign of rain.
Players to watch out for
Experienced all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has been a consistent performer for Chennai Super Kings with bat and ball. Given his superior all-round skills, the team management will be hoping that Jadeja can continue his excellent form in this fixture.
Given their head-to-head record in the Indian Premier League, Mumbai Indians have dominated the proceedings with 18 victories to their name. On the other hand, Chennai Super Kings have come out on top on 12 occasions.
In their previous four meetings between the two teams, Mumbai Indians have registered three victories.
Based on recent performances, Chennai Super Kings will be outright favorites to win their game against Mumbai Indians.
With the likes of Faf du Plessis consistently delivering runs at the top of the innings and Ravindra Jadeja’s all-round heroics in the previous game, Chennai Super Kings will be keen to deliver a clinical performance in this fixture.
Expect Chennai Super Kings to beat Mumbai Indians and reclaim the top spot in the IPL.