IPL 2021: Fierce rivals of Mumbai Indians, Super Kings of Chennai fight for supremacy

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MI and CSK enter the match after identical victories with seven wickets over Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad respectively.

Rohit Sharmathe elegance and brightness of Suryakumar Yadav will be contrasted with the brute force of Faf du Plessis and the grace of Ruturaj Gaikwad as heavy-duty Indians Mumbai and Chennai Super Kings cross swords in IPL here on Saturday.

MI and CSK enter the match after identical victories with seven wickets over Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad, respectively, and both teams would like to continue their winning streak.

The biggest positive result for Mumbai is the return to the form of an opener Quinton de Cock (117 tracks) that made bubbles undefeated 70 against Rajasthan here.

The shaky midfield in Mumbai also snapped in the previous game on a relatively easy track compared to Chepauk.

Suryakumar (170 tracks) will have to convert his starts while Crowned Panda (68 tracks) played a useful cameo that would strengthen his self-confidence. He would like to take him forward from where he started.

Kieran Pollard (81 tracks) also showed off his striking skills on Thursday and would have fun again, as did fellow universal Hardik Pandya (36 tracks).

Pacer Jasprit bumrah and Trent Bult were exceptional, especially at death, and will have to be re-submitted to contain CSK tests in form.

Leggie Rahul Chahar, with 11 scalps, is a leading player of the weekend at MI. However, he will need the support of Krunal and the experienced out-of-spinner Jayant Yadav, who was a bit expensive in the last game.

It remains to be seen whether Mumbai continues Nathan Coulter-Neal or return Ishan Kishan to game XI, which could mean that Pollard will have to chip with the ball if necessary.

CSK at the table, meanwhile, was a force to be reckoned with this season after winning five of its six games.

Operators Du Plessis (270 tracks) and Ruturaj (192 tracks) were in the best shape and would like to ensure another strong start for the team.

Their middle row is also among the tracks. Mouen Ali (148 tracks) has adapted well to the role of a pinch, while the presence of increasingly reliable Suresh Raina (121 tracks) gives the team a huge cushion.

Then there is Ambati Rayuda (64 tracks) and Ravindra Jadeja (109 tracks) who has improved as a fighter and can grab sixes at will, except skipper

Mahendra Singh Doni (37 tracks), who seems happy to be playing the second violin these days. Add Englishman Sam Quran and CSK can split any attack when in shape.

The CSK bowlers, led by Deepak Chahar (8 straps) and Curran (6 straps), did a great job, while Shardul Thakur, with four scalps, can be decisive in ruining the partnerships.

Jadea also shone with the ball, taking five weekends while Mouin had four and they all hoped to be in their best form against Mumbai.

Teams (from):

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Adam Milne, Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Arjun Tendulkar, Chris Lynn, Dhawal Kulkarni, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, James Neesham, Jasprit Bumrah, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Marco Jansen, Mohsinun Chater De Kock (wk), Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Tiwary, Suryakumar Yadav, Trent Boult, Yudhvir Singh.

Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Doni (c), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, KM Asif, Deepak Chahar, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, N Jagadeesan, Karn Sharma, Lungi Ngidi,, Mitchell Santner, Ravindra Jadeja, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shardul Thakur, Sam Curran, R Sai Kishore, Moeen Ali, K Gowtham, Cheteshwar Pujara, Harishankar Reddy, Bhagath Varma, C Hari Nishaanth.

The match starts at 19.30.



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