IPL 2022 MI vs CSK, 33rd Match Preview: IPL giants, 2022's bottom dwellers lock horns
Beleaguered Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians, despite being the most successful franchises in the IPL history, find themselves at No. nine and 10 respectively in IPL 2022.
MI, CSK hit rock bottom
No other franchise has more titles than Mumbai Indians or Chennai Super Kings in the history of the IPL. Still, such has been the impact of the mega auctions that both teams find themselves at the bottom of the IPL 2022 leaderboard.
While Chennai Super Kings have got on the board with the solitary victory and have come close to winning, Mumbai Indians have been completely off the boil this season.
Bowling letting both teams down
It has reached that time of the season for Mumbai, and more or less for Chennai as well, that the franchise should now look to salvage pride and prepare for the next IPL season.
While the batting units of both Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings have started contributing, it is their bowling which is letting them down. Both teams had one bowler who was so expensive in their respective last matches that it changed the dynamics of the entire game.
Tymal Mills went for 54 runs from his 3 overs for Mumbai Indians at an economy rate of 18.00 while Chris Jordan conceded 58 runs from 3.5 overs going at an economy rate of 15.10 -- margins that are massive in T20 cricket to bounce back from.
Both Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings might have had a semblance of chance despite these many losses had this been an 8-team IPL, but with 10 teams and two groups now, 5 and 6 losses for Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians respectively means that they have slipped to a point of no return and there's no coming back for either franchise in IPL 2022.
Rohit Sharma under enormous pressure
The man who will be under the most pressure among the 22 players who will take the field in this fixture is MI and India captain Rohit Sharma who needs to go big with the bat, for the sake of his own confidence and stature, if nothing else.
Predicted Playing XIs
Mumbai Indians - Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Dewald Brevis, Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Tilak Varma, Fabian Allen, Jaydev Unadkat, Murugan Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Tymal Mills
Chennai Super Kings - Robin Uthappa, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja (c), Shivam Dube, MS Dhoni (wk), Dwayne Bravo, Chris Jordan/Dwaine Pretorius, Mukesh Choudhary, Maheesh Theekshana
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