Probable XI MI v CSK:

Mumbai Indians: 

Lendl Simmons, Parthiv Patel, Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Corey Anderson, Kieron Pollard, Jasprit Bumrah, Harbhajahn Singh, Mitchell McClenaghan, J Suchith, Vinay Kumar   

Chennai Superkings:

Brendon McCulllum, Dwayne Smith, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravi Ashwin, Mohit Sharma, Pawan Negi, Ashish Nehra 

The Game

Today’s game will see Chennai Super Kings face Mumbai Indians at Chepauk, Chennai from 8.00 PM onwards. Mumbai Indians have won 4 matches on a the trot but will miss the services of Lasith Malinga as Sri Lankans players are not allowed to play in Chennai. Chennai Super Kings will be eager to take advantage and book a place in the play off with a win over Mumbai Indians. Mumbai Indians need to win every match to stay in the tournament. The last time they met in this tournament Chennai won the match. 

PREVIOUS YEAR CLASHES

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 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.

Key Players

Suresh Raina

Suresh Raina played an important knock in the previous match against Royal Challengers Bangalore. On a difficult pitch where the batsmen were not able to score runs he came and played some excellent strokes. He scored 52 off 46 balls and helped Chennai to post 148. Against Mumbai Indians he needs to continue his form and play to his potential.

Ashish Nehra

Ashish Nehra has been in excellent form in the tournament. He is the leading wicket taker with 17 wickets to his name. While defending 149 he bowled brilliantly giving away 19 runs and picking 3 wickets to help Chennai register a 24 runs win. Against Mumbai Indians he needs perform the same way he has done in the tournament so far.

Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma played a captains knock in the previous match against Delhi. When the team was struggling at 40 for 4 he and Rayadu stitched an important partnership picking up singles and boundaries when required. He scored 46 off 37 balls and laid the foundation for Mumbai to win the match. Against Chennai Super Kings he needs to perform in same manner and ensure that Mumbai Indians are still alive in the tournament.

Harbhajan Singh

Harbhajan Singh was at his best in the previous match against Delhi Daredevils. He bowled 4 overs and conceded only 11 runs picking 2 wickets also. His bowling helped Mumbai Indians to restrict Delhi to a modest 152 runs. Against Chennai Super Kings he needs to be at his best and produce the right results for Mumbai Indians to stay alive in the tournament.

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