IPL 2021: MI vs CSK – The Mumbai Indians and the Chennai Super Kings are set to face each other off on the 1st of May, 2021. This is the 27th match of the fourteenth edition of the Indian Premier League which is being held in India this time. The last edition was held in the United Arab Emirates due to the pandemic. The match is scheduled to take place at the Arun Jaitley Stadium of New Delhi and will start at 07:30 pm IST.
The match can be viewed on the Star Sports Network and Hotstar. These two teams have been among the most successful ones in the history of the Indian Premier League and have won the trophy multiple times. Mumbai Indians is the defending champion while Chennai Super Kings is looking to have a good season this time after an average run in 2020. The match shall have no in-person attendance due to the grim situation owing to the pandemic. Let us have a look at the various features of this match.
MI vs CSK – Pitch Report
Pitch is one of the biggest determinants of any match and thus it is important to know what kind the New Delhi stadium offers. According to the reports, the pitch at the New Delhi stadium is an excellent one for batting. Scores below 170 might not be easily defendable on this pitch and the bowlers are facing quite a struggle to keep the scores low. The temperature is predicted to be around 30-34 C with low humidity and high visibility. Chances of rain are negligible.
The Chennai Super Kings are at the top of the table currently with five wins and one loss out of the six matches it has played. The Mumbai Indians on other hand are placed on the fourth spot with three wins and three losses in the six matches it has played. Therefore, Chennai Super Kings certainly does have an upper hand in the match. Mumbai Indians will be looking to bounce back while the Chennai Super Kings would try to retain their spot at the top of the table.
Chennai Super Kings Team News:
Both the teams boast of brilliant players. The Chennai Super Kings are looking quite energised and seem ready to conquer any challenge on their path. Their new recruit, Moeen Ali seems to be in fine form. Veteran player Faf du Plesis also is in fine form this time. In the six games; he has scored a total of 270 runs at an average of 67.5 and a strike rate of 140.62. He has three fifties to his credit and a top score of 95. Other players like Rituraj Gaikwad, Ravinder Jadeja and Sam Curran have also been in good form.
Chennai Super Kings (probably playing XI): Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni (c & wk); Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Lungi Ngidi
Mumbai Indians Team News:
The Mumbai Indians has not been at the peak of its form this time. But they have been showing signs of a turnaround. In the last game, they won against Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets. Bowler Jasprit Bumrah has been in good form and has an economy rate of 5.91 in this edition of the tournament. Although many of the players of the Mumbai Indians have not been in good forms of late, it might not be long before they put up brilliant. Rohit Sharma is known for his devastating hitting skills. Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya are two of the most versatile speed bolwing all-rounders and even they should be watched out for. Thus, the Mumbai Indians will be looking forward to brilliant performances by players like Rohit Sharma; Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya. This might be a match which might see a lot of fireworks from their side.
Mumbai Indians (probable playing XI): Quinton de Kock (wk), Rohit Sharma (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard; Hardik Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jayant Yadav, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
MI vs CSK – Key Stats
The two teams have faced each other a total of 32 times till now in the fourteen seasons of the Indian Premier League. Out of these 32 times, the Mumbai Indians have won a total of 19 times. The Chennai Super Kings have won a total of 13 times and there has not been a single match that has not yielded a result. Since 2018, the chasing teams have won seven of the nine matches that have been played in Delhi. Rituraj Gaikwad has the lowest strike rate of 91.11 for the powerplay but the highest of 189.65 in the middle overs. The Chennai Super King bowlers have the highest number of powerplay wickets -14 while the Mumbai Indians bowlers have one of the lowest – 3.
The two former champions are facing each other off this time. This is a match that will have a the attention of the fans, who will expect good cricket.