GROUND AND PITCH REPORT:
It’s a slow wicket and provides assistance to the spinners but the last match played here had a good pitch and provided assistance to the batsmen. More than 170 was scored on the same wicket where only 70 odd were scored by RCB in the opening match of the season.
The average score on this wicket in the last 5 matches played here has been 137, so not many matches have seen high scores. The average was even lower but due to the last match, the average has gone higher.
A total of 54 wickets have fallen in the last 5 matches being played here, with spinners taking the majority of the wickets. So on average only 5-6 wickets have fallen in an innings.
TEAMS HEAD TO HEAD:
TOP PERFORMERS IN HEAD TO HEAD MATCHES:
Suresh Raina: He has scored 715 runs against MI in head to head matches vs Mumbai !!! It’s the most for any CSK batsman against MI.
Rohit: He has scored the most runs from MI against CSK in head to head matches!
Though both haven’t been in the best form of their lives, they are genuine match winners and we shall hope to see a classic from both of these.
M.S.D: He has scored 588 runs against MI!!
Lasith Malinga and Dwayne Bravo, the two of the greatest T20 bowlers have taken 32 wickets each against their opposition in head to head to matches.
Harbhajan Singh has the best bowling figures in head to head matches and ironically he took those figures for MI against CSK and now he is CSK’s lead spinner.
Hardik Pandya has a strike rate if 170.83 against CSK which is the highest for any current player from both the teams in head to head matches.
CSK is sitting strongly on the top of the points table and has already qualified for the playoffs. Probably the most settled team in the entire league will look to continue their winning against their arch-rivals.
On the other side, MI are sitting at No.3 on the points table with 6 wins under their belt in 10 matches played.
THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND:
CSK will hardly make any changes for this match as they won their last game in the very same venue convincingly and we all know how many changes Dhoni makes!!(sarcastically)
MI are playing their first game after a 5 days break and would look to regroup and play as a unit against their biggest arch-rivals.
They lost their last game against RR. The team looks quite settled and not too many changes are required in the team!
Maybe they will bring in Beuran Hendricks in place of Ben Cutting to strengthen their bowling and bring Ishan Kishan in place of Markande.
PROBABLE PLAYERS FROM BOTH THE TEAMS:
Du Plessis – 1,5,45,24,7,43*
Watson – 96,5,31,6,0,17
Raina – 38,0,13,58*,4,14
Harbhajan-2w ( He has taken 9 wickets in the 5 matches that he has played!)
Quinton De Kock:65,35,40,81,24,19
Beuran Hendricks or
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