CSK will be eliminated with four wins from 11 matches as both Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers (now at 14) get to 16 points. But given the nature of T20 cricket, there is no guarantee that both the teams will reach that milestone and there is still a sense of hope between the two. Chennai Super Kings Fans say that a team with seven wins can make it to the play-offs.
The plight of CSK should be given Rohit SharmaK boys resolved to give their best in this IPL clasico and extinguish the glimmer of hope of their bitter rivals. The fact that without CSK would be Ravindra JadejaSuffering from a rib injury and ruled out of the IPL, he should give Mumbai a sense of hope going into the game. Wankhede Stadium.
There is another added incentive for Mumbai Indians – the rediscovery of Jasprit Bumraha form of. The pacer was excellent in his last game against Kolkata Knight Riders – losing ground – and if he can go, the pressure can be put on CSK’s top-order.
CSK, on their part, are also a crumbling ship, relying more on the form of their openers. Devon Conway And Ruturaj Gaikwadi, Both have led them to wins in two out of the last four matches and Bumrah will have to ensure that they do not go ahead.
The good thing about Conway and Ruturaj is that they don’t take unnecessary risks, play cricket shots and suddenly come under pressure. MI’s attack, chopping and changing every day, doesn’t have much depth other than Bumrah to put CSK under pressure if CSK’s top two batsmen go on.
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Mumbai’s batting has been equally inconsistent and it may be a better option for Rohit to bat first on the Wankhede pitch, which is becoming increasingly difficult to bat on as the tournament progresses.
Dhoni too would be aware of the fact that with semi-decent scores on the board it is easy to put Mumbai’s batting under pressure – just enough that the CSK captain is a bit stubborn about the chase in T20 cricket.
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