Reeling from a loss at the hands of Royal Challengers Bangalore in their first outing, Mumbai Indians (MI) head home for their second fixture of Indian Premier League 2023. The Rohit Sharma-led side will be up against arch-rivals from the south, Chennai Super Kings (CSK).
Speaking about MS Dhoni’s Super Kings, the franchise had a mixed start to their campaign as they have lost and won one game each in the tournament so far. However, to lock horns against the most decorated side despite MI coming on the back of a loss, will be a tricky one.
The two giants of the lucrative T20 league will square off at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday, April 8, in the second double-header of the tournament. All eyes will be on the fierce rivalry as Mumbai will look to earn their first points whereas CSK will be on the hunt to win their second on the trot.
MI vs CSK Match Details
Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings, Match 12, IPL 2023
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Date & Time: Saturday, April 8, 7:30 PM IST
Telecast & Streaming Details: Star Sports Network and JioCinema
MI vs CSK Pitch Report
The surface at the iconic Wankhede Stadium is known to aid the batters. Considering that the two teams have a lethal batting line-up, a high-scoring contest can be expected. The wicket is flat and hard, making it easier for the batters to get runs swiftly and the quick outfield of the ground acts as the icing on the cake. Either skipper winning the toss is likely to bat first in the contest.
MI vs CSK Probable Playing XIs
Mumbai Indians (MI):
Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Cameron Green, Tilak Varma, Tim David, Nehal Wadhera, Hrithik Shokeen, Piyush Chawla, Jofra Archer, Arshad Khan
Chennai Super Kings (CSK):
Devon Conway, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Shivam Dube, Mitchell Santner, Deepak Chahar, RS Hangargekar
MI vs CSK Probable Best Performers
Probable best batter
Gaikwad started off brilliantly for CSK and is currently the leading run-getter in the top-tier league. Though it is too early to be talking about the IPL 2023 Orange Cap, the batter has been in terrific touch and has played his shots with panache. In both outings, the right-handed opener hammered fifties and will look to continue his purple patch with the bat against MI.
Probable best bowler
Archer failed to create a lasting impression against RCB in the first match. He gave away 33 runs in his four overs with an economy of 8.25 and was unable to get the required breakthroughs. Despite this, the ace pacer will be raring to dent the CSK batting lineup in the forthcoming clash with his hard-hitting pace.
Today’s Match Prediction: Chennai Super Kings to win the match
Disclaimer: The prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.