Indian Premier League, 2018
Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians
The Big Picture
After playing out a thriller in the opening game of IPL 2018, the defending champions Mumbai Indians and the returning Chennai Super Kings have had contrasting fortunes in the last 20 days.
While Mumbai Indians have been at the receiving end of last ball thrillers, their most insipid performance came at home against the Sunrisers Hyderabad where they failed to chase down 119 and folded for just 87. With 5 losses in six games, time is running out for the defending champions and the game against CSK may well be their last hope of redeeming their campaign.
Where: Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
When: 28 April 2018, 8:00 PM
As for table-topper CSK, they have most of their bases covered with almost everyone chipping in at different instances, and a win against MI will further consolidate their position in the top four.
The Pitch at the M.C.A Stadium favors the batsmen with the average first innings score hovering from 151 in 2012 to 162 last year, 48.5 % of the matches have been won by the team batting first (16) while team batting second have won 51.5% of three matches (17).
Team News and Probable 11
Chennai Super Kings
While Chennai Super Kings have almost all bases covered, they would be looking at crucial aspects to strengthen their game. First, they would be hoping to arrest the slide in the middle-order, that has left them with too much to do with at the death. Secondly, their death bowling. While Dwayne Bravo has been bowling consistently well at the backend, CSK would hope the likes of Shardul Thakur step-up when it comes to bowling at the death.
Barring a swap between Faf du Plessis and Sam Billings, Chennai is expected to field the same line-up.
Probable XI: Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis/Sam Billings, MS Dhoni (C & WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Harbhajan Singh, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir
AAfter being plundered for 87 against Sunrisers Hyderabad, a lot is left to be desired by the Mumbai Indians. While their openers have more often than not have given them a good start, their middle-order in Rohit, Pollard as well as Pandya brothers have not been able to contribute and give the necessary impetus to the batting.
Kieron Pollard, who has been awful with the bat thus far might make way for JP Duminy, a proven limited-overs star with an average of 39.86, while Adam Milne might get a look-in in place of Mustafizur Rahman.
Probable XI: Evin Lewis, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (WK), Rohit Sharma (C), Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah, Mustafizur Rahman/Adam Milne
Where to watch Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians?
The viewers can watch the match live on Star Sports 1/HD and can also live stream the match on Hotstar.com