With five wins on the trot since 2012, Rohit Sharma’s men prowl into Chepauk on Saturday with form and history on their side.
No platoon has upstaged Chennai Super lords at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on further occasions in the IPL than the Mumbai Indians.
With five triumphs on the witch since 2012, Rohit Sharma’s men prowl into Chepauk on Saturday with form and history in favour.
Still, the jubilation of two successive 200- plus run chases- against Rajasthan Royals and Punjab lords- could be short lived as MI hosts its weakest bowling lineup in times against a side led by MS Dhoni.
Barring leg- incentive Piyush Chawla, who has revivified himself with 15 raniums at an frugality of 7.28, Mumbai’s shapeless attack has blurted 10.27 runs per over for 36 lattices.
Smiles can turn wry for MI against a blasting CSK fur order- the quickest-striking platoon this season(9.58 rpo)- which hopes to get briskly on fresher pitches at the ground.
The Super Kings have been abrasive against spin- bowling, adding up 640 runs with a strike rate of141.59, the stylish among all brigades. MI’s tweakers, save Chawla, will be locked in by the CSK batters.
While Rohit’s fur remains a concern, MI has hounded opponents with its collaborative horsepower. No Mumbai batter has crossed the 300- run mark yet.
Still, from Tilak Varma to Tim David, all the big middle- order batons boast a 150- plus strike rate. Suryakumar Yadav’s dashing return to form with three half- centuries in four games promises stability.
A extremity can not be ruled out against CSK’s emotional belt of baits. In their former clash last month, MI surrendered to the craftiness and delicacy of left- armers Ravindra Jadeja and Mitchell Santner, who reckoned for five lattices in eight overs at the expenditure of just 48 runs at the Wankhede Stadium.
Santner, who has since missed seven matches, could replace a wavering Maheesh Theekshana, who has also been sloppy on the field.
Meanwhile, Dhoni’s ploy to defend a 200- run aggregate with spin went amiss last Sunday when Punjab pummeled his shaky pace unit to catch a last- ball palm at the venue.
The despair to get the confluence bowling steady forced Deepak Chahar’s return against Lucknow Super titans in the former game. still, the right- arm attachment ended up with numbers of none for 41, his fourth wicketless game in as numerous appearances this season.
With the Playoffs race hotting up and rain in Lucknow denying what looked like a certain point, CSK may roll out a slow face on a prognosticated muggy autumn to stomp MI for the alternate time in IPL 2023.
Chennai Super Kings Squad: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Ajinkya Rahane, Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni(w/c), Deepak Chahar, Matheesha Pathirana, Tushar Deshpande, Maheesh Theekshana, Ambati Rayudu, Mitchell Santner, Subhranshu Senapati, Shaik Rasheed, Akash Singh, Dwaine Pretorius, RS Hangargekar, Sisanda Magala, Ajay Jadav Mandal, Prashant Solanki, Simarjeet Singh, Bhagath Varma, Nishant Sindhu
Mumbai Indians Squad: Rohit Sharma(c), Ishan Kishan(w), Cameron Green, Tilak Varma, Tim David, Nehal Wadhera, Jofra Archer, Piyush Chawla, Kumar Kartikeya, Akash Madhwal, Arshad Khan, Suryakumar Yadav, Jason Behrendorff, Sandeep Warrier, Vishnu Vinod, Riley Meredith, Ramandeep Singh, Shams Mulani, Arjun Tendulkar, Hrithik Shokeen, Duan Jansen, Tristan Stubbs, Dewald Brevis, Raghav Goyal