As the caravan of the Indian Premier League moves to Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai Indians eagerly welcome their arch-rivals Chennai Super Kings to their fortress on Wednesday. After losing two of their three encounters, Mumbai Indians would be desperate to get back to winning ways when they meet CSK, who are coming off their three wins in as many games. Both the teams locked horns with each other for the first time on April 24, 2008, and their meeting has remained an anticipated affair since.
Mumbai Indians lost their last match to the Kings XI Punjab and they would aim to get back to winning ways when they meet defending champions for the next header. Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians are the two most successful franchises in the history of the tournament with three titles each. However, Mumbai Indians have an upper hand over the yellow brigade as they have managed to win four out of five times in their previous meeting. Mumbai Indians hold an overall advantage as well with 12 wins in 14 meetings. However, mere statistics do not present Mumbai Indians as favourites. Considering the purple patch of the counterparts, Chennai Super Kings cannot be underestimated at all.
“We lost a bit of momentum in the middle while batting. I wouldn’t say 176 was a winning score but we were in the game if we bowled well. The wicket was very nice. Big scores have been chased in Mohali. These things can happen and I don’t want to be too critical about my bowlers,” said skipper Rohit Sharma
“Feeding off his energy and he also encouraged me to be positive, that is important. I enjoy batting with him because he makes batting so easy. He puts the opposition under so much pressure,” said Bravo.
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Match Timing: 08:00 pm, Wednesday
MI against CSK
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This pitch is considered to be a batting-friendly track. It also helps the spinners who bowl in the second innings because the stadium stands in the vicinity of the sea.
Mumbai Indians Squad
Pankaj Jaiswal, Rohit Sharma (c), Yuvraj Singh, Lasith Malinga, Kieron Pollard, Mayank Markande, Krunal Pandya, Aditya Tare, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jason Behrendorff, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Anmolpreet Singh, Alzarri Joseph, Suryakumar Yadav, Ben Cutting, Jayant Yadav, Quinton de Kock, Evin Lewis, Barinder Sran, Siddhesh Lad, Rahul Chahar, Anukul Roy, Rasikh Salam
Chennai Super Kings Squad
M.S. Dhoni (c), Mitchell Santner, David Willey, Sam Billings, Mohit Sharma, Faf du Plessis, Chaitanya Bishnoi, N Jagadeesan, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, KM Asif, Deepak Chahar, Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Dhruv Shorey, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav, Shardul Thakur, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Murali Vijay
Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Yuvraj Singh, Keiron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga
Chennai Super Kings
Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Santner, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir
Fantasy Picks Chennai Super Kings