Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians face each other in match number 59 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season on Thursday. CSK have claimed four wins from 11 games this season, having collected eight points. They take on bottom-placed MI, who have managed just two wins from 11.
Analysis of CSK
For CSK, the return of Devon Conway has been a blessing. He has hammered three successive fifties, helping his side win two games from three. He has done relatively well, playing a positive brand of cricket. Ruturaj Gaikwad also holds importance in this tie. He has the knack for forming crucial stands alongside Conway. The rest of the CSK batting line-up will rely on Moeen Ali and MS Dhoni for quality runs. Shivam Dube has been a good performer as well.
With the ball, CSK will look up to Dwayne Bravo, who has claimed 16 scalps. Mukesh Choudhary has been amongst the wickets. CSK will hope Ravindra Jadeja returns for this tie. He missed the previous game against DC.
Analysis of MI
MI managed two successive wins after a string of eight losses. However, they were once again pegged back by KKR in a game they bowled so well. MI’s batting is the worry and they don’t have the desired personnel to come out strong. MI are already without Suryakumar Yadav, who has been ruled out of the remainder of IPL 2022. Hopes will be pinned upon Ishan Kishan, who scored a crucial fifty versus KKR. Rohit Sharma has struggled big time and that’s a worry.
With the ball, Murugan Ashwin and Daniel Sams will be aiming to support Jasprit Bumrah. The Indian pacer was on fire versus KKR, claiming a fifer. Bumrah will once again hold the key for his side. He has to churn up positive numbers and keep CSK at bay. MI need a solid show and prevent themselves from suffering another defeat.
Both teams have faced each other on 33 occasions in the cash-rich league. MI have the edge with 19 wins while CSK have won on 14 occasions.
What is the expected playing XI of both sides?
CSK predicted playing XI: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Shivam Dube, MS Dhoni (wk and c), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Dwayne Pretorius, Maheesh Theekshana, Mukesh Choudhary
MI predicted playing XI: Ishan Kishan, Rohit Sharma (c), Ramandeep Singh, Tilak Varma, Kieron Pollard, Tim David, Daniel Sams, M Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Kumar Kartikeya, Riley Meredith
Which team is the predicted winner?
With what we have seen in terms of performance, there’s no doubt both sides need to up the ante. MI are the more desperate side. However, CSK have the edge and closing out the match is what they need. Their batting looks more stable than that of MI. That’s where the game can be won.
Key details about the pitch, timing, and TV listing
Wankhede will host this game. It has been a good batting wicket, boasting an average first innings total of close to 175 (last five matches). Pacers have found considerable success than spinners. The match will be telecast live on the Star Sports Network. Viewers can stream the same on the Disney+ Hotstar app (paid subscription). The match will start at 7:30 PM IST.
The major batting stats on offer
Conway has 231 runs in four games in IPL 2022 at an average of 77. He has a SR of 155-plus. Shivam Dube has 279 runs in nine games this season and can close in on the 300-run mark. He has a SR of 160.34. Tilak Varma (334) can get to 350 runs in IPL 2022.
The major bowling stats on offer
Bravo has 183 wickets at 23.73. Bumrah has 140 scalps at 23.64. He has 10 scalps in IPL 2022. Murugan Ashwin has claimed nine wickets from eight games for MI in IPL 2022.
Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 1)
Batsmen: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Ishan Kishan, Tilak Varma, MS Dhoni
All-rounders: Moeen Ali
Bowlers: Dwayne Bravo, Jasprit Bumrah, Maheesh Theekshana, Mukesh Choudhary, Murugan Ashwin
Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 2)
Batsmen: Ishan Kishan, Tilak Varma, R Gaikwad, D Conway, Ambati Rayudu
All-rounders: Moeen Ali
Bowlers: M Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Maheesh Theekshana, Dwayne Bravo, Riley Meredith
Dream11 Fantasy XI: Captain and vice-captain choices
Devon Conway: This is a no-brainer. The Kiwi star has been unstoppable since returning for CSK. He has set himself in and looks in sync. Once more, Conway can light things up and score maximum runs.
Ishan Kishan: He seems to be MI’s best person with the bat and the responsibility needs to follow suit. A fifty versus KKR will help Kishan in terms of confidence and style.
Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices
Jasprit Bumrah: After a fifer versus KKR, Bumrah will be keen to show his firepower for MI. He remains an excellent T20 specialist and can be the match-winner. He will be hoping to be amongst the wickets.
Dwayne Bravo: With 16 scalps, Bravo has shown he remains a trusted asset in T20s. Despite his age, Bravo has shown experience is crucial. His variations and intelligence can trouble MI batters.