Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have got off to a dream start in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season as they have notched up five wins already with barely half of the league phase over. After the loss in the first match, the MS Dhoni-led side bounced back with some aplomb as they notched up as many as five wins in a row to put themselves in excellent stead to make it to the playoffs.
Their arch-rivals and defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) have not displayed such excellent form, but have ensured that they are very much in the mix as a contender for the title yet again. They have 3 wins in 6 and would want to make it 4 today to ensure that they are halfway there to the magic number of 8 wins, halfway into the tournament. They also have been excellent in recent match-ups with CSK and would fancy their chances of winning this. The Men in Yellow would have to be at their best today to get past the champions.
On that note, we take a look at how CSK can defeat MI.
IPL 2021: MI vs CSK – Key for CSK #1: Openers must deliver again
CSK’s openers Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad have been in sparkling form of late. They have notched up three consecutive 50+ stands for their side and have also put on a stand in excess of 100 runs twice already. Their contributions have been key in helping CSK to five wins in the tournament already.
On the occasion of what is called the ‘El Clasico’ of the IPL, they have to deliver again. It is noteworthy that in the last season, Gaikwad did not score a single run against MI as he got out for a duck twice. He will want to prove a point and if he does so, CSK would be in good stead.
IPL 2021: MI vs CSK – Key for CSK #2: Death bowling needs to improve
One of CSK’s few concerns this season has been the death bowling which has not been up to the mark. The same was evident in the previous match when Shardul Thakur was taken apart by Kane Williamson who had just arrived at the crease. The death bowling cost CSK a good 10-15 runs as what could have been a 150-155 total ended up being 171.
MI possess some of the best finishers in the world in Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard. CSK can hence, ill afford to be ineffective at the death as the duo will capitalize on the same. The likes of Thakur, Sam Curran and Lungi Ngidi will have to step up to the plate today.