Pune: Match 27 of VIVO IPL 2018 will see a clash between a team at the top of the standings and a team occupying the floor of the eight-team table. The Chennai Super Kings are currently placed at the top of the standings with five wins from 6 matches, while their opponent Mumbai Indians’ numbers are just the opposite – five losses from six matches – and hence are placed at the other end of the table.
CSK have won matches from improbable situations. Four of their five wins have been last over finishes: one match was sealed off the last ball of the match, two matches were sealed with one ball remaining to be bowled, and their most-recent match against RCB was sealed with two balls to spare.
At the Wankhede in Mumbai earlier this month, CSK had defeated the defending champions by one wicket. Chennai would be pleased that most of their batters – Australian Shane Watson, Ambati Rayadu, Dwayne Bravo, Dhoni are in form. Only Suresh Raina has been out of form and he would be keen to be among the runs.
Mumbai Indians too have uncovered a gem in Suryakumar Yadav, who after establishing a reputation as a finisher, is revelling in his new role of opener. In his four innings as opener, the 27-year old has made scores of 53, 0, 72 and 34. MI will need more from the rest of their top four; Evin Lewis and Ishan Kishan have reputations of being destructive batsmen, but they haven’t fired consistently – despite batting ahead of Rohit Sharma, who has an outstanding record at the international level.
Skipper Rohit Sharma has failed to fire in five of the six games and so is Kieron Pollard. But if Rohit, Pollard, Surya, Evin Lewis and Hardik Pandya fire in unison, Mumbai can set up or chase big totals.
The leg-spinner Mayank Markande, MI’s top wicket-taker so far this season, and Jasprit Bumrah, are the two bowlers to watch out for. The ‘death overs’ specialist Jasprit Bumrah and Bangladesh pacer Muztifizur Rahman have not lived up to the expectations.
Team Head to Head
Overall: Matches – 23, Mumbai Indians won – 12, Chennai Super Kings won – 11
Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni(c), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf du Plessis, Harbhajan Singh, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif, Kanishk Seth, Lungi Ngidi, Dhruv Shorey, Murali Vijay, Sam Billings, Mark Wood, Kshitiz Sharma, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur, N Jagadeesan.
MI: Rohit Sharma(captain), Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Mustafizur Rahman, Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Rahul Chahar, Evin Lewis, Saurabh Tiwary, Ben Cutting, Pradeep Sangwan, Jean-Paul Duminy, Tajinder Singh, Sharad Lumba, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Mayank Markande, Akila Dhananjaya, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan, MD Nidheesh, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne.
The match starts at 8 PM IST.