In the first qualifier of the 12th season of the Indian Premier League, Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians will face each other at the MA Chidambaram Stadium today. This season, the Mumbai Group has defeated Chennai in both the matches of the Stage. Mumbai’s record is also better on Chennai’s home ground.
Both teams would like to win this match and secure their final seat. According to the format of the IPL, the Qualifier-1 team will reach the finals, while the losing team will go against the team winning the eliminator in the second qualifier on May 10.
Mumbai’s last defeat at the Chinnaswamy Stadium was in the Champions League Twenty20 in October 2011 against New South Wales. Mumbai was last in IPL in April 2010 in the IPL against Chennai. Since then, there were 5 matches between the two. Mumbai was successful in winning all.
Overall, both teams have played 28 matches against each other with Mumbai winning 16 and Chennai winning 12. Chennai has played 56 matches of the IPL so far on the home ground winning 41 of them.
Both the teams will face Chennai’s summer and humidity. Here’s a spin wicket for the home team. Here’s a score of more than 160 will be challenging. In this way, Mumbai spinners will have to work harder to win.
Mumbai’s strength: Captain Rohit Sharma is in excellent form. The team’s second opener Quinton DeCock is also giving them a good side. This season, both of them have scored the most runs for the team as an opening pair. Quinton is the top scorer of the team with 492 runs in 14 matches, while Rohit has 386 runs in the match. All-rounder Hardik Pandya is capable of playing a useful role in the middle order. Fast bowlers like Jaspreet Bumrah and Lasith Malinga are not easy to play.
Mumbai’s weakness: The team’s middle-order has not done anything special so far. Kieron Pollard has scored 240 runs in 14 matches. It includes an 83-run inning. Ishaan Kishan and Evian Lewis have also failed to perform according to their ability. Kudal Pandya is also number 40 in the top scorers’ list. They have 176 runs. Kuralnals are not as successful as spinners. He has 10 wickets in 14 matches.
Strength of Chennai: The strength of the team is the captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Dhoni is also the top scorer of the team. He has scored 368 runs in 12 stages of the group stage with a strike rate of 122.66. Apart from this, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, and Ambati Rayudu are also in good form.
Chennai’s weakness: The team’s weakness is not very successful in its fast bowlers and poor fielding. Dhoni has also accepted the bad fielding. However, he advocated compensating for the deficiency by giving a big goal to the opposing team. Talking about the most successful bowlers of the tournament, only one fast bowler Deepak Chahar is included in the top-10. Dwayne Bravo is at number 30. Shardul Thakur has also taken 6 wickets in 8 matches.
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