Venue: Chepauk, Chennai
CSK won: 12
MI won: 15
The biggest rivalry of IPL cricket is back. Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians have won 6 IPL titles between them. But what’s more alluring is the fact that MI remains the only team against which CSK holds a losing record against. They have won only 12 off their 27 games against MI, while winning more than 60 percent of their games against every other IPL team. Rohit’s men represent a bogey team for Dhoni’s men, and it only helps that these are two of the most successful T20 teams in India today.
Captain: MS Dhoni
With 8 wins out of 11, CSK is assured of a playoff spot. The table-toppers are back on top after a minor glitch, where they lost to SRH and RCB, only to come back into form in their home game against SRH. CSK hasn’t played spectacular cricket, and most of their top order is not in form, but they have somehow managed to win many games, and are favourites to win this year’s title once again. Watson scored 96 against SRH after failing for 10 games, while CSK remain unbeaten in their 4 games at the Chepauk. Incidentally, MI was the team that last defeated CSK in their own fortress, back in 2015 before the two-year ban. CSK can afford to lose this one, but they won’t want to, especially not against a team that has had their number for years now. The problems remain the same though: Raina, Jadhav and Rayadu haven’t fired this season, but Dhoni’s batting has lent some balance to the middle order. Tickets for this match are available here: https://in.bookmyshow.com/sports/ipl-chennai-super-kings/ET00097727
Watson, Du Plessis, Raina, Rayadu, Jadhav, Dhoni, Jadeja, Bravo, Chahar, Harbhajan, Tahir
Captain: Rohit Sharma
Mumbai has won 6 out of 10 games this season. After losing two of their first three, MI went on a 4-match winning run before losing two of their last 3. Their captain, Rohit Sharma, has not scored a fifty yet, and his form has hurt their chances of beating inferior teams. Yet, they have their fate in their own hands. A win here till take them to second place ahead of DC on net run-rate, and two more wins will seal their playoff spot. For once, MI will not have to come from behind. Incidentally, MI is the team that ended CSK’s perfect start to the 2019 season at the Wankhede earlier in the month. MI hasn’t played for 5 days now after losing to the Royals. The Chepauk will be a big test for them, and one expects the captain to finally shine on a slow pitch. Book your tickets to the rest of MI’s crucial matches here: https://in.bookmyshow.com/sports/ipl-mumbai-indians/ET00097338
Rohit, De Kock, Suryakumar, Ishan Kishan, Pollard, Hardik, Krunal, Chahar, Behrendoff, Bumrah, Malinga
Back MI to end Chennai’s home streak in style.