Date: 1 May, 2021
Time: 7:30 PM (IST)
Venue: Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi
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Two of the most successful franchises, two largest fan-bases, two charismatic leaders and two quality sides. Yes, it is time for the El Clasico of the Indian Premier League as arch-rivals Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings get set to lock horns in match no. 27 on Saturday.
Both the teams are coming into this contest on the back of very similar performances in their previous matches. After restricting their opponents to a total of 171 in the first innings, both Mumbai and Chennai hunted down the target in 18.3 overs with 7 wickets remaining. The epic coincidence just sets up this game perfectly with both MI and CSK raring with confidence.
For Mumbai, the encounter holds more importance as they have had a slow start to this season. They are playing a catch-up game with the top 3 and a win in this contest will put them back within the touching distance of team above them. On the other hand, Chennai will be desperate to continue their scintillating winning streak and make it six in a row. With a batting paradise on offer in Delhi, it is certainly going to be another entertaining clash between two star-studded sides.
Head-to-head (in IPL)
Matches played: 30
Mumbai Indians: 18
Chennai Super Kings: 12
Quinton de Kock:
The left-handed batsman finally returned to form with an unbeaten 70-run knock against Rajasthan Royals after having an extremely disappointing start to the campaign. The shift in venue from Chennai to Delhi proved to be a welcome change for de Kock as he repaid the faith shown in him by the team management. With the swashbuckling opener back in full flow, he is going to be the vital cog at top of the order for MI.
The CSK opener is coming into this contest on the back of a mesmerizing 75-run knock against Sunrisers Hyderabad where he played some glorious shots. Gaikwad has formed a solid opening pair alongside Faf du Plessis and the duo has played a key role in the comeback of the franchise this season. With 192 runs at a strike-rate of 129.72, the stylish batsman will surely want to add more to his impressive stats this season.
The leg-spinner is emerging out to be one of the most impressive bowlers this season and has been sensational for Mumbai Indians so far. Rahul Chahar has 11 wickets in 6 matches coming into this contest and has conceded runs at a very impressive economy of 7.08. The 21-year-old is going to be at his absolute best against some quality batsmen in the opposition.
Probable Playing XI
Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Rahul Chahar, Jayant Yadav, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult
Chennai Super Kings:
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Lungi Ngidi, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar