CSK vs MI Preview, Qualifier 1: Powerful test for Chennai Super Kings against Mumbai Indians
CHENNAI: Only 48 Hours After The End Of A Grueling League Stage, Chennai Super Kings And Mumbai Indians Comes Tuesday Here In Qualification 1 Personally Going To Resume The Newest Chapter Of An Immersive Rivalry.
A bit of fatigue may be inevitable at this point considering both teams played their final league games on Sunday And have had hectic travel days on Monday to make it to Chennai.
CSK, in particular, have had to undertake a longish journey from Mohali And landed in the city late on Monday evening. Skipper MS Dhoni, meanwhile, has taken a detour to Ranchi to cast his vote before joining the side. Neither team should have any trouble, however, motivating themselves given what is at stake: a place in the IPL 12 Final.
In the same breath, what is also at stake is bragging rights in a battle that has come to define the IPL over its 12 seasons. Both teams have not only tasted the most success in the IPL with three titles each but also have the backing of ardent fan bases that accompany them wherever they turn up. In a nutshell, they are pure box office. The last time these two teams met, Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma Referred To The Contest As The 'El Clasico' Or The IPL.
CSK, of course, will be upbeat despite the crushing loss to Kings XI Punjab in Mohali on Sunday. Dhoni And his band of men clad in yellow are back at 'fortress' Chepauk after all, where they have won six out of seven matches this season And possess an air of invincibility about them. The one time that they did slip up was against Mumbai Indians , who have been something of a nemesis for CSK.
Aside From Having A Superior Head To Head Record, Mumbai Is The Only Side To Have Consistently Outdone CSK At Chepauk, With Four Wins In Six IPL Matches At The Venue. They Also Seem To Be Hitting The Right Notes When It Matters, Having Notched Up Back-to-back Wins Heading Into The Playoffs. In Slight Contrast, CSK Have Suffered A Slide In Form In The Second Half Of The Tournament.
On Tuesday, Though, CSK Will Hope Their Familiarity With The Spin-friendly Chepauk Pitch Makes Up For These Glitches. They Are Unlikely To Have Experienced Kedar Jadhav After Having Suffered A Serious Shoulder Injury On Sunday, But The Fact That He Has Not Scored Many Runs This Season Should Be The Blow To A Degree.
Keeping the big picture aside, there are also some intriguing subplots - Suresh Raina vs Rohit Sharma , Dwayne Bravo vs Kieron Pollard And Hardik Pandya And the duel between the two spin bowling attacks. However, the contest that is likely to garner maximum eyeballs And have the biggest bearing on the outcome is between Dhoni And Jasprit Bumrah, considering the fact that the fortunes of their teams have hinged so heavily on them this season. On the one hand, there is Dhoni, who has not been 100% physically but has yet been at his destructive best during the death overs And led the batting charts for CSK.
And up against him, there will be Bumrah. The 25-year-old is at the peak of his powers And seldom falters while executing his skills in the death overs. It will be up to him to curtail the flaying bat of Dhoni towards the end.
Irrespective Of Which Team Comes Out On Top On Tuesday, The One Respite For Them Is The Loser Will Have A Lifeline In Three Days' Time.