MI vs CSK IPL 2021 Preview: Resurgent Mumbai Indians meet table toppers Chennai
Mumbai Indians made an interesting move of bringing in Nathan Coulter-Nile in place of Ishan Kishan in their last match, thus changing the balance of the side.
Hardik yet to start bowling
MI brought in a medium-pace bowler (more so bowling all-rounder) in place of a batsman. Apart from an attempt to shake things up, this was also a cover for the fifth bowler as Hardik Pandya has not bowled in the competition till now.
Krunal Pandya has been expensive at times and it is a bit risky to consider him as a lock-in for four overs, which is why the team decided to bring in Nathan Coulter-Nile, who has recently recovered from a niggle.
Going in with a batsman short
However, that can also be a very risky business for Mumbai Indians as their already misfiring middle order needs some cushion at the moment. Going in with a batsman short places more responsibility on the batters' shoulders which can work in their favour, but can also lead them to play over cautiously, which is not something that sits well with the brand of Mumbai Indians.
Nevertheless, the move worked for them as they were successful in chasing down Rajasthan Royals' target of 172 with nine balls to spare and win in a canter.
De Kock finds form
Quinton de Kock finally returned to form with an unbeaten 70 off 50 deliveries. Apart from him batting at a strike rate of 140, what was the most heartening thing was that he was there till the end and finished it off. This is what separates ordinary players from the great ones - once they find form, they make sure to finish the job for the team.
With the ball, spinner Rahul Chahar continued his good form. Jasprit Bumrah was miserly and gave away just 15 runs from his 4 overs while picking up one wicket.
CSK on auto pilot
Having won five matches on the trot, Chennai Super Kings made two changes in the last match. They benched Imran Tahir and Dwayne Bravo, bringing in Lungi Ngidi and Moeen Ali in their place.
At the moment, CSK can do no wrong as all their moves are working perfectly. The incoming players did their job with Moeen Ali making a quick fire 15 and bowling at an economy of 8 runs/over. Lungi Ngidi also bagged 2 scalps while conceding 35 runs from his 4 overs.
There is not much that Chennai need to change. With openers Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis also firing, they just have to continue executing what they are doing.
Check out our match predictions below and the latest cricket betting odds available online.
Who will win the toss? MI
Who will win? CSK
Top Bat - Runs Scored? Rohit Sharma (MI), Ruturaj Gaikwad (CSK)
Top Bowler - Wickets Taken - Jasprit Bumrah (MI), Lungi Ngidi (CSK)
Most Sixes - Kieron Pollard (MI), Moeen Ali (CSK)
Here are the predicted playing XIs:
Mumbai Indians - Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rahul Chahar, Ishan Kishan/Jayant Yadav, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
Chennai Super Kings - Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Lungi Ngidi
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