Two of the most successful teams in the history of Indian T20 League are all set to battle it out between the wickets. Chennai and Mumbai have been formidable opponents since the start since the inception of the Indian T20 League.
Earlier this season, Chennai had the last laugh against Mumbai. However, the captain of Chennai back then was Ravindra Jadeja, now, MS Dhoni is the captain of the Yellow Army. Mumbai is in all sorts of trouble since they are out of contention for the playoffs. While Chennai is turning everything upside-down and are on a win streak. The fans are pumped to witness yet another classic between these two giants.
Ever since MS Dhoni retained the captaincy of Chennai, the team has surged with a different energy. The wobbling batting lineup is deastrically imporced.
Openers Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway have put on some of the best opening partnerships witnessed this season so far. The addition of Devon Conway has made a huge difference in the batting lineup for the team. In the last match, Conway played a magnificent innings of 87 runs off just 49 balls. Additionally, he had hit 231 runs in a short span of time. Moreover, Gaikwad and Moeen Ali have found their rhythm with the bat and are timing the ball perfectly.
In the last match, the Chennai bowlers performed brilliantly. Moeen Ali was the highest-taker with 3 wickets in his bag. Mukesh Chaudhary, Simarjeet Singh and Dwayne Bravo took 2 wickets each. Meanwhile, Maheesh Theekshana took 1 wicket for the team.
Just when the fans thought that Mumbai was back to their winning ways, the team lost its last match against Kolkata. There is no chance that Mumbai will become a contender for the playoffs due to their heavy losses and terrible net run rate.
The team is still struggling with the bat. Wicketkeeper Ishan Kishan tried to keep his team in the game by scoring 51 runs. However, once he got out, the whole team crumbled within the next 20 runs. All-rounder Kieron Pollard has contributed nothing this season so far. Kieron is expected to knock the ball out of the park each night; however, he managed to do that for 0 nights this season. Tilak Varma also flopped with the bat in the last match. Suryakumar Yadav is the only batter who has consistently put out runs for the team. But recently, he was ruled out of the Indian T20 League 2022 because of a new forearm injury.
Veteran Jasprit Bumrah has been out of form since the start of the season. Even though he has been economical most of the times, the yorker-specialist has failed to take wickets in the death overs.
Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai is a high-scoring ground but it also supports bowlers as the match progresses. The average 1st innings total in T20Is at the stadium is 192 while the average 2nd innings total is 184. The previous games of IPL 2022 at the stadium have witnessed totals around 150s.
Probable Playing XI:
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Robin Uthappa, Ambati Rayudu, Moeen Ali, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Shivam Dube, Dwayne Bravo, Maheesh Theekshana, Simarjeet Singh, Mukesh Choudhary
Ishan Kishan (wk), Rohit Sharma (c), Tilak Varma, Tim David, Kieron Pollard, Ramandeep Singh , Daniel Sams, Murugan Ashwin, Kumar Kartikeya, Jasprit Bumrah, Riley Meredith
Keeper – Ishan Kishan (VC)
Batsmen – Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway (C), Tilak Varma, Ambati Rayudu
All-Rounders – Kieron Pollard, Moeen Ali, Dwayne Bravo
Bowlers – Mukesh Choudhary, Riley Meredith, Kumar Kartikeya
Keeper – MS Dhoni (VC), Ishan Kishan
Batsmen – Devon Conway (C), Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu
All-Rounders – Moeen Ali, Dwayne Bravo,
Bowlers – Jasprit Bumrah, Riley Meredith, Maheesh Theekshana, Mukesh Choudhary
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