About the Match
The pitch at Dubai is not predictable and the match between Chennai and Mumbai on 25th April will be the 2nd match of the day at this venue. After two matches and no points on board, Mumbai Indians are looking to make a comeback here, playing after a gap of about a week. This will be the 4th match for the fancied Chennai Super Kings, who have accumulated 4 points on board, winning a tough match against a disciplined Rajasthan Royals with the narrowest margin of the tournament so far. Both teams are playing with a different frame of mind and Mumbai Indians will try their best to stop the winning roll of CSK, presenting an eventful match that’s likely to go down to the wire till the penultimate ball is bowled.
Chennai Super Kings
They have just registered a win against Rajasthan Royals by 7 runs, having been put to bat first and posting a moderate total and going on to defend it with grit; the players are on a high and in good form to take on Mumbai. McCullum and Smith played the initial overs in all the previous matches, posting decent opening stands and that allowed the other batsmen to play their shots and post an imposing total. If they lost to Kings XI Punjab, it was only an aberration caused by the continued good performance of the challenger. Jadeja is proving to be very useful, performing brilliantly with bat, ball and on the field, accounting for key dismissals in the previous matches and having held the innings together against Rajasthan Royals; his heroics helped the team post a decent total of 140 and then claimed 4 wickets to dismiss hard-hitters like Watson and Samson. Good support was provided by the rest of the bowlers and the team is eager to continue with their positivity and climb to the very top.
The season didn’t start well for them and the key players are not in good form; the gap of a week must make them feel jaded when they have to fight out and survive in the tournament by scoring some points to give a semblance of resistance. They lost to KKR in the tournament opener with a huge margin and against Royal Challengers Bangalore to they couldn’t perform better, setting a small target that the opponent achieved with 7 wickets in hand and 15 balls to spare! Formidable Hussey is struggling and so are the other overseas players, leaving the batting work to Rohit, Rayudu and Tare. They have Zaheer and Malinga doing a good job as strike bowlers, but the fielding needs to improve to support the cause of the team. Rohit has to change the batting order so that they can lay a good foundation in quick time and utilize the slogs to build up to hoist an imposing total. They have their strengths in all departments of the game, suiting the T20 demands but will have to pull up their socks and play as a team to improve their performance.
While Mumbai had sufficient time to strategize against the opponents, CSK have learnt their lessons from the 1st match loss and are doing well in all departments going in as the favorites. Though the contest will be a well fought one, Chennai looks better placed to emerge victorious here.
Chennai Super Kings, 1.57 @ Bet365