Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings, 27th T20 Match Prediction2021-05-02
Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi, India
Chennai Super Kings
Chennai Super Kings
Man of the Match: Kieron Pollard
In the ‘EL Clasico’ of the IPL, can table topper CSK keep the momentum against defending champion Mumbai Indians?
We predict Mumbai Indians will win this match.
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In the match 27th of the IPL 2021, Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai Indians will take on MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi on Saturday, undoubtedly the ‘El Clasico’ of the IPL. MI and CSK are the most successful teams in the IPL history as they share 8 titles and 13 final appearances between them. In the IPL 2021 edition, CSK is brimming with confidence following its success so far. Following the defeat in the opening game of the season, CSK came back strong and won five consecutive games. Currently, with 10 points from 6 matches and good NRR, they are strongly placed at top of the table. Men in yellow looked rock-solid in both and batting and bowling and different players stood up and won the game for the side. Notably, the opening duo of Gaikwad and Faf Du Plessis is in great form. A win on Saturday will further strengthen the CSK’s position at the top of the table. Hence, Dhoni and co would be hoping for yet another good performance against the formidable MI.
On the other hand, defending champion Mumbai Indians won three out of their six matches and currently, with 6 points they are at 4th place on the table. They enter this game on the back of a convincing win against RR by seven wickets. Before the previous game, while playing on the slower track, MI’s batting didn’t click completely and they failed to deliver complete performance. However, they had a good start at the new venue, and the track at Delhi is more suitable for their batting firepower. Notably, MI recent record against CSK is very strong as they won 6 out of 7 games and, hence, Rohit Sharma and co would be hoping for yet another clinical performance, and keeps the momentum going.
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Mumbai Indian is the most successful team in the history of IPL after winning five trophies and the defending champion as well. Mumbai got a very strong squad and their players did well consistently however in the ongoing edition of IPL their middle-order batting looks out of touch. So, MI would be aiming to address their batting woes to achieve consistency when they take on CSK. In the batting, skipper Rohit Sharma is leading from the front, he scored 215 runs from the last 6 innings at an average of 35. He is a vital cog in MI’s batting line-up and hence onus will be on him to do the bulk of the scoring. His opening partner, De Kock is also back in the groove with a match-winning knock of 50 balls 70 against the RR in the last game. He will be hoping to carry on the good form and provide a good opening stand with Rohit. At 3 & 4, MI got S Yadav and I Kishan, both got huge success in the last season, however, they failed to produce likewise performance. Surya did play some impact knock but failed to deliver on his promise. S Yadav scored 249 runs at an average of 49 against the CSK, he is certainly the player to watch out for in this contest.
In the middle-order, MI’s firepower of K Pollard, H Pandya and K Pandya has struggled while batting on the slower track. Batting trio good form is very crucial for MI to go long way in the tournament. On the bowling front, MI got one of the best attacks in the ongoing IPL 2021 edition. Pacers Bumrah and T Boult were outstanding and helped MI defending the below-par total. The bowling duo possesses great skills to bowled in the powerplay and also in death overs. In spin, leggie Rahul Chahar was very impressive the middle-overs, he bagged 11 wickets from 6 games.
Key Players – R Sharma, S Yadav, R Chahar
Dhawal Kulkarni, Trent Boult, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Rahul Chahar, Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma, SA Yadav, James Neesham
|Q de Kock||70||50||6||2||140|
Three times champion, Chennai Super Kings is the second most successful franchise in the IPL led by former Indian skipper MS Dhoni. CSK’s team combination looks very balanced and strong, they got plenty of options in batting and bowling. In the last game, CSK put together an inspired performance against depleted SRH and won the game by a big margin of 7 wickets. In batting, CSK openers R Gaikwad and Faf Du Plessis came well yet again in the previous match and put up a 129 runs partnership. Faf Du Plessis with 270 runs from 6 innings at a strike rate of 140 is currently second in the leading scorer list. R Gaikwad also played well for his 192 and currently the second-best batsmen for CSK in the ongoing season. The batting duo will aim for another good partnership against MI’s lethal bowling attack. The biggest positive for CSK is they got some contribution in batting from different players at the top and in middle. Raina has also played some impact inning in previous matches. Notably, Raina is the highest scorer against MI; scored 730 from 30 innings at an average of 30.
In the middle-order, CSK got great fire-power with the likes of Dhoni, Jadeja and S Curran in their rank. Arguably, R Jadeja is one of the best all-rounders in all the format of the game, he scored 28 balls 62 and bagged 3 for 13 in a four-over spell against RCB. Jadeja is a key asset for CSK and the all-rounder can win many more games for his side. On the bowling front, D Chahar did a splendid job and he is amongst the top wicket-taker; took 8 wickets from 6 innings. He got the ability to swing the ball both ways and will be a bowler to watch out for in powerplay. S Curran and S Thakur will be other pacers for CSK. The left-arm spinner, R Jadeja also picked 5 wickets in the middle over and restrict the run flow.
Key Player – Fad Du Plessis, R Jadeja, D Chahar.
Lungi Ngidi, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Deepak Chahar, SN Thakur, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Sam Curran, MS Dhoni
|F du Plessis||56||38||6||1||147.37|
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||31||0 mm.||2.66 k/h||From: NW||75%|
|03h||32||0 mm.||2.52 k/h||From: NNE||79%|
|06h||36||0 mm.||1.3 k/h||From: W||78%|
|09h||41||0 mm.||3.3 k/h||From: WSW||98%|
|12h||40||0 mm.||3.62 k/h||From: NW||57%|
|15h||36||0 mm.||5.2 k/h||From: WSW||39%|
|18h||34||0 mm.||2.41 k/h||From: NW||68%|
|21h||33||0 mm.||3.52 k/h||From: NNW||84%|
The weather forecast in Delhi on Saturday is mostly sunny and very warm. The pitches at Delhi this year looks good for both batting bowling. We have seen in the last two games, the surface gets better and better as the game progresses. 156 is the average first inning score at this venue and 145 is the average second inning score.
The match will be played at Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi.
Both the earlier games at this venue were won by a chasing team very convincingly. Also, taking into consideration the dew factor in the second inning, both teams would look to bowl first after winning the toss.
Any MI-CSK clash is a marquee match-up. It’s a rivalry that has, over the last decades, acquired dynamics of its own. CSK is on song in the IPL 2021 edition after a five-wins in a row, on the other hand, defending champion MI looks average this season. However, MI’s bowling attack is very formidable when compared with CSK and statistically as well MI holds the upper hand with six wins from the last seven games opposite CSK. So, we expect it to be a thrilling game, but Mumbai Indians will be a favourite in this game.
We predict Mumbai Indians will win this match.
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