Mumbai Indians will face off against Chennai Super Kings in the 27th match of the Indian Premier League. The two top teams of IPL history, with maximum title wins, will face off against each other in this fixture. It should be a grand match between two sides doing well in IPL 2021 at present.
The El Classico of IPL has been dominated by Mumbai as Rohit Sharma and company have a strong record against MS Dhoni’s Chennai. The defending champions found a much-needed form when they rolled over Rajasthan Royals in the last game. Quinton De Kock fired, Suryakumar Yadav was in good touch as Krunal Pandya found some boundaries too. Mumbai’s idea of playing a batsman less is sure a risky one but the team has enough firepower to cover for Ishan Kishan. Bowling-wise, Mumbai finds just the right combination in Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult. While the former has not been in the best of form, Boult has been getting yorkers just right. It should be a great cricket match between two of the best in the league.
Mumbai Indians squad: Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock (WK), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (WK), Chris Lynn, Anmolpreet Singh, Saurabh Tiwary, Aditya Tare, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Anukul Roy, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult, Rahul Chahar, Jayant Yadav, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mohsin Khan, Adam Milne, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Piyush Chawla, James Neesham, Yudhvir Charak, Marco Jansen and Arjun Tendulkar
Chennai Super Kings:
Chennai has been cruising this season. They’ve found the combinations just right in Ruturaj Gaikwad wand Faf du Plessis opening at the top. One major difference in last year’s wooden spoon holders and this year’s top runners is Suresh Raina. The left-handed batsman might have not played a big inning in the season yet, but his presence in the order gives others the confidence to play freely. Moeen Ali, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, and Bravo can make sure the team finishes every innings on a high.
Deepak Chahar has been swinging the ball both ways, Curran has been bowling well to give the team decent powerplay results. With Lungi Ngidi and Dwayne Bravo in the side, the death bowling is in good hands too.
Chennai Super Kings squad: MS Dhoni (Captain), Suresh Raina, Narayan Jagadeesabn, Ruturaj Gaikwad, KM Asif, Karn Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Deepak Chahar, Faf du Plessis, Shardul Thakur, Mitchell Santner, Dwayne Bravo, Lungi Ngidi, Sam Curran, Ravindra Jadeja, Imran Tahir, Robin Uthappa, Moeen Ali, K Gowtham, Cheteshwar Pujara, M.Harisankar Reddy, K.Bhagath Varma, C Hari Nishaanth, R Sai Kishore
Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings have faced each other 20 times in the IPL. Mumbai have won 18 matches while Chennai has won on 12 occasions.
While form says Chennai should win this match, Mumbai come into the weekend with a much-needed win and a dominant record against the three-time champs. If the batting order clicks, Mumbai should take this game easily.
Date and Time:
May 1, 2021 (Saturday), 7:30 PM IST
Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi