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.
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.
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
The match starts at 8 PM IST.