Chennai Super Kings will hope big guns fire
- Changes expected from Mumbai Indians after six losses
- Big rivalry loses sheen after poor start from teams
The clash between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings was one of the major attractions of previous IPL seasons, but this time the two most successful IPL teams have had underwhelming starts to the season, with Mumbai losing all six matches and Chennai winning just one of the six matches.
Chennai have been the more impressive of the two teams this year, with the middle-order duo of Shivam Dube and Ambati Rayudu firing and Ruturaj Gaikwad returning to form last game. You can back CSK at 1.80 to win this game.
Mumbai, on the other hand, are the better side on paper and have a solid middle-order core now, even though their odds stand at 1.98
The great rivalry
Overall, Mumbai Indians have a slight edge with 20 wins as against 24 wins by CSK. In the last couple of seasons, MI and CSK have two wins apiece. But in 2020, MI blanked CSK 4-0 on their way to a title win. While CSK have had a better season so far, Mumbai have, more often than not, found ways to keep CSK at bay.
Mumbai Indians are coming into their own despite the losses and are our favourites to win this one.Recommended Bet by 10CRIC
The contest this game will be between Mumbai’s bowling attack and Chennai Super Kings’ top-order that has Ruturaj Gaikwad returning to form. The likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Tymal Mills, Murugan Ashwin and Basil Thampi will need to step up for Mumbai Indians to have a good season.
Keep an eye on…
Suryakumar Yadav: Suryakumar Yadav has walked into the Mumbai Indians line-up mid-season and is scoring runs for fun. His incredible form makes it likely that he is the one player CSK will be really wary of. Alongside Tilak Varma and Dewald Brevis, Suryakumar Yadav has forged a solid middle-order core.
Ruturaj Gaikwad: The CSK opener returned to form last match with a crucial half-century after failing to fire in the first five games. Gaikwad still couldn’t help CSK win that game, but his return to form is huge news for CSK with him also producing a sparkling knock last year against Mumbai Indians.
TIP: Jasprit Bumrah has threatened to fire big time and could be in line for a big haul. Back Jasprit Bumrah at 3.37 to be MI’s top bowler!