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The first El Clasico of the 15th season of IPL will be played on Thursday. 5-time champion Mumbai Indians and 4-time winner Chennai Super Kings will face off at the DY Patil Stadium. Both the teams are yet to play according to their names. Mumbai has lost all the 6 matches played while Chennai has lost 5 out of 6 matches. Both the teams are in danger of being out of the league. If Mumbai loses, its risk of getting eliminated will increase. In a way, the team will be out of the race for the playoffs. If we see the performance of both against each other, then Mumbai has the upper hand. Out of the last five matches between the two, Mumbai has won three and Chennai has won two. In the last season, both the teams had won one match each.
In the 10-team tournament, both the bottom-ranked teams have so far failed to find the right team combination. This match will be very important for both. So far both the teams have met 32 times in the IPL, in which Mumbai has won 19 times and Chennai 13 times.
Weak bowling is sinking Chennai’s loot
The biggest problem of Chennai Super Kings is their poor bowling. Rashid Khan told Dainik Bhaskar that he is constantly working hard on his batting and wants to win the team with his batting by coming at number 4-5. After this, scoring 40 runs at a strike rate of 190 against Chennai in the very next match, he almost defeated CSK in the match. During this, Rashid scored 25 runs in one over of Chennai bowler Chris Jordan. Chris Jordan is not a part-timer but a strike bowler from Chennai.
If the main bowler’s plight will be like this, then how will Vijay get his share. Deepak Chahar’s injury is sabotaging Chennai’s hopes of a win. It was expected that he will join the team by the end of April but his exclusion for the whole season is a big setback for Ravindra Jadeja’s team. For Chennai, giving a chance to Under-19 star Raj Hungergekar can be beneficial as he can infuse new hopes with youthful zeal in the team.
Mumbai is facing the consequences of auction mistakes
Looking at Mumbai Indians, it is difficult to believe that once this team used to speak in IPL. The flop of the opening pair of captain Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan is going against the team. Questions are being raised on the decision to buy Ishaan at a hefty price of 15.75 crores. Former players like Shane Watson are openly saying that they got an idea of Mumbai’s poor performance only when they spent huge sums of money on wrong player selection during the auction.
Without the Pandya Brothers, Rahul Chahar and Trent Boult, Mumbai’s bowling looks very ordinary. There is no other bowler for MI to match Jasprit Bumrah, who can curb the run-rate of the opposing teams. In such a situation, if Mumbai has to open the account by winning the match against Chennai, then fast runs will be needed during the opening partnership. Only on a strong base can batsmen like Devald Brevis and Suryakumar Yadav build big runs.