It’s the IPL’s oldest rivalry, but for this year, it is the Battle of the Basement. Neither team has played good cricket, as the two of the most successful sides in the IPL will square off against each other to get themselves off the foot of the table. Both these teams have been so used to being successful that seeing them in a rut at the same time is nothing less than shocking and an indicator of what a poor auction can do to you in terms of team-building.
Both teams will be desperate to get the points in this showdown, while not for top honours. This still has the underlying rivalry that has defined the IPL for years, and is a rivalry that will define the IPL for years to come. They will want to play good live cricket in this match for sure.
Mumbai is at an all-time low. They have lost 6 on the bounce, none of their team changes have worked the way they wanted to, and the Archer experiment has seemed to backfire on the squad big time. The ploy of not giving Bumrah the new ball has been equally baffling, and so is the poor form of both the openers. It’s only a matter of time before questions will be asked on the form of the openers, with both in line to play for India at the T20 Wc. Mumbai will have to start winning as quickly as possible so that their season ends with at least a sliver of respectability.
Chennai Super Kings
Another team has been beset by struggles on all fronts. The transition of captaincy from Dhoni to Jadeja has not been the smoothest, with many occasions showing that Jaddu still has a lot to learn, and the bowling being one of the weakest. Ruturaj did get a few runs in the last game, but the batting as a whole has flattered to deceive throughout the tournament and will be desperately hoping to find form against a bowling attack that has been as bad as theirs n this tournament. How they would like to win against their archrivals and inflict further misery by continuing their losing streak.
Mumbai is one of the only teams that can boast a better head-to-head against the Super Kings, winning 19 of the 32 games contested between the two sides. Chennai have won the remaining 13.
With both sides struggling at the foot of the table, and both facing similar problems as far as team dynamics are concerned, Chennai will still be considered as favorites due to the sheer rotten form of Mumbai being worse than theirs at the moment.
Date and Time
21st April 2022 (Thursday) at 7:30 pm.
DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai