About the Match
CSK with 18 points held on to the topmost position and will go up against Mumbai Indians, who did well to accumulate 16 points in the end to climb to the second position, on 19th May at Mumbai. CSK firmed their grip on the top of the table after cruising to a victory against KXIP at Mohali while MI’s dramatic transformation after a very poor start shows their determination to continue with their winning momentum. It will surely be a contest with fireworks across the park and the team that can overcome challenges under crunch situations will definitely emerge victorious on Tuesday.
They defeated SRH by 9 wickets in their last match, chasing down the modest total of 120 within the 14th over itself. Parthiv Patel blasted an unbeaten 51 off 37 while Simmons smashed 48 off 44 as to guide MI to sweet victory. Bowlers put up a stunning effort to skittle out the opposition ranks; McClenaghan and Malinga gave them a rousing start as the former picked up 3-16 while Malinga claimed 2-17. They came into Sunday’s game after a win in a nail-biting finish against KKR by 5 runs; Hardik Pandya’s 61 off 31buccaneering knock took MI to a good total. Kieron Pollard scored 33 but struggled to make an impact, however, he gave Pandya valuable support. Overall, the players are performing well and stepping up when required the most. With big hitters like Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu and Kieron Pollard, the middle order looks rock solid while the top order has been consistent. They seem to be a determined side and will come out all guns blazing to win the upcoming match too.
Chennai Super Kings
CSK retained the top spot with a seven wicket win over KXIP in their last match after chasing a modest 131 with 19 balls to spare. Plessis notched up his sixth IPL fifty while Raina played a solid unbeaten 41. On the bowling front, they put up a professional show and never allowed the home team to better their scoring rate. Negi picked up 2-25 and was named player of the match while the others chipped in with economic contributions. Their last outing was dismal, playing against 7th placed Daredevils CSK’s batting failed miserably and they could manage only 119 overs and lost the match by 6 wickets. This is a formidable side to reckon with as their opening combination of McCullum and Smith has been the most fearsome and the middle order is also doing well. CSK pacers have been successful in picking up wickets at regular intervals; Ashish Nehra has been phenomenal so far and is likely to pull out some tricks against MI while Negi also did a fantastic job in the previous match. Ashwin, Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo provide variety and overall, they have the ability and fire-power to win the upcoming match and reach the finals.
CSK is a well-balanced team of established bowlers and batsmen while Mumbai Indians are also in fine-form, with all departments firing, after a sluggish start to the season. Though MI go in as strong team after their amazing performance recently, we feel that CSK has the psychological advantage to win the upcoming match.