About the Match
Rohit Sharma has certainly changed the fortunes of Mumbai Indians and has brought them to the winning ways. They now have an uphill task of challenging Dhoni led Chennai Super Kings on Sunday, 5th May 2013 at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. Chennai have been clinical in their approach and are on seven match winning streak. Mumbai Indians, on the contrary, have gone through ups and downs, but have managed to stay in the competition with six wins out of ten. Mumbai crowd is known to support their home side strongly which can be crucial in crunch situations. The pitch is expected to be a flat deck and a high scoring game shouldn’t be surprising.
Chennai Super Kings:
After losing two games early in the tournament, everyone questioned their team combination, especially opening slot and overseas players to select. They got it right rather quickly and have not looked back since then. Chennai Super Kings are rocking and rolling by winning every game that comes their way in last seven games. Michael Hussey is in excellent form, giving tough competition to Caribbean batsman Chris Gayle for orange cap. Suresh Raina scored a brilliant century and pushed the target beyond the reach of KXIP in their last game. With such a balanced side and almost everyone in brilliant form, it would be very difficult to stop them from continuing their winning run.
Mumbai Indians have risen through the losses they conceded early in the tournament. They’ve always found a man to win them a game from last many games that they’ve won. Most of their victories have been due to the effort of single player, be it Dwayne Smith or skipper Rohit Sharma. Despite having Malinga, Ojha and Harbhajan, their bowling looks slightly out of color. Sachin Tendulkar hasn’t got a big score in the tournament and questions are being asked about his inclusion. With likes of Pollard and Dwayne Smith, they surely have the firepower in the batting and beating them, especially at home, can be a very difficult job.
Mumbai Indians are playing at home and would certainly enjoy crowd support, but the question is: Can they stop the cruising Chennai Super Kings who are on seven win streak? Chennai have won their games clinically with and have almost everyone in prime form. Mumbai Indians, on the contrary looks to be a little over-dependent on Rohit Sharma and Dwayne Smith. Tendulkar’s poor run and their out of color bowling add to their troubles. With the kind of form they’re in, Chennai Super Kings have to be favorites to win this one.
Chennai Super Kings, 1.80 @ Bet365