CSK vs MI, Match Preview: Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings are set to take on each other in the opening game of the second leg of IPL 2021 at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday. After enduring a torrid run in IPL 2020, Chennai Super Kings made a roaring comeback this season. At the end of the first half of IPL 2021, CSK finished at the second position on the points table. Thanks to an outstanding team effort, Chennai Super Kings currently finds themselves at the second position on the points table.
MS Dhoni and Co. have ticked all boxes this year. The opening duo of Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaekwad have given solid starts. The decision to bat Moeen Ali has worked wonders for the side. Ambati Rayudu and Ravindra Jadeja have been successful in giving late flourish to guide the team to strong totals. The only concern in the batting unit has perhaps been MS Dhoni’s poor run of form. In 7 matches, he has only managed to score 37 runs with the bat. How will plays in the remaining seven matches will be interesting to see.
Deepak Chahar and Sam Curran have led the way with the ball. The duo has picked wickets both in the power play as well as in death overs. The spinners too have kept it tight in the middle overs. Ahead of the second leg of IPL 2021, CSK would be looking to wins as many games as possible.
Facing them are Mumbai Indians, who blew hot and cold in the first half of the tournament. Mumbai didn’t make a great start as they won only two games out of their first five. The batting unit struggled to cope up with the slow nature of the pitch at MA Chidambaram Stadium. However, they made a strong comeback with two consecutive wins in their last two games played in Delhi. Mumbai Indians are currently sitting at the fourth position. The defending champions would be looking to continue the winning momentum as they start their UAE leg of the tournament.
CSK vs MI Predicted XI
CSK: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ambati Rayudu, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, DJ Bravo, MS Dhoni (C/WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Imran Tahir, Lungisani Ngidi, Shardul Thakur and Deepak Chahar.
MI: Quinton De Kock (WK), Rohit Sharma (C), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah.
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