By CricketCountry Staff
Mumbai: May 6, 2012
A win will be crucial for both Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians when they clash in their IPL 2012 match at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday afternoon.
Defending champions Chennai Super Kings, and last year’s Champions League T20 winners Mumbai, have had a mixed outcome in this edition of IPL and both sides will be eye to dust off their inconsistent run.
The Super Kings would be thirsting for revenge not only for the comprehensive loss suffered in the first leg match which kicked off IPL 5 just over a month ago in their backyard but also to end MI’s three-match winning streak against them beginning with the IPL encounter here on April 22, 2011 that the hosts won by eight runs.
In between the two IPL encounters that the two contested over the last two seasons came the CLT20 League clash on September 24 in Chennai which also went in favour of MI by a margin of three wickets and overall MI have the edge with a 5-4 record in IPL.
These two teams, with the two-best winning percentage among all teams in IPL would thus square off in battle-hardened fashion with MI eager to stamp their superiority for the second time after their eight-wicket thrashing of the defending champions on April 4.
Both the teams are confronted with a wobbly batting order, their perceived strengths over the last few seasons.
While MI have struggled to put up a decent score on occasions, having been restricted to scores of 92, 101 and 120, the Super Kings have also not really set things on fire with a batting line-up boasting of the likes of Suresh Raina and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
MI: James Franklin, Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Ambati Rayudu, Devon Smith, Robin Peterson, Harbhajan Singh (c), Lasith Malinga, RP Singh, Munaf Patel.
CSK: Faf du Plessis, Murali Vijay, Suresh Raina, S Badrinath, MS Dhoni (c&wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Albie Morkel, Shadab Jakati, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ben Hilfenhaus.