About the Match
Quite expectedly, the big boys of IPL have taken the first two spots and would be battling for a place in final. The first playoff is between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians and would be played at Feroz Shah Kotla, New Delhi. So far, there’s been pretty little to separate the two sides; they’ve won equal number of games and have quite close net run rate. Mumbai Indians haven’t tasted the success much in the business end of the tournament despite being here many times. Chennai Super Kings, on the other hand, have made it to the final four every time and it would be their fifth time in finals if they win this game. The equation is quite simple, the winner reaches the finals and the loser would stay in the tournament hanging with a thread. There is nothing to choose between the sides and I expect it to be a crunch game of Cricket.
Chennai Super Kings:
The men in yellow tasted a rare defeat at the hands of Royal Challengers Bangalore. There was no one to blame as Kolhi, Gayle, Zaheer and weather played their part. Chennai has won eleven wins to register 22 points on the table. Their wins have been impressive and have been achieved by team effort more often than not. It would be interesting to see if Hussey can keep his runs going and outscore Chris Gayle to reclaim the orange cap. Skipper MS Dhoni has been in tremendous touch and he is a danger man for any side. Mohit Sharma has been bowling with accuracy hand has troubled even the best batsmen of the world. Their only area of concern seems to be opening pair where Murali Vijay often consumes balls which put pressure on Mike. Overall, Chennai Super Kings is an excellent team and the fact that they’ve won the trophy two times tells their ability more than anything.
It wasn’t as difficult for Mumbai Indians to make it to the playoffs as it has been in previous editions of IPL. In fact, they’ve made it look so simple with their aggressive yet balanced gameplay. The team has blossomed like anything under the leadership of Rohit Sharma who himself has done splendidly well with the bat. Dinesh Karthick has contributed enough to make the opponents worry of him. Aditya Tare has impressed in both the games he has played and looks pretty set to open one another time. Although things didn’t go according to the plan in their last game at Dharamshala, but their major players did get important rest before an important game. Their bowlers have been doing well and for Mumbai to do well, they’d have to deliver again. The clouds of uncertainty over availability of Sachin Tendulkar still hover, which presents opening problem for MI. All in all, Mumbai Indians is a side with plenty of match winners and has grown stronger under the leadership of Rohit Sharma.
It’s pretty hard to choose between the sides as they both have shown tremendous performance over the previous month. Can the team from Bollywood make it to the finals? I think Chennai Super Kings might just prevail over Mumbai Indians because they’ve been in tricky situations before and seem to enjoy them and perform better. Skipper MS Dhoni is a T20 specialist and marshals his troops better than anyone else in the game and his hitting abilities are known to the world. With excellent team with an innovative leader, Chennai Super Kings is my pick for the game.
Chennai Super Kings, 1.87 @ Bovada