Each year when the Indian Premier League (IPL) starts there is a blockbuster game to engage the fans. There are some good team rivalries. One of them is M.S. Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings and Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai Indians. This was the match in last year IPL final too which was won by Mumbai on the last ball giving them the 4th title in the last 8 years. Chennai Super Kings (CSK) is considered as a most consistent team in the IPL history as it is a team which often goes to the playoff without many hiccups whereas Mumbai Indians (MI) as a team who picks up in the later half of the tournament and have won more titles than any other franchise. They both have met each other in 4 IPL finals out which CSK has won one whereas MI has won three which puts it slightly higher than CSK.
So let us check on some more numbers in statistical highlights on this battle.
Number of Matches played between them in Total — 30
Number of Matches won Most — 18 by Mumbai Indians which is 60%
Best Batsman — Suresh Raina, who plays out of his skin against MI, 722 runs but will not be available for at least tonight’s game.
Best Bowler — Lasith Malinga, the best death bowler in MI who always gives his best against CSK scalping 36 wickets. (Both of them are missing the IPL due to personal reasons)
In the Last Five Battles, Mumbai Indians have won all the matches against Chennai Super Kings and have the longest winning streak against them and look stronger in tonight’s battle too. But one more interesting statistic to note, Mumbai Indians had lost all the matches played in UAE when the IPL was held there last time in 2014.
Players to Watch for in this contest.
M.S.Dhoni — To see him play again on the cricket field is a joy and the whole of the nation will be in awe to see him hit the helicopter shot again. He as a captain will be sharp too and will definitely have a huge impact on this contest.
Rohit Sharma — The best opener in this format or too the matter in any format, the captain who has won the most tournament and can make the opposition out of the match with his attacking and a brilliant leadership skills too in the nerve and important battle.
Jasprit Bumrah — The bowler who knows to deliver the blows to the opposition be it bowling at start, middle or in the final crucial overs is an asset for any team. With Lasith Malinga not available for the tournament, the pressure to deliver will be more on him. The battle between M. S Dhoni and him could be a contest to watch out as both have good history against each other with Burmah having an upper hand.
Amabati Rayadu — A talented player whose responsibility increases with the absence of Suresh Raina in the line-up. Rayadu can play the anchor or also he can attack the bowling too in need.
Hardik Pandya & Keiron Pollard — Reason to put them together as they are almost identical. Batting, bowling and fielding every aspect gets covered with them in the team. The Mumbai Indians looks strong in the line up with their presence. Both of them have had good success against CSK in the past.
Imran Tahir — The old horse who is an important part of the Chennai Super Kings set up. His 4 overs will be the key in the match against the powerful Mumbai batting line-up. May be the battle against Rohit Sharma will be the one to watch for as Rohit Sharma plays spin well and the tracks spinning in Dubai will be a key factor of success for Chennai in form of Imran Tahir.
Mumbai Indians Seems to have an Upper Hand in this Context, but they generally loose the 1st match of the tournament.