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Mumbai Indians [MI] v Chennai Super Kings [CSK]
Indian Premier League
Match #1 – Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
07-Apr-18 – 14:30 GMT [20:00 IST]
The most successful sides in Indian Premier League’s 10 year history kick off the 11th edition. Both the teams have managed to retain their core players without much damage in the mega auction. Chennai return to the fold after a 2 year ban due to the match fixing scandal. Mumbai enter as the defending Champions.
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As 2009 edition happened at South Africa and some matches of 2014 edition was moved to UAE, the designated Home and Away grounds are being considered for the stats purpose. A ground is considered a neutral venue only when play-offs happened outside both the team’s Home venues.
League Table Positions
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Mumbai Indians Home / Away Statistics
Mumbai Indians 1st Bat / 2nd Bat Statistics
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Chennai Super Kings Home / Away Statistics
Chennai Super Kings 1st Bat / 2nd Bat Statistics
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Head to Head
Home / Away head to head statistics. For MI v CSK
1st / 2nd bat head to head statistics. For MI v CSK
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Mumbai Indians: JJ Bumrah, RD Chahar, PJ Cummins, BCJ Cutting, A Dananjaya, JP Duminy, Ishan Kishan (WK), SD Lad, E Lewis, SR Lumba, MJ McClenaghan, M Markande, Mohsin Khan, Mustafizur Rahman, MD Nidheesh, HH Pandya, KH Pandya, KA Pollard, AS Roy, PJ Sangwan, RG Sharma (C), Tajinder Singh, AP Tare (WK), SS Tiwary, SA Yadav
Chennai Super Kings: KM Asif, SW Billings (WK), C Bishnoi, DJ Bravo, DL Chahar, MS Dhoni (C)(WK), F du Plessis, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, RA Jadeja, KM Jadhav, N Jagadeesan, Kshitiz Sharma, Monu Kumar, L Ngidi, SK Raina, AT Rayudu, MJ Santner, KK Seth, KV Sharma, DR Shorey, SN Thakur, M Vijay, SR Watson, MA Wood
Wankhede stadium generally gives no advantage to the teams batting 1st or 2nd. The Yearly averages clearly suggest its a high scoring venue.
*Average innings scores are calculated with respect to the average scoring rate of the teams.
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Mumbai will prefer Ben Cutting and Keiron Pollard as their first choice foreign picks. The rest two spots will be fought between Evin Lewis, JP Duminy, Dananjaya, McClenaghan, Mustafizur and Cummins. If MI prefer to bolster their bowling Mustafizur and Cummins / McClenaghan will play ahead of others. Lewis / Duminy / Dananjaya will be included if they want to go batting heavy. There are two wicket keepers in their side, the experienced Aditya Tare and the young Ishan Kishan. As per form Kishan should be preferred over Tare. Rohit Sharma (Captain), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya and Jusprit Bumrah will be included automatically in their playing XI. This leaves only one more spot to experiment with, for which Mumbai does not have a strong resource. They don’t have any established spin bowling name. The available spinners, Akila Dananjaya and Krunal Pandya are known to be expensive.
One factor to consider though is Mumbai’s bowling options are becoming costlier by every passing year. Their non-asian imports have poor bowling numbers in the sub-continent. Or their economy rate has become considerably higher their career economy rate during the past year and so.
*Bowling Stats for matches from 01-Jan-2017 for all T20s and T20Is.
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Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis (If he is fit!) will jump into the playing XI by default in the foreign player category. MS Dhoni (Captain), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja and Kedhar Jadhav will be automatic selections. Sam Billings might mostly have to sit out this tournament, it will be interesting to see whether they will use him if du Plessis’ injury rules him out. One of Mark Wood and Lungi Ngidi will be used as their fast bowlers. Imran Tahir too will be mostly left out of the squad. If the pitch is expected to turn then only he might get a look in. Harbhajan Singh and Karn Sharma will fight for the spinner spot. They cannot leave out Shardul Thakur from the playing XI as he is the only known Indian name, when it comes to fast bowling. Domestic players like Deepak Chahar and KM Asif will get a look in as medium pacers. Murali Vijay / Ambati Rayudu will find a space as a pure batsman.
Chennai’s batting will be their strength this year. Their obvious weakness is there is not much fire power when it comes to fast bowling. Faf du Plessis’ finger injury against Australia in the recently concluded 4th test, has put a cloud over his fitness and availability. There is no news related to his status yet. Already Mitchell Santner is ruled out due to injury. CSK management has not requested for any replacements for him. If du Plessis also gets ruled out, there is a big void to fill.
Strengths and Weaknesses:
Strengths: Powerful batting line up, who can hit sixes at any ground.
Weaknesses: Pollard’s recent inconsistency in batting form. Lack of quality spinners. Bowling line-up looks strong on paper, but it may turn to be very expensive considering recent stats.
Strengths: Batting has huge depth with many all-rounders.
Weaknesses: Lack of left handers in the batting line up. No fast bowler who can consistently bowl over 140, makes the fast bowling department one-dimensional.
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There might be nothing pleasant about the sultry evenings of April in Mumbai, but if the recent T20 games at the venue are anything to go by, a run-fest should be on offer at the Wankhede stadium. And once the floodlights will be on in all its glory inside the stadium, at Mumbai Indians’ home, Chennai Super Kings will be watched.
Almost half the side CSK are expected to field in the IPL 2018 opener were there donning the yellow jersey the last time the team had taken field. The halt had come following a final loss, and it is against the same opposition – Mumbai Indians – that they will resume their journey.
While the team has returned amidst a lot of fanfare, the question is, will they manage to bring the fans back as well. Wankhede Stadium, on Saturday, will hold their litmus test.
Mumbai hasn’t been as much an away territory for the Chennai Super Kings as they would’ve felt at some of the other cities. For the sea of blue the Wankhede Stadium still paints, no other team, apart from Mumbai Indians of course, could’ve claimed to be as popular as CSK here.
But things have changed, especially post-2013. Unlike in Chennai, loyalties haven’t been as strong in Mumbai. The fandom was created as much out of identities as it was of the star power of MS Dhoni. But with Dhoni’s magical powers in vain and identities embarrassed, the ink and paper are out to report whether Mumbai’s CSK fans are willing to embrace the team again or not.
But irrespective of the fact whether they have the fans coming in in as large numbers, there will surely be a familiarity factor despite the two-year hiatus. Internally, they have little work to do. The core, barring R Ashwin, has been retained. The bonding, understanding of each other’s game and accepting the ethos of the team should take little time.
And purely in terms of the game, they have as many as five players who have ample experience of playing at the Wankhede Stadium. In Harbhajan Singh and Ambati Rayudu they have two of Mumbai Indian’s long-serving players to go with Dwayne Bravo and Karn Sharma – both of who once wore the blue jersey. And then there is Mumbai’s local boy – Shardul Thakur, who will be leading their pace attack. At least three out of the five are expected to be playing the tournament opener.
But it will also go down to two distinct styles the teams have adopted when it came to their squad selection. In order to make good use of home conditions, CSK went heavy banking on spinners while MI have relied on forming a stronger pace attack. And that is where Mumbai could hold an edge over CSK in the opening clash.
Even as Mumbai Indians have left out three of their one-team players – Harbhajan, Rayudu and Lasith Malinga – they have much like CSK, retained the core. While on paper, they form a strong side, they are heavily dependent on the middle order – the Pandyas and Pollard – to resume the form they have displayed for the side all these years. If they fail to fire, it massively affects the balance and with it, the fortunes of the team.
As of now, eight of 11 players automatically select themselves, and there is a sea of options to fill in the remaining three. Among the newer faces for the side, Ishan Kishan, Evin Lewis, Pat Cummins and Mustafizur Rahman, if fit, could play a crucial role this season.
How well the newer guys shape up and the older guys find their mojo, will all be seen once the sun sets along the horizon of Marine Drive, a few hundred metres from the action.
What: Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings
When: April 7, 2018, Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, 8:00 PM IST
What to expect: Even as it is going to be an evening game, the temperature wouldn’t drop below 28 degree Celcius for most parts of the match. And it is going to be humid.
The rivalry between the two sides is quite tight, with Mumbai Indians holding the edge – 12 wins in 22 fixtures.
Chennai Super Kings: Faf du Plessis is still nursing his wounded finger, suffered during the fourth Test against Australia. He will be unavailable for the opening game.
Probable XI: Shane Watson, Murali Vijay, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma/ Harbhajan Singh, Shardul Thakur, Mark Wood, Lungi Ngidi
Mumbai Indians: Pat Cummins has arrived in India but didn’t turn up for practice. Still jaded after a hectic tour of South Africa, he could be rested for the opening game.
Probable XI: Evin Lewis, Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Pradeep Sangwan, Mitchell McClenaghan, Rahul Chahar, Mustafizur Rahman, Jasprit Bumrah
Did You Know
– JP Duminy needs seven more runs to become the third South African after AB de Villiers (3473) and Jacques Kallis (2427) to score 2000 IPL runs.
– Among those who have played 50-plus innings in IPL, only Gayle (41.20), Warner (40.55) and Shaun Marsh (39.95) have higher average than Duminy (39).
– MS Dhoni will captain a side for the first time since Vijay Hazare Trophy 2016-17
What they said
“Great rivalry (against MI) and this is what the competition needs. We couldn’t ask for a better game to start with. A game of this intensity at this ground is always a thrill. (It is) hard to win (here), just as we are hard to beat at Chennai and that’s an aspect of successful teams, they defend their home patch well. Wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.” – Stephen Fleming, Chennai Super Kings’ head coach, on team’s return to IPL.
“I think we have more than just those two (Mustafizur and Bumrah). McClenaghan and Cummins have the ability to bowl hard and have done a really good job bowling at the back also. We aren’t just going to roll out the same plan every game with Jasprit and Fizz [Mustafizur] bowling at the back end.” Shane Bond, Mumbai Indians’ bowling coach.
Vinay Kumar to [Mohit] Sharma, FOUR, top edge over the keeper’s head, but Mumbai Indians don’t care where the ball has gone. This is a legal delivery, and that means they have won the IPL again
May 24, 2015, Eden Gardens. We didn’t know it then, but this would be the last bit of on-field action for Chennai Super Kings for close to three years. An inconsequential top-edged four in a big defeat, in their sixth IPL final.
On Friday, Super Kings will be back, with a team full of familiar names and sentimental favourites, and while they would have liked to play their comeback match in front of their home fans at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, this is probably the next-best thing: Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede. The IPL’s two most successful franchises, head-to-head, in the opening match of a new season.
Despite all the upheaval between that 2015 final and now, there’s a remarkable number of old storylines still at play when these two sides meet: half of the 22 players who lined up for that match are still part of the two squads, with two – Harbhajan Singh and Ambati Rayudu – crossing over from blue to yellow.
Taken too far, however, continuity can turn into stagnation, and that’s a danger Super Kings, in particular, will have to guard against, with their squad containing 11 players in their 30s. It’s also a squad that looks a touch unbalanced, loaded with spinners and light on pace options and power-hitters. It might be just the right squad for the slow turners that they typically play on in Chennai, but perhaps not for flatter, bouncier pitches – like the Wankhede, for instance.
Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede, then, will be a massive litmus test for Super Kings’ adaptability, right at the start of the season. Any early cracks they show will be ruthlessly pounced upon by every other team.
In the news
Stephen Fleming, the Super Kings coach, has confirmed that Faf du Plessis is unavailable for selection. Du Plessis is recovering from a finger injury that troubled him all through South Africa’s recently concluded home summer, an injury that was aggravated by a painful blow from (Mumbai’s) Pat Cummins during the Johannesburg Test.
The likely XIs
Mumbai Indians: 1 Evin Lewis, 2 Ishan Kishan (wk), 3 Rohit Sharma (capt), 4 Suryakumar Yadav, 5 Kieron Pollard, 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 Krunal Pandya, 8 Mitchell McClenaghan, 9 Mustafizur Rahman, 10 Jasprit Bumrah, 11 Rahul Chahar.
Chennai Super Kings: 1 M Vijay, 2 Sam Billings, 3 Suresh Raina, 4 Shane Watson, 5 Kedar Jadhav, 6 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7 Dwayne Bravo, 8 Ravindra Jadeja, 9 Harbhajan Singh, 10 Shardul Thakur, 11 Mark Wood.
Shane Watson has struggled against left-arm spin in the IPL since the start of the 2015 season, scoring 100 runs off 105 balls while being dismissed ten times. M Vijay (5.84 per over) and Sam Billings (6.41), meanwhile, have poor scoring rates against spin in the Powerplay overs of T20 games. Given that these three are Super Kings’ main options to open the batting, Mumbai should seriously consider giving Krunal Pandya the new ball.
Stats that matter
- Super Kings have a positive head-to-head against every team in the IPL apart from Mumbai, against whom they have won 10 games and lost 12.
- Since the start of the 2015 season, Rohit Sharma has had difficulties against legspin, having been dismissed nine times in 27 innings against that type of bowling while striking at 113.7. His IPL record against Imran Tahir is middling: 50 off 42 balls while being dismissed once.
- MS Dhoni has become a distinctly slower starter in recent seasons of the IPL. Until the end of the 2014 season, he made his runs at a strike rate of 122.35 across the first ten balls of his innings. Since the start of the 2015 season, that number has dropped to 98.97.
- If JP Duminy starts for Mumbai, Super Kings should look to bowl their offspinners against him at every opportunity. He has career T20 strike rates of 84.3 against Harbhajan Singh and 92.00 against Suresh Raina.
- Kieron Pollard doesn’t bowl that much these days, and he probably shouldn’t bowl anyway on Saturday. Almost all of Super Kings’ batsmen have towering strike rates against him in T20 cricket, with Suresh Raina (180.4), Shane Watson (179.6), MS Dhoni (177.1) and Dwayne Bravo (145.2) leading the way.
“It’s hard to read it right now. It’s very dry underneath. It’s tough one to read. Usually it plays pretty well. This time of the year the average score is 165. We’re expecting there will be good pace and carry. Dew factor there’s a lot of aspects of it to consider but think it’ll be pretty good.”
Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming on what to expect from the Wankhede
“I would like to keep that as a surprise. Our middle order is very good and we have got good openers in Evin Lewis and Ishan Kishan. We will see on the 7th where I bat. I would like to keep that as a surprise.”
Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma on whether he will open the batting