Preview: With an eye on a much-awaited final, heavyweights Mumbai Indians (MI) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) face-off in a high-voltage strife in a initial qualifier of a Indian Premier League (IPL) during a Wankhede Stadium here on Tuesday.
A win for possibly group on Tuesday will safeguard a place in a tournament’s final during a Eden Gardens in Kolkata on May 24, since a losing side will get a second possibility to infer it’s worth. It will face, in a second qualifier in Ranchi on May 22, a leader of a eliminator to be played on May 20 between Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
The dual teams met twice progressing in a deteriorate where both teams won one mach each. On Apr 17 in Mumbai, CSK won a compare by 6 wickets. Chennai posted 189/4 in 16.4 overs in respond to Mumbai’s 183.
Harbhajan Singh celebrates removing Chennai Super Kings Captain MS Dhoni’s wicket. BCCI
In a lapse leg on May 8 in Chennai, Mumbai won by 6 wickets. The home side posted 158 after opting to bat. Mumbai chased this down with 4 balls remaining.
On Tuesday, a 2010 and 2011 champions CSK will have to come adult with a new opening multiple as hard-hitting New Zealander Brendon McCullum over to join his inhabitant patrol to play in Test array opposite England starting May 21.
The Kiwis scored 436 runs from 14 games and will be sorely missed. But maestro batsman Michael Hussey, who non-stop with McCullum opposite Kings XI Punjab in Mohali on Saturday, is expected to reinstate a New Zealander. West Indian batsman Dwayne Smith will be behind into a patrol to open with a bat.
Apart from a opening duo, in-form batsmen Faf du Plessis (313 runs from 14 games), Suresh Raina (321 runs from 14 games) and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (328 runs from 14 games) make a CSK batting choice formidable.
Their bowling will essentially rest on heading wicket-taker Dwayne Bravo (20 wickets from 14 games) and fifth placed Ashish Nehra (18 wickets from 13 games) followed by spinners Ravichandra Ashwin, Pawan Negi, Ravindra Jadeja.
On a other hand, Mumbai will be high on certainty entrance into Tuesday’s compare after their thumping nine-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday.
Pacers Mitchell McClenaghan (3-16), Lasith Malinga (2-17) and spinner Jagadeesha Suchith (2-14) starred with a round to gold Hyderabad for 113.
Chasing a tiny target, in-form openers Lendl Simmons and Parthiv Patel got off to drifting start with a 100-run opening stand, so chasing a aim in 13.5 overs and drive group to IPL play-offs.
The 2013 IPL champions will suffer a lot of advantages during home and will demeanour to make a best out of it. Malinga and McClenaghan (sharing 33 wickets among themselves) will aim to broach once again and unseat a stone plain CSK batting line up.
Mumbai have a complicated center sequence as Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya have warranted their reputations of being purify strikers of a round and are also effective while chasing a target.