Kolkata: A clash between the Mumbai Indians and the Chennai Super Kings has been one of the traditional rivalries in IPL history – and it will be no different when they face off at the venue on Saturday ” neutral ” at Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi.
It will be interesting to see if the current champions, in fourth place in the table after their seven-wicket win over the Rajasthan Royals on Thursday, can build on the latest win which saw them chasing a normal target on a decent hitting surface. . Skipper Rohit Sharma was somewhat relieved to see his opening partner Quinton de Kock regain his bearings with his first half-century of tournament play this season, although a few question marks linger on their middle order.
De Kock’s 15th half-century in the IPL featured six fours and two sixes as the South African drove and shot well against the fast bowlers. “We needed this victory after a few losses,” said Sharma. “We did everything right today, from the first ball, very happy with Quinny’s shot, we know how good he can be. Not to mention Krunal’s sleeves as well. ”
Mumbai, who had replaced Ishan Kishan with Nathan Coulter-Nile in an effort to balance their bowling resources (with Hardik Pandya not risking as a bowler), could face the dilemma again as they would need a total in the region of 190 to stop the Chennai juggernaut.
The ‘Yelloves’, who look like a transformed side from last season, are currently at the top of the list with MSDhoni’s men appearing to be the most versatile team to date. The opening combination of young Ruturaj Gaikwad and senior pro Faf du Plessis had been in exemplary form as they set up a 129-point partnership against Sunrisers Hyderabad in their last game, but they will face a challenge. much more quality in the form of Trent Boult. and Jasprit Bumrah from the start.
The Delhi Capitals, meanwhile, rose to second in the standings after their seven-wicket victory over Kolkata Knight’s Cavaliers in the evening game in Ahmedabad on Thursday. The victory took Delhi to 10 points, tied with third-placed Royal Challengers Bangalore and CSK.
DC’s Net Execution Rate (NRR) of +0.466 is greater than +0.089 for RCB but less than +1.475 for CSK. Mumbai are fourth with six points, followed by the worst-placed Punjab Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders and SunRisers Hyderabad.
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Mumbai Indians vs. Chennai Super Kings
Arun Jaitley Stadium, New Delhi