It is time to gear up for the second El Clasico of the Indian Premier League- the battle between Chennai and Mumbai. However, in the ongoing season, the match holds little significance as far as the qualification for the Playoffs is concerned since Mumbai are already out of the race while the hopes of the defending champions Chennai lie hanging by the thread as they have left themselves to much to do in the end.
Having said that, the two teams would still want to win and end the season on a high. Over the years the two teams have produced some great games including the last time these two teams faced each other earlier in the season which was a last-ball thriller sealed by Chennai, thanks to the genius of MS Dhoni.
Ahead of the two team's face-off, here is a stat-based prediction of how things unfold in this game.
1. Toss Prediction
While Mumbai have won 6 tosses out of their 11, Chennai have won 1 out of 3 tosses under MS Dhoni. So based on this stat, predicting Mumbai to win the toss.
2. Win Possibility
Traditionally, Mumbai have had an edge over Chennai in this rivalry. The two teams have met each other a total of 33 times in the past and Mumbai have won 19 matches. In the other 14 games, Chennai had emerged victorious. Having said that, this season hasn't been like any of the previous seasons for Mumbai and they find themselves right at the bottom of the table with just 2 wins from 11 matches. Chennai haven't been exemplary either but at least they have 4 wins from 11 matches plus a win against the same opposition earlier in the season. So predicting Chennai to win this game.
3. Team of the Day
The Team of the Day is Chennai, especially after their win over Delhi in the previous match. On the other hand, Mumbai were outplayed by Kolkata in their previous match despite a great show by their bowlers.
4. Powerplay Score
The average powerplay score at the Wankhede Stadium has been 44.9 this season of the IPL. Mumbai openers haven't been consistent so expecting them to score less than 45 in the first six overs. However, Chennai's opening duo has shown fine form in recent matches so they could easily cross the 45-run mark during the fielding restrictions.
5. Average first innings and second innings score
The average first innings score at Wankhede in IPL 2022 is 173. Meanwhile, the average second innings score here is 164.6.
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