IPL 2021 Match Preview: Chennai Super Kings v Mumbai Indians

Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings are set to kick off the UAE leg of IPL 2021 when the two heavyweights meet each other at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai on September 19, 2021. MI and CSK are two of the most successful teams in the Indian Premier League history and currently occupy two of the four playoff spots and will be aiming to strengthen their position further with a win. So ahead of the CSK vs MI, IPL 2021 clash we take a look at the head-to-head record, likely playing XIs and everything you need to know. 

Chennai Super Kings made a superb comeback in IPL 2021. They have been brilliant right from the start of the tournament. All the changes they have made have worked well for them. Faf du Plessis and Rituraj Gaekwad have been brilliant at the top. The duo has given some great starts at the top of the order and set the foundation for the middle order to capitalize. The decision to bat Moeen Ali at number three has proved to be a masterstroke. Moeen Ali has aggregated 206 runs in 6 matches at an average of 34.33. Faf du Plessis, on the other hand, is the team’s leading run-getter with 320 runs in 7 games at 64. 

Deepak Chahar will continue to lead the pace attack. He has been their strike bowler in the powerplay with 8 wickets in 7 matches. However, the biggest positive in the bowling department is Sam Curran’s rise as a bowler. The Englishman took wickets in the power play as well as in death overs. He has 9 wickets in 7 matches thus far in the tournament and is the leading wicket-taker for CSK this season. 

Meanwhile, defending champions Mumbai Indians had a tough start to their IPL 2021 campaign. They lost three of their first five matches in Chennai. They, however, returned to form by winning consecutive games in Delhi, including a record-breaking 218-run chase against CSK.

Thanks to those two wins, Mumbai Indians currently find themselves at fourth position on the points table with 4 wins in 7 matches. The action has now moved to UAE and it will be interesting to see how they fare in the second half of the tournament.

MI was comfortable with the conditions in the UAE in IPL 2020. So they will fancy their chances of retaining their title this season. Like CSK, they also have an unchanged squad for the second leg of the season.

MI skipper Rohit has amassed 752 runs from 29 games at a strike rate of 125.75 against Chennai Super Kings.

In the bowling department, Kieron Pollard has scalped 14 wickets with the best bowling performance of 2/12.

Against MI, Suresh Raina owns 820 runs at 30.37, while Dwayne Bravo has accounted for 28 wickets with the best match haul of 4/42. 

CSK vs MI Head-To-Head

Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings have met each other 31 times in the Indian Premier League and it is MI who have the better head-to-head record with 19 wins compared to CSK’s 12 victories. The earlier meeting between the sides in IPL 2021 was also won by Rohit Sharma’s men. 

Pitch Report:

The boundaries are usually bigger than normal, and it requires a lot of firepower from the batters to clear the fence. We can expect a balanced surface for this game. The wicket tends to get slower as the game progresses and batting first is a preferable option here.

Predicted Playing XIs for CSK vs MI:

Chennai Super Kings:

Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ambati Rayudu, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood/Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir.

Mumbai Indians:

Quinton de Kock (wk), Rohit Sharma (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, James Neesham/Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah. 

Suggested Playing XI for CSK vs MI Fantasy Cricket:

Quinton de Kock, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma (VC), Suryakumar Yadav (c), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Rahul Chahar.

IPL 2021: CSK vs MI Match Details

Date: 19th September 2021 (Sunday).

Time: 7:30 PM IST.

Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai. 

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