CSK vs MI: The mother of all clashes in the history of the IPL will take place on May 12. This is the match between two of the most successful franchises in the history of the Indian Premier League. This is the clash between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians. The match will start at 7:30 pm on Thursday at the Wankhede Stadium.
Irrespective of the performance of both teams this season, the excitement among fans is very high. However, both teams are sitting at the bottom of the table. But still, this will be another high-voltage match between both teams. MI is out of the tournament, but CSK can still qualify. So let’s check out the complete match details and possible XI for both teams.
CSK vs MI: Match Preview and Prediction
Chennai Super Kings
After thrashing Delhi Capitals in the last match, the Yellow Army is high on confidence. The way they played in the last match showed glimpses of the vintage Chennai Super Kings. After starting the season horribly, suddenly there is a change in performance since MS Dhoni got the captaincy. Both openers scored runs. Middle order batsmen are contributing. Moeen Ali appears to be a threat with both bat and ball. MS Dhoni did the finishing job.
Seamers are taking wickets and spinners are restricting the batters in the middle overs. Overall, they look like a complete and settled unit. Mathematically, they still have the chance to qualify for the playoffs, but for that they need to win all the matches. Then it will depend on how the other teams perform.
After losing the first nine matches, MI was kicked out of the competition. But then they bounced back with two good wins against strong opposition like RR and GT. But in the previous match, MI lost to KKR badly. The bowling department, led by Jasprit Bumrah, did a fantastic job of restricting KKR to 165 runs. But the batting collapsed once again. As a result, they were all out for 113 runs.
The batting is still a concern for the five-time champions as Suryakumar Yadav has been ruled out of the competition due to injury. So the No. 3 spot becomes more vital. However, they had some positives from the last match. Bumrah once again showed why he is considered the best bowler in the world with a five-wicket haul. Ishan Kishan also knocked up another half-century. But with nothing to lose, MI will come hard on CSK.
CSK vs MI Match, Pitch and Toss Update
The pitch at Wankhede is always good for the pace bowlers at the start. Overall, it is a complete batting surface. Batsmen can play their shots on the up without thinking about any uneven bounce. Average score at this pitch is 180. The toss becomes crucial in the T20 game, as winning the toss will give an extra edge. Team winning the toss should field first, as chasing will be easier than batting first. The team batting second has won six out of ten matches on this pitch this season. Last match on this pitch saw RCB score 192 in the first innings and win the match by 62 runs against SRH.
CSK vs MI: Head to Head
This is the oldest rivalry in the IPL. Both teams have met a total of 33 times in the history of the IPL. But MI is the only team which is ahead of CSK in terms of wins. So far, the Mumbai Indians have won 19 matches, as compared to CSK’s 14 wins. However, the last match between the two ended in the favor of CSK.
IPL 2022: CSK vs MI: Players to watch out for
Devon Conway has been in the best form of his life. In his short IPL career of four matches, he has impressed everyone. Coming off three back-to-back half-centuries, he would like to make it four. So far, the left-hander has scored 231 runs in just four matches at an average of 77.
Mukesh Choudhary was the one who did the damage in the last match when both teams met. He got the wickets of both openers for zero. He also bowled well in the last match and took two wickets. He has taken 13 wickets so far at a strike rate of 15.9.
Rohit Sharma hasn’t had the number this season to convince. But he has got some starts. And this time, against CSK, he will come up all guns blazing. He was unlucky that he got out to a controversial decision in the last match against KKR. But now this is the time to show some batting class.
Jasprit Bumrah showed his skills and shut down all the critics with just one performance in the last match. He resgitered his career best figure of 5/10 in his four overs against KKR. And against CSK, he will be the hardest hurdle to get through.
IPL 2022: Predicted 11 team of the match Prediction
Wicket-keeper: MS Dhoni (CSK), Ishan Kishan (MI)
Batsmen: Rohit Sharma (MI), Devon Conway (CSK), Ruturaj Gaikwad (CSK), Tilak Verma (MI)
All-rounders: Moeen Ali (CSK), Daniel Sams (MI)
Bowlers: Jasprit Bumrah (MI), M Theekshana (CSK), Mukesh Choudhary (CSK)
Tips: Devon Conway or Virat Kohli will be the captain of the team. Rohit Sharma will be the vice-captain. MI has a better winning record over CSK, but the Yellow Army are in better shape. So we will back the Chennai Super Kings to win the match. However, the team winning the toss might win the game as well.