This is a crucial game for both teams in the tournament's second phase. The Mumbai Indians have an edge with a game in hand, and both teams are separated by only one point. Mumbai enters Chepauk after two dominant wins, while Chennai has struggled to find a win in their last three games and slipped down the table after starting at the top.
Chennai's last game against Lucknow, which unfortunately got washed out, showcased a dominating bowling performance from their middle-over bowlers Tushar and Jadeja. Both have managed to place themselves among the top seven wicket-takers of the season so far. It will be an exciting match-up to see them go against Mumbai's strong middle-order set up.
Aside from the match-ups, the pitch and weather conditions will play a crucial role in this game. Chennai has been a surprising batting paradise, which does not bode well for either team as their bowling department has been underwhelming. Although CSK bowlers have taken wickets, they have also been expensive. Their leading wicket-taker has gone for over 10 runs an over after 10 games.
Despite coming back from injury, neither of their star bowlers has proven to be effective. Archer was hit for 56 runs against Punjab, and Chahar gave up 41 runs in a low-scoring game against LSG.
It'll be expected from both the team's to go unchanged as Mumbai are rolling on two big wins and high on confidence and Chennai are walking into Chepauk straight from Lucknow after a convincing bowling performance. But if we're in for a surprise, we could see Mitchell Santer making into the team for Maheesh Theekshana and for Mumbai, Shoken could find a place in the XI considering the long list of left handers at Chennai's disposal.
Devon Conway, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ajinkya Rahane, Shivam Dube, Moeen Ali, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Tushar Deshpande, Deepak Chahar, Maheesh Theekshana, Matheesha Pathirana.
Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan,Cameron Green, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Tim David, Nehal Wadhera, Hrithik Shokeen, Jofra Archer,
Piyush Chawla, Akash Madhwal
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.
Despite being a fortress all these years, Chennai haven't won a game against Mumbai Indians at Chepauk since 2010 and they have lost two home games against Rajasthan and Punjab so far.
Form Update ( last 5 innings )
Chennai Super Kings
The opening duo of CSK are among runs and are in the top 6 run getters of the season so far. But despite the consistency, they're also consistent in losing early wickets against their arch rivals over the years, which usually causes the collapse. The partnership of Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway will be crucial for them in their afternoon clash.
Ravindra Jadeja's resurgence as a Spinner for the team has been one of the key factors for their success this season. I'll be interesting to see how MS Dhoni uses his trusted wicket taker in the middle overs against the packed middle order of Mumbai.
The middle order trio against Chennai's opening duo. Mumbai's comeback after a slow start to the season should be fully credited towards how their batsmen swoop the game in the middle and death overs. With all three of Suryakumar Yadav, Tim David and Tilak Varma striking at over 160's doesn't seem to help Chennai's already poor economy rate.