Probable XI MI v CSK:
Lendl Simmons, Parthiv Patel, Rohit Sharma, Unmukt Chand, Corey Anderson, Kieron Pollard, Pawan Suyal, Jasprit Bumrah, Harbhajahn Singh, Mitchell McClenaghan, Pragyan Ojha
Brendon McCulllum, Dwayne Smith, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravi Ashwin, Mohit Sharma, Iswar Pandey, Ashish Nehra
The Wankedhe Stadium will host the 12th match between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians at 8.00 PM today. Chennai Super Kings has been on a roll this season winning 2 out 2 matches with their strong batting line consisting of Mcullum, Smith, Raina, Faf Du Plesis, Dhoni whereas Mumbai Indians have been struggling for form losing 3 out of 3 matches.
In the last match Chennai Super Kings batted brilliantly with Mucllum scoring a 100 and posting a massive total of 210 whereas Mumbai Indians struggled to get a total of 165 against Rajasthan with their top order struggling for form. Pollard and Corey Anderson played exceptionally well against Rajasthan but need their top order to fire big time.
PREVIOUS CLASHES in 2014:
The first time they battled out was on 25th April 2014 at Dubai. It was a low scoring encounter with Mumbai Indians batting first and scoring 141 for 7 with Rohit Sharma scoring 50 runs and Corey Anderson scoring 39, the rest of batting failed. While chasing Chennai hunt down the target in 19 overs with McCullum scoring 71 not out.
After 15 days they met again but this time in Mumbai on the 10th May 2014. This time Chennai chose to field. Mumbai Indians scored a modest total of 157 with Rayadu and Simmons being the top scorers. While Chasing 158 Chennai were made to work hard. Smith was the top scorer with 57. Dhoni played an important knock scoring 22 off 12 balls. Chennai won the game by 4 wickets with 3 balls to spare.
Again they met again with each in the eliminator on the 28th May in Mumbai. This time Chennai won the toss and chose to field. Mumbai openers were brilliant with Simmons scoring 67 and Hussey 39 whereas rest of batting failed to cash on to a good start. Mumbai Indians scored 173 for 8 in 20 overs. Chennai Super Kings chased the target in a professional manner with Raina scoring 54 off 33 balls and David Hussey scoring 40. Chennai won the match by 7 wickets with 8 balls to spare.
Against Sunrisers Hyderabad Brendon McCullum was at his best scoring 100 not out in 56 balls. He and Smith started the innings off to great start. McCullum played throughout the innings and just did not allow the bowlers to settle into a rhythm. His innings helped Chennai Super Kings to post a competitive total of 210 which Sunrisers were not able to do. Against Mumbai Indians his start will again help Chennai to put pressure on Mumbai Indians bowling.
The captian of the Chennai Super Kings Mahendra Singh Dhoni came up the order against Sunrisers and scored a quick fire knock of 53 off 29 balls. He just came and took a few balls to settle, then blasted the bowling to all parts of the ground which created pressure on their bowling. Against Mumbai Indians he will again a key member which can make a difference with the bat.
Kieron Pollard the hardest hitter of ball played a vital knock of 70 off 34 balls which helped Mumbai Indians score a respectable total of 165 after being 44 in 10 overs. Pollard came in, just settled for 3 to 4 overs. After settling in he played some wonderful strokes timing the ball well. He and Corey Anderson made sure that Mumbai scored freely in the death over’s.
After Aaron Finch has been ruled out of the IPL 8 season , Lendlon Simmons will open the innings for Mumbai Indians in today’s match. He must give Mumbai Indians a good start to the team so that the middle order can score freely. He has good record against Chennai Super Kings and is great chance for Simmons to score runs at the top and help Mumbai Indians to register their first win.