Mumbai Indians can also draw confidence from the fact that they have 20 wins in 34 meetings against Chennai Super Kings in a head-to-head battle in 13 out of the 15 editions where the two teams locked horns
Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja (Pic: @ipl/Twitter/BCCI)
Rohit Sharma will look to regain his lost momentum both as a batsman and skipper, when Mumbai Indians square off against an astute Mahendra Singh Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings in what could be safely billed as a Saturday night IPL blockbuster. Rested well for a week after their their crushing loss against RCB in season-opener, Mumbai will have to deliver under additional pressure in front of their passionate home fans here at the Wankhede Stadium. More so, given how ruthlessly Royal Challengers Bangalore blew their Playing XI in a one-sided game last Sunday.
For what it is worth, Mumbai Indians can also draw confidence from the fact that they have 20 wins in 34 meetings against Chennai Super Kings in a head-to-head battle in 13 out of the 15 editions where the two teams locked horns.
MI vs CSK: Dream11 Prediction
Wicketkeeper: Devon Conway
Batters: Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Ruturaj Gaikwad (c), Tilak Varma (vc)
All-rounders: Ravindra Jadeja, Ben Stokes, Mooen Ali, Cam Green
Bowlers: Jofra Archer, Arshad Khan
MI vs CSK: Full squads
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Cameron Green, Tilak Varma, Tim David, Nehal Wadhera, Hrithik Shokeen, Piyush Chawla, Jofra Archer, Arshad Khan, Jason Behrendorff, Ramandeep Singh, Shams Mulani, Sandeep Warrier, Vishnu Vinod, Riley Meredith, Duan Jansen, Dewald Brevis, Tristan Stubbs, Arjun Tendulkar, Kumar Kartikeya, Akash Madhwal, Raghav Goyal
Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (c & wk), Devon Conway, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, Shivam Dube, Mitchell Santner, Deepak Chahar, RS Hangargekar, Tushar Deshpande, Dwaine Pretorius, Subhranshu Senapati, Shaik Rasheed, Ajinkya Rahane, Sisanda Magala, Nishant Sindhu, Ajay Jadav Mandal, Prashant Solanki, Simarjeet Singh, Akash Singh, Bhagath Varma
MI vs CSK: Predicted Playing XI
Mumbai Indians (batting first): Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Cameron Green, Tilak Varma, Nehal Wadhera, Tim David, Hrithik Shokeen, Arshad Khan, Piyush Chawla, Jofra Archer
MI predicted XI (bowling first): Rohit Sharma (c), 2 Ishan Kishan (wk), Cameron Green, Tilak Varma, Nehal Wadhera, Tim David, Hrithik Shokeen, Jason Benrendorff, Arshad Khan, Piyush Chawla, Jofra Archer
Impact Player options: Piyush Chawla, Sandeep Warrier, Jason Behrendorff, Vishnu Vinod, Ramandeep Singh
Chennai Super Kings (batting first): Devon Conway, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes, Shivam Dube, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni (c, wk), Sisanda Magala/Dwaine Pretorius, Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Deepak Chahar
CSK predicted XI (bowling first): Devon Conway, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni (c, wk), Sisanda Magala/Dwaine Pretorius, Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Deepak Chahar, Tushar Deshpande/Simarjeet Singh
Impact Player options: Tushar Deshpande, Simarjeet Singh, Sisanda Magala, Ajinkya Rahane, Dwaine Pretorius
MI vs CSK: Toss update
Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni wins toss, opts to bowl against Mumbai Indians at Wankhede.
MI vs CSK: Confirmed Playing XIs
Mumbai Indians: R Sharma (c), I Kishan (wk), C Green, S Yadav, T Varma, T Stubbs, T David, H Shokeen, J Behrendorff, A Khan, P Chawla
Chennai Super Kings: R Gaikwad, D Conway, A Rahane, R Jadeja, M Dhoni (c/wk), S Dube, D Pretorius, D Chahar, M Santner, S Magala, T Deshpande
10:45 PM: Chennai Super Kings win by seven wickets
10:30 PM:134/3 after 15 overs
Shivam Dube gets bowled out by Kumar Kartikeya. Now that was a soft dismissal. Dube waited for a gentle length ball to cut behind square, but unfortunately got an under edge back onto the stumps. It was a long wait for Dube before playing the shot, and he paid the price for it. Kartikeya celebrated the wicket like KL Rahul, who usually cups his ears in delight. Dube scored 28 runs off 26 balls, hitting two fours and a six during his stay in the middle
10:20 PM: 112/2 after 13 overs
The start of Piyush Chawla's over saw Shivam Dube hammer the ball down to long-on for a boundary off the first ball. The ball was tossed up and Dube dealt with it perfectly. Rituraj Gaikwad followed suit by driving the ball past cover for another boundary later in the over, collecting the second four of the over for CSK. With these two boundaries, CSK scored 11 runs in the tenth over, taking their total to 97 runs for the loss of two wickets.
9:55 PM: 101/2 after 12 overs
Oh no, that's a wicket! Suryakumar Yadav takes an easy catch to dismiss the dangerous Ajinkya Rahane. Piyush Chawla was the bowler who got the breakthrough, with Rahane attempting to punch the ball down the ground but instead cue-ending it to Yadav at long-on. The fielder in the deep made no mistake and Rahane was forced to walk back to the pavilion after a magnificent knock.
9:45 PM: 98/1 after 11 overs
Grabbing the opportunity with both hands, Rahane, who is making his debut for CSK, smashed a quickfire fifty in just 19 balls. This is the second-fastest fifty by any CSK batter. This is also the third fastest fifty against Mumbai.
9:35 PM: 78/1 after 8 overs
After losing Devon Conway early, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ajinkya Rahane are taking a cautious approach to guide Chennai Super Kings towards their target of 158 runs against Mumbai Indians. The duo managed to score only nine runs in Behrendorff's over, with Rahane hitting a six. Despite the early setback, the partnership between Gaikwad and Rahane has started to gain momentum, and they will be looking to build a substantial partnership to put their team in a strong position. With the pressure of the chase mounting, it will be crucial for the Chennai Super Kings to maintain their composure and focus on building a solid innings.
9:28 PM: 45/1 after 4 overs
Behrendorff strikes as he clean bowls Conway! The ball is chopped onto the leg stump, and Conway departs for a duck. Behrendorff is elated with the wicket, and it is just what Mumbai Indians needed at this stage. Conway appeared hesitant, and his dismissal was inevitable. The delivery was slightly short of length and seamed in sharply from outside off. Conway attempted to cut the ball towards point, but instead, he inside-edged it onto the leg stump. The New Zealand opener walks back to the pavilion without scoring, and Behrendorff's delivery has given Mumbai Indians a crucial breakthrough. The dismissal will provide a significant boost to the morale of the Mumbai Indians, and they will look to capitalize on this opportunity.
9:10 PM: Mitch Santner speaks
Mitch Santner: "The total a bit below par. It did spin a bit, slower balls holding up. Started pretty flat. Hopefully, the dew will play a factor as well. We saw a couple grip so I went a bit slower to get overspin, and Jadeja always bowls well. The atmosphere is awesome, first time in a few years. It was a cracking crowd when we played at home as well, definitely different from New Zealand."
9:01 PM: 157/8 after 20 overs
Mumbai Indians post 157 for eight, CSK need 158 to win.
8:52 PM: 127/3 after 18 overs
Tim David is the last glimmer of hope for Mumbai Indians as Tristan Stubbs has also departed after getting caught at the boundary rope by Ruturaj Gaikwad, bowled by Magala. CSK will most certainly aim to restrict Mumbai under 150 runs tonight.
8:45 PM: 105/6 after 16 overs
With three wickets left for this innings, Mumbai are six wickets down with Tim David and Tristan Stubbs in the middle. It will be interesting to see how young guns turn tables around for Mumbai tonight.
8:30 PM: 89/5 after 12 overs
Tim David and Tilak Varma are in the middle for the Mumbai Indians as top order crumble yet again. Pressure on the MI batters at the moment just 8 overs left now and they have to put up a challenging total to get back in this contest against the Chennai Super Kings.
8:20 PM: 76/5 in 9.1 overs
Cameron Green gets caught and bowled by Ravindra Jadeja. What a catch that was by Jaddu! CSK on top at the moment as Cameron Green departs, MI are four wickets down in blink of an eye.
8:05 PM: 66/2 after 7 overs
Ishan Kishan gets caught by by Ravindra Jadeja in the latter's very first over. Mumbai Indians lose another wicket as Ishan is trapped by Dhoni and Co. Mumbai desperately need a partnership from here.
7:58 PM: 57/1 in 5.3 overs
Skipper Sharma gets clean bowled by the young Tushar Deshpande. Chennai Super Kings have somehow managed to calm down the run-rate storm with a wonderful delivery from Deshpande but Ishan is still at the crease to inflict damage.
7:50 PM: 30/0 after 3 overs
Mumbai openers are showing clear intent for the side as they take charge against all three bowlers who have come into the attack so far. Deepak Chahar is off the field as it looks like he is injured now.
7:30 PM: Match begins!
Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan open the proceedings for Mumbai Indians. Arjun Tendulkar has been named as a subsitute in this clash. Deepak Chahar attacks the stumps for Chennai Super Kings.