Mumbai Indians (MI) and the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have had contrasting fortunes thus far in the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Rohit Sharma’s MI are at the top half of the points table, winning six out of their first nine matches in the championship.
In their previous game though, they lost to the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) after two rounds of Super Over took place in Dubai. Another victory will help them topple the Delhi Capitals (DC) to the top of the points table.
In their next match against the Super Kings on Friday, October 23, MI will be looking to take one more step to the playoffs. On the other hand, CSK are gasping for breath. The Yellow Army are placed eighth in the table with three wins and they are coming off a seven-wicket loss to Rajasthan Royals (RR).
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch in Sharjah, without a doubt, has helped the batters. However, the scores have started to come down a wee bit in the last few games. The spinners have had their say and been able to restrict the opposition.
The playing conditions will be warm with the temperature around the 31 degrees Celsius mark. The humidity won’t be on the higher side with the numbers in the mid-30s.
Playing Combinations for CSK vs MI
Chennai Super Kings
Sam Curran, Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (C & WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Shardul Thakur, Josh Hazlewood
Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de Kock (WK), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
Probable Top Performers for CSK vs MI
Faf du Plessis– Chennai Super Kings
Faf du Plessis has arguably been the standout performer for the Super Kings in the batting department. In 10 matches, the former South Africa captain has 375 runs at an average and strike-rate of 46.87 and 141.50 respectively.
He also has four half-centuries to show for his efforts. Du Plessis also scored a fifty when CSK lost to the Mumbai-based team in the opening match of the event.
Jasprit Bumrah– Mumbai Indians
Jasprit Bumrah has been a tough nut to crack as he has breathed fire with the ball in hand. The speedster is among the leading wicket-takers with 15 wickets from nine matches.
That he has an economy rate of 7.44 shows that he has hit the right channels more often than not. Among the MI bowlers, he has the best average and strike-rate. Another thunderous performance is expected of him.
CSK vs MI Head to Head
Played- 31 |CSK won- 13 | MI won- 18 | N/R- 0
At neutral venues (outside India)
Played- 5 | CSK won- 4 | MI won- 1 | N/R- 0
Average first innings score: 201 (7 matches in IPL 2020)
Record of chasing teams: Won- 3 | Lost- 5
Match timings – 06:00 PM local time, 07:30 PM IST
TV – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Select, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 2 HD, Star Sports 1 Select HD, and Star Sports 1 HD Hindi.
Live Streaming – The match can be streamed online on Disney + Hotstar VIP.