News April 27, 2018, 12:23 IST
Pune, April 27 (PTI) An Indian fight In Bombay, fighting for survival in the current Premier League of India starts tomorrow in the playing field of the Chennai Super Kings, an uphill task given the form of their opponents and their formidable lineup.
The wrenching defeat of a wicket in the opening game of lungs is fresh in their minds, but the Indians of Mumbai will have to play off their skin to take revenge at the Stadium of the Maharashtra Cricket Association.
At the Wankhede in Mumbai earlier this month, CSK had defeated the defending champions by a wicket, and with a spare ball.
MI is looking forward to returning to the path of victory after two consecutive setbacks.
It has been a journey of contrasts for the two teams so far. While Mumbai has only achieved one victory in its six games, the team led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni has won five of its six games.
Changing the games from their original home did not affect Chennai as they won their first match in Pune.
For Mumbai, to survive in the tournament, this is a match he must win.
The Mumbai hitters have had problems in the tournament, except for Suryakumar Yadav.
The boss Rohit Sharma has not been able to shoot in five of the six games and that's Kieron Pollard.
But if Rohit, Pollard, Surya, Evin Lewis and Hardik Pandya shoot in unison, Mumbai can set or pursue grand totals. And coach Mahela Jayawardane would expect everyone to score in big numbers tomorrow.
Except for his 94th winner of the Royal Challengers Banglore match, Rohit has not managed to pass 20 races in five games. I would wait to turn the tables and have some careers under my belt.
Rohit's batting position will also be crucial and MI may ask him to open and take Surya to number 4.
Even in terms of bowling, MI has not been able to function as a unit. When you performed extremely well, you lacked support from the other side.
The 20-year-old lawmaker Mayank Markande has been the candidate for MI and has obtained 10 lands of six games.
But others like death, shock specialist Jasprit Bumrah and Bangladesh paladin Muztifizur Rahman have not lived up to expectations. If the CSK batting lineup full of stars has to be restricted, the two will have to play their role perfectly.
Mumbai may also consider bringing to New Zealand setting pace Adam Milne for his compatriot Mitchell McClehaghan, who is filtering runs, especially at the end.
On the other hand, Chennai would take the confidence of his last victory when a vintage Dhoni helped the team pursue a rigid goal of 206 against RCB.
Chennai would be happy that most of their Australian hitters Shane Watson, Ambati Rayadu, Dwayne Bravo, Dhoni are fit.
Solo Suresh Raina has been out of shape and would be willing to be between the races.
Coach Stephen Fleming would expect another stellar performance from his hitters on a pitch that usually helps hitters.
Chennai skittles, led by Shardul Thakur and complemented by Imran Tahir, Depak Chahar, have also clicked so far.
While Mumbai will be under extreme pressure to deliver, another victory for Chennai w It should consolidate its position at the table.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Mustifizur Rahman, Adam Milne, Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Rahul Chahar, Evin Lewis , Saurabh Tiwary, Ben Cutting, Pradeep Sangwan, Jean-Paul Duminy, Tajinder Singh, Sharad Lumba, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Mayank Markande Akila Dhanajaya, Roy Anukul, Mohsin Khan, MD Nidheesh and Mitchell McClenaghan.
Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf Du Plesis, Harbhajan Singh, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayadu, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif, Kanish Seth, Lungi Ngidi, Dhruv Shorey , Murali Vijay, Sam Billings, Mark Wood, Kshtiz Sharma, Kumar Monument, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur and N Jagadeesan, David Willy.
The match starts at 8 PM
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