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IPL 2021: Tomorrow on 19 September CSK vs MI

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Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will meet Mumbai Indians (MI) as they wait for the 2021 Indian Premier League resumption finally ends on Sunday (September 19). The season returns after its suspension in May earlier this year due to COVID-19 cases inside squads of multiple franchises.

Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai Indians — also the defending champions and currently fourth in the table — will be aiming to make a winning start against the high-flying CSK; currently second with 10 points. Incidentally, both sides played each other in their last match of the season before its suspension. Kieron Pollard’s incredible all-around show proved to be the difference then, as he took two wickets and powered the MI to a four-wicket win with a scintillating 87-run unbeaten knock in just 34 deliveries. As the two sides kickstart the resumption of the 2021 edition of the tournament, let’s take a look at how CSK and MI performed in the first phase.

After their worst-ever season in the Indian Premier League history in 2020 (7th-place finish), MS Dhoni’s CSK has made an excellent comeback this year. The side stands a chance to go top of the table with a win over Mumbai Indians, as Delhi Capitals — the current table-toppers — have played an extra game and are level on points with the Super Kings.

Powered with the return of their star batsman Suresh Raina and a tweak in the batting order which saw Moeen Ali coming at number three, the Chennai Super Kings enjoyed a five-match winning run in the first leg after an opening-game defeat to Delhi Capitals. The CSK defeated Punjab Kings (by 6 wickets), Rajasthan Royals (by 45 runs), Kolkata Knight Riders (by 18 runs), Royal Challengers Bangalore (by 69 runs) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (by 7 wickets) during the streak, before conceding a defeat to Rohit Sharma’s MI.

CSK boast of power-hitting strength throughout their middle and lower-middle order, with the likes of Moeen Ali, Ravindra Jadeja, and Sam Curran producing sublime performances with the bat in the first leg. Suresh Raina also made important contributions and played an anchor role on most occasions, while their opening duo of Faf du Plessis (320 runs in seven innings) and Ruturaj Gaikwad (196 runs in seven innings) has provided strong starts for the side.

With the ball, Sam Curran (10 wickets in seven innings) and Deepak Chahar (8 wickets in seven innings) have been lethal, while Ravindra Jadeja (6 wickets in seven innings) has been largely successful in keeping the run-rates in check, bowling at an economical 6.70 rpo in the season so far.

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