Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings face each other in match number 33 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season on Thursday.

Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings face each other in match number 33 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season on Thursday. MI are winless this season, having suffered six successive defeats. Meanwhile, CSK have won one and lost five of their remaining games. MI are placed 10th, and CSK are a position above them on 9th.

This match needs to be won by two teams who have failed miserably. 

Analysis of MI

MI are not being able to get a win. Somewhere, they keep falling short. The batting is a bit inconsistent, where MI are always lacking that extra bit of runs. There is a lot of pressure on Suryakumar Yadav. With Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan failing of late, MI can be vulnerable. However, the positives MI can take is from Baby AB – Dewald Brevis, who has been impressive and has a very good future. He can become a rockstar in the IPL. Another positive player is Tilak Varma, who has grabbed his chances. The likes of Kieron Pollard need to find their rhythm back.

With the ball, MI need players to support Jasprit Bumrah. Tymal Mills looks good, and so does Murugan Ashwin. However, besides these three, MI are thin in resources, and teams are finding that easy. MI need to stick together as a unit and produce substance if they are to put test CSK’s batting unit. 

Analysis of CSK

For CSK, Ruturaj Gaikwad got useful runs in the previous game after a string of lows scores. His presence will be massive. Robin Uthappa and Shivam Dube have both contributed this season with quality runs. Uthappa has relived his IPL magic of the past. Dube has been a fantastic buy for CSK. He is playing with freedom and purpose. He missed that for RCB and RR in the past. If CSK are to score runs, the onus will be on these two to come out all guns blazing. They will target the MI bowlers.

With the ball, CSK have problems similar to that of MI. We might see Dwayne Pretorius getting a game ahead of Chris Jordan. Dwayne Bravo and Ravindra Jadeja have done decently, and Mukesh Choudhary has looked sharp. However, the overall composure, especially at the death, is missing. The way GT stole the show from CSK in the last game highlights the issues for Chennai.

Head-to-head record

Both teams have faced each other on 32 occasions in the cash-rich league. MI have the edge with 19 wins while CSK have won on 13 occasions. At the DY Patil Stadium, CSK have beaten MI in their only encounter (2010, final).

What is the expected playing XI of both sides?

MI predicted playing XI: Ishan Kishan, Rohit Sharma (c), Dewald Brevis, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Kieron Pollard, Fabien Allen, Jaydev Unadkat, M Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Tymal Mills

CSK predicted playing XI: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Robin Uthappa, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Shivam Dube, MS Dhoni (wk), Ravindra Jadeja (c), Dwayne Bravo, Dwayne Pretorius, Maheesh Theekshana, Mukesh Choudhary

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 with no wins. 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

The pitch at DY Patil Stadium is a mixed one with both batters and bowlers in the fray for a keen contest. To chase in excess of 175 at this venue can be difficult. The pitch will offer some bounce for pacers and grip for the spinners. That makes it look interesting.

The major batting stats on offer

For MI, Rohit Sharma has the most runs in powerplay overs against CSK (196). Rohit (364) and Kieron Pollard (268) are the highest run-getters in middle and death overs. Robin Uthappa has 4,919 runs in the IPL and needs 81 more to reach the 5,000-run mark. Uthappa has amassed 561 runs versus MI.

The major bowling stats on offer

Bumrah has 134 wickets in the IPL, including 11 in 12 games versus CSK. Ravindra Jadeja, who has taken 132 scalps, has 17 wickets versus MI. 12 of his wickets have come in the PP overs.

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 1)

Batsmen: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Robin Uthappa, Ishan Kishan, Dewald Brevis, Suryakumar Yadav

All-rounders: Ravindra Jadeja, Shivam Dube

Bowlers: Dwayne Bravo, Jasprit Bumrah, Maheesh Theekshana, Mukesh Choudhary

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 2)

Batsmen: Ishan Kishan, Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Shivam Dube, Robin Uthappa,

All-rounders: Kieron Pollard, Moeen Ali

Bowlers: M Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Maheesh Theekshana, Dwayne Bravo

Dream11 Fantasy XI: Captain and vice-captain choices

Robin Uthappa: The veteran IPL star has amassed 197 runs so far and has enjoyed himself in the middle. Uthappa is back opening the innings and this has served him well.

Suryakumar Yadav: A sheer versatile player, SKY has been in top gear across the last 4 games. He looks like the most sorted MI batter. SKY promises runs and can be elegant in his stay at the crease. He has 200 runs.

Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices

Dewald Brevis: The talented MI youngster showed his prowess in the previous game, and he can be backed to make an impact once again for the side. Expect Brevis to find form and get going.

Shivam Dube: With 226 runs from six games this season, Dube has been a shining star for CSK. He has already hit 2 fifties. His SR of 176.92 is massive.

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