With the IPL 2023 season up and running, the Chennai Super Kings are set to take on the Mumbai Indians at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, which promises to be an exciting encounter.
After a game with no result against LSG, Chennai Super Kings stand 3rd in the league table with 11 points. Out of the 10 games played by CSK, they’ve won five, lost four, and tied once. Their last encounter against LSG was washed out due to rain, yielding them only one point.
On the other hand, the Mumbai Indians rise to sixth in the league table. Out of the nine games MI has played, they’ve won five and lost the remaining four.
In their last encounter against the Punjab Kings at Mohali, the Mumbai Indians pulled off a close game, chasing a total of 214 runs with seven balls to spare. The bowling woes continue for them, but chasing totals is something they have been able to do more often this season.
Due to the scintillating form seen from Moeen, the 16.25 crore buy for Chennai, Ben Stokes, still remains on the bench even after recovering from his injury. With the top order performing exceptionally well for CSK, their batting looks supremely strong.
However, they might want to think over death bowling, which is one of the reasons for their downfall in their lost encounters.
No changes are expected in the playing XI.
Predicted Lineup: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Ajinkya Rahane, Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni, Deepak Chahr, Matheesha Pathirana, Tushar Deshpande, and Mahesh Theekshana
MI have been very good with the bat, all thanks to Ishan, Surya, Tilak, and Tim David. They still need to find the right set of bowlers, as they have conceded over 200 runs in their last three games.
Pace is the department where the Mumbai Indians are lacking the most. Only Piyush Chawla has been the pick of their bowlers throughout the season; he has managed to strike 15 wickets in the nine appearances he has been a part of.
Arjun Tendulkar might retain his place in the side after a poor performance from Arshad Khan in the last game.
If Riley Meredith recovers from his injury, he might replace the out-of-form Jofra Archer.
Predicted Lineup: Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Tim David, Nehal Wadhera, Riley Meredith, Piyush Chawla, Kumar Karthikeya, Akash Madhwal, and Arjun Tendulkar.
The Mumbai Indians will be at the top of their game after securing a good win over PBKS. It will be an important game for the Chennai Super Kings as well, who may have lost one point, which could be a stroll for them against LSG after their poor batting performance.
Chepauk remains one of the tracks where spinners will play a very crucial role for both sides. CSK could have the upper hand in these terms, as they have the potential to extract 12 overs from their three marquee spinners.
On the other hand, Chawla will once again play a significant role for MI. This is one of the best rivalries in this tournament, with fierce competition amongst them. We predict CSK to come out on top in this encounter.