Cricket lovers are in for a massive treat as they will get to re-witness one of the greatest rivalries of the IPL when struggling defending champions Mumbai Indians face high-flying Chennai Super Kings at the MCA ground in Pune on Saturday.
Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians met the second time in the IPL 11.
When is Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs Delhi Daredevils (DD), IPL 2018 match? CSK, however, made light work of the target, romping home with five wickets to spare. He is extremely important to Mumbai's cause of returning to winning ways. It has been a contrasting journey for the two sides from thereon.
The Rohit Sharma-led side are lying at the seventh place in the eight-team points table after managing a single win from six games so far while CSK tops the chart with five wins from six matches. While RCB's total of 205 was still daunting and one that should've been defended, it could've been more had it not been for Tahir's two wickets in quick succession. Head coach, Mahela Jayawardene, stated that he may tinker (precisely, experiment) with the lineup going forward. He would he hoping to turn the tables and get some runs under his belt. Twenty-year-old leggie Mayank Markande has been the find for Mumbai but lacked support from the others. And now at the half way stage in the game in Pune, the Mumbai Indians have a very good chance to take the revenge. Jaspreet Bumrah and Mustafizur Rahman have not been able to live up to expectations.
With a number of star players in the team, Rayudu hardly hogs limelight. Mumbai team can replace New Zealand fast bowler Adam Milne in place of compatriot Mitchell McClenaghan.
Defending champions Mumbai Indians, who have got off to a bad start to IPL 2018, will be facing Chennai Super Kings in a rematch of the first game of the competition in the return fixture. Chennai would be pleased that most of their batters Australian Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Dwayne Bravo, Dhoni are in form.
However, Mumbai found it hard to get boundaries and the mounting pressure saw Lewis top-edging a slower ball from Bravo as Mumbai lost their second wicket.
Pitch Report says today's pitch will help batsman. With Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur and Harbhajan Singh CSK are also a balanced bowling unit. Obviously, against Chennai you need to pick up wickets early or they will bat you out in 20 overs.
Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni also chipped in with 26 off 21 balls which was studded three boundaries and a six but Mumbai Indians bowled well in the death overs to restrict them within 170 in the end.
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