The ongoing season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has been pretty extraordinary in more ways than one. Not only has the ten-team competition been superb with each side capable of registering a win over the other but two of the most successful teams in it have also struggled to get going.
It is the battle between these two sides on Thursday - the contest between Mumbai and Chennai. Prior to what is regarded as the "El Clasico" of the IPL, here is a stat-based prediction of what could unfold in this game with both teams languishing right at the bottom of the table.
1. Toss Prediction
Mumbai have won 3 out of their 6 matches in IPL 2022 which means they have a 50 per cent toss winning ratio this season. On the other hand, Chennai have just won one toss. So, Mumbai have had the better share of luck so far this season and are predicted to win the toss ahead of this game.
2. Win Possibility
The overall head-to-head record is stacked in favour of Mumbai. Two giants of the tournament have faced each other a total of 32 times and while the Blue and Gold Brigade have won 19 of these games, those in yellow have won 13 of these fixtures. However, on recent form, Chennai looks better. They have at least a win against their name this season in comparison to Mumbai's none and seem to be having more going their way than Mumbai. So predicting Chennai to win this fixture.
3. Team of the Day
The team of the Day is Chennai as they look like a more settled unit with Ruturaj Gaikwad getting amidst runs. For Mumbai, their bowling has been a big concern and their batters including Rohit Sharma haven't fired at all.
4. Powerplay Score
The average powerplay score at DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai which is the venue for this game has been 44.8 this season. Both Mumbai and Chennai batters are expected to go beyond 40 runs inside the first six overs of their innings.
5. Average first innings and second innings score
The average first innings total at this venue in IPL 2022 has been 172.72. Meanwhile, the average second innings score at this venue in IPL 2022 has been 164.36.
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