Defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) take on high-flying Chennai Super Kings (CSK) today at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi in the twenty seventh match of VIVO IPL 2021. MI would want to keep up their form from the previous match going while CSK would want to make it six wins in six, after the defeat in their campaign opener.
IPL 2021: MI vs CSK – Match Preview
Mumbai Indians have not had a particularly excellent start to their IPL 2021 season. The defending champions were slow off the blocks as usual as they lost their first game before winning two in a row. Two losses that followed led to some concern but a win in the previous match has restored normalcy.
The win in the previous match was against Rajasthan Royals (RR) who were restricted to a score of 171 before the chase was aced with Quinton de Kock regaining form by bagging the Man of the Match. The win would hold them in good stead now for the all-important match against CSK today.
Chennai Super Kings
Chennai Super Kings have had a near-perfect start to the season this year. After losing their first game to Delhi Capitals (DC), it seemed like CSK could be in for another disappointing season like the 2020 one. However, what followed next has been simply top notch as the Men in Yellow have notched up five wins in a row.
Their previous win came against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) who were restricted to a score of 171 thanks to some tight bowling in the middle overs. The chase was then aced with Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad putting on their third consecutive 50+ partnership and second 100+ partnership. With such a resounding win, CSK would be hopeful of making it six in a row today.
IPL 2021 Match 27 – MI vs CSK Match Details
- Match: Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings
- Date and Time: 1st May, 7:30 pm IST
- Venue: Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
- Live Streaming Details: The match between MI and CSK will be streamed live on the Star Sports Network and Disney+ Hotstar VIP.
The weather in Delhi is expected to be extremely hot. Temperatures could hover around the upper end of 30s in the Celsius scale. There are no chances of rain.
The pitches at the Feroz Shah Kotla could be slightly on the slower side. However, batsmen should still be able to make merry if they show proper application as was evident in the previous matches. Sides winning the toss might look to chase.
Predicted Playing XI
Both teams could remain unchanged for today’s match.
- Quinton de Kock
- Rohit Sharma
- Suryakumar Yadav
- Hardik Pandya
- Kieron Pollard
- Krunal Pandya
- Jayant Yadav
- Nathan Coulter-Nile
- Rahul Chahar
- Jasprit Bumrah
- Trent Boult
Chennai Super Kings
- Ruturaj Gaikwad
- Faf du Plessis
- Moeen Ali
- Suresh Raina
- Ambati Rayudu
- Ravindra Jadeja
- MS Dhoni
- Sam Curran
- Shardul Thakur
- Deepak Chahar
- Lungi Ngidi
IPL 2021: MI vs CSK – Head-to-head and Match Prediction
Head to head (last five matches)
- MI won by 10 wickets
- CSK won by 5 wickets
- MI won by 1 run
- MI won by 6 wickets
- MI won by 46 runs
Although Chennai Super Kings are in red-hot form at the moment and have strung together five wins in a row, Mumbai Indians could end up on the winning side. The Rohit Sharma-led side have always troubled CSK in the past and that might continue today. The middle order will hold key for MI and if they fire, it would hold the side in good stead in the encounter.