Date & Time: on Wednesday, April 3rd; 08:00pm IST
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
The two biggest franchises of the IPL, Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings face off each other on Wednesday in the financial capital, Mumbai. Chennai Super Kings is the most settled team in the season as they have won all the 3 matches played so far.
Mumbai, on the other hand, has few concerns to deal with. The batting was mediocre for the large part. The bowling has not been consistent either, with the exception of Bumrah. Their only victory of this season was a closely contested one, that too with a controversial ending.
Mumbai might consider bringing Jason Behrendroff in place of the expensive Mitchell McClenaghan and they might also consider either Ishan Kishan or Ben Cutting in place of Pollard, who has been lukewarm with his performance. On the other hand, Chennai might consider leaving out a spinner to make way for an extra pacer or batsman.
The last match played at this venue has produced a run-fest. On Wednesday it will be the same, as runs are expected to fly once again in Mumbai. In the previous season, the average score at this venue was 180. Weather-wise there is no chance of rain on the match day, but dew is a major factor in this match which will make things easy for the chasing team.
The Mumbai Captain looked good in the last two matches as he produced brisk starts for the team, but he couldn’t capitalize on the starts on both occasions. On Wednesday when the Mumbai Indians face off Chennai Super Kings, this might change in a big way, as the Hitman enjoys playing against these visitors.
In the last 5 encounters against the Chennai bowlers, Rohit has been dismissed only once and he has a strike rate of 168 & 193 respectively against the likes of Shardul Thakur and Dwyane Bravo.
The seasoned campaigner is in good form in this season. He may not have played a big knock so far but his crisp knocks have come in handy. We expect a big innings from him against Mumbai, as he has a great record against their bowlers. In the last 5 encounters against them, Raina has scored 201 runs at a strike rate of 158. We expect him to continue his good form provided he sees off the dangerous Bumrah, who has dismissed him twice in last 5 encounters.
The previous season’s Mumbai top scorer is yet to show his class in this season. This might be the time for the right-handed batsman to come good, as he is playing at his home ground. He scored 107 runs against Chennai bowlers at a strike rate of 144 in last 5 encounters against them.
The right arm pacer has started the season well. He has picked 6 wickets so far. We expect him to continue his good form against Mumbai as well, as he has a commendable record against them. Except Rohit Sharma, the remaining batsmen have a poor record against this champion bowler. He has dismissed Dekock twice and Pollard thrice in last 5 encounters.
The right arm pacer has been consistent with his performance. His performance might reach dizzying heights against Chennai on Wednesday, as he has a great record against them. He has a strike rate of 17 against Chennai batsman, which also include the dismissals of Watson, Raina, and Dhoni twice in the last 5 encounters. We expect he will continue his brilliant record against Chennai.
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