IPL has seen a bit of trend in recently concluded matches. Bat first, put a score of 170 plus on board and the chasing team will lose it marginaly by 10 to 15 runs. But that is fun. Good to see some good times for the bowlers in this batting dominated game. Its time for a big one today! Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians! The match will be held at MA Chidambaram stadium in Chennai. Watch the match live on Star Sports, HotStar mobile app, Sony Six and Sony Max.
If one has to learn the winning habit from a team, that team has to be Chennai Super Kings. Undoubtedly the most successful T20 team has another eye on the IPL title. They have won two IPL titles and two CLT20 trophies. They are also resting at the top of points tally with 14 points from 10 matches. Last time when they met MI, they handed them a defeat in their own backyard.
Brendon McCullum and Dwayne Smith are always ready to go after the bowlers. They believe in providing the team with a quick start and of course it involves risk. But its only a 20 overs affair and batters like Raina, Dhoni, Faf du Plesis can take care of the middle batting order.
Bowling wise CSK has done an absolutely beautiful job so far. Some of their wins were unbelievable from T20 standards where they posted a modest total but ended up being winners - thanks to some great bowling and fielding. Bravo and Nehra has done a brilliant job so far with the ball. They get good support from the likes of Jadeja, Ashwin, Negi and Pandey.
Mumbai Indians have seen a bad start to their IPL campaign. But slowly they have gained momentum. They have lately managed few wins and now they stand on sixth position with 10 points. A win today will take them a point above RCB on fourth position. But not to forget, specially the third and fourth positions are still wide open.
Lasith Malinga is likely to miss today's match. So bowling line up of Mumbai Indians would heavily rely on Harbhajan Singh and McClenaghan. As far as the batting in concerned, Rohit Sharma is still the ace for the team. He not only scores big but he scores quick! The camp would be happy to see Ambati Rayudu back in form. He played two match winning knocks lately.
CSK will next play Rajasthan Royals at home, while Mumbai Indians will travel back home to face Royal Challengers Bangalore.