Match Preview of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs Mumbai Indians (MI)
“Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs Mumbai Indians (MI) at MA Chidambaram Stadium will be one of the biggest games of the IPL. It’s a brilliant rivalry, as Mumbai has beaten Chennai at the Wankhede in the first league fixture, while Chennai will seek revenge in front of their home crowd. They both will be looking for a ‘first two’ finish on the points table and won’t just be satisfied with a spot in the playoffs. Mumbai can move to second if they manage to beat Chennai once again. I somehow have this feeling that Mumbai will want to win more,” said Boria Majumdar, cricket analyst at Sports Flashes.
“MS Dhoni might rest a few players from his side since CSK are already in the playoffs, Mumbai on the other end will do nothing of the sort. The bench strength will remain intact, Quinton de Kock will stay, Behrandorff might have to leave, but most of the foreign recruits will stick with the MI camp,” said the cricket fanatic.
“I have this sense that if Mumbai bat well and if they keep in mind that 175 were chased by Chennai against Hyderabad in their previous encounter, and then it is most likely to be another decent wicket. The overall outlook of the Mumbai Indians side does indicate that they have it in them to beat Chennai, so it should be one cracker of a contest,” said the analyst.
Game-changing moment of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Rajasthan Royals (RR)
“It was a big blow for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) as they’ve now lost six out of six of their previous encounters. KKR were well within the reach of a win with five wickets taken for under a score hundred, but a solid knock of 47 by Riyan Parag and that six on the 18th over of Andre Russell over long-on changed the complexion of the game towards Rajasthan Royals’ (RR) favour. Fifteen runs were needed off nine deliveries and the big six by the youngster was the turning point of the game for me,” concluded Majumdar.
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