Home > News >

IPL 2013 Preview: Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians battle for a spot in the final

IPL 2013: Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians battle for a spot in the final

Chennai Super Kings will be looking to make it into a fourth straight Indian Premier League final © IANS

By Nishad Pai Vaidya

Delhi: May 20, 2013

The Indian Premier League (IPL), 2013 is now down to its final four. Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and the  Mumbai Indians face-off at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi for a place in the final. The winner of this first Qualifier goes directly to the final, whereas the other side gets a shot at redemption in the second qualifier.

Chennai are the team to beat at the IPL. They are undoubtedly the strongest unit in the tournament and have this knack of rising to every challenge. As usual, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has marshaled his troops very well. In these crunch situations, Chennai are a dangerous unit and Mumbai would be wary of them.

Michael Hussey has been in fantastic form this season and has given Chennai the impetus upfront. He adds calm to the top and can also take the attack to the opposition. He has been well supported by Suresh Raina at number three. The important thing is that Dhoni has been in magnificent form with the bat. He is a floater in the batting order and that gives Chennai more flexibility.

On the bowling front, Chennai have a complete attack with the right balance. Mohit Sharma has been the find of the season for them as he has picked up wickets and bowled economically. Chris Morris has also added dimension to the attack that comprises the wicket-taking Dwayne Bravo. Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja complete the spin bowling duties. In a nutshell, one can say that they have a well-oiled machinery.

Coming to Mumbai, this star-studded line-up has played to potential this season, but have the final hurdle to cross. Their batting has reigned supreme with Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik and Kieron Pollard in great touch. Sachin Tendulkar has contributed a few times and Mumbai would hope he is fit for this encounter.

Aditya Tare has been impressive in the opportunities he got and it would be interesting to see if he is persisted with. Even if Tendulkar comes back, Tare should hold on to his spot and they would open the batting. Glenn Maxwell may have to go down the order.

Mitchell Johnson has been Mumbai’s trump-card in the bowling. He has taken a lot of the pressure off Lasith Malinga and that has helped Mumbai reap rich rewards. Harbhajan Singh and Pragyan Ojha have done their bit with their spin and have built on the start given by the new-ball bowlers. Dhawal Kulkarni injured himself during the previous game, and it remains to be seen if he is ready for this clash.

In this tournament, Mumbai have beaten Chennai in both their encounters. In fact, even in previous editions, Mumbai have generally reigned supreme in the league stages. However, Chennai have invariably come back to beat them at the business end. That is an equation that would give Chennai tremendous confidence and Mumbai would want to change things.

Teams:

Chennai Super Kings (probable): MS Dhoni (c & wk), Michael Hussey, Murali Vijay, Suresh Raina, Subramaniam Badrinath, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Chris Morris, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohit Sharma, Jason Holder.

Mumbai Indians (probable): Rohit Sharma(c), Aditya Tare, Sachin Tendulkar, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Kieron Pollard, Ambati Rayudu, Glenn Maxwell, Harbhajan Singh, Pragyan Ojha, Mitchell Johnson, Lasith Malinga.

Match Time: 20.00 IST | 14.30 GMT

(Nishad Pai Vaidya is a Correspondent with cricketcountry.com and anchor for the site’s YouTube Channel. His Twitter handle is @nishad_44)

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 20, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Kolkata

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Dubai

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (19:00 IST)   at Cuttack

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Oct 25, 2014 (09:30 IST)   at Dhaka

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 27, 2014 (03:00 IST)   at Hamilton

More

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 24, 2014  at Mount Maunganui

South Africa won by 72 runs

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 21, 2014  at Mount Maunganui

South Africa won by 6 wkts

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 17, 2014  at Dharamsala

India won by 59 runs

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 14, 2014  at Visakhapatnam

Match cancelled

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 12, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Australia won by 1 run

Photos

Pakistan vs Australia, 1st Test at Dubai

Videos

Amla feels Proteas more acclimatised to conditions

Pakistan eye victory as Australia reel at 59/4 at stumps on Day 4

Suresh Raina gifts Aditya Garhwal an autographed bat

Dwayne Bravo says West Indies pull-out had everybody’s consent

Bangladesh gain upper-hand over Zimbabwe at stumps on Day 1 of 1st Test

David Warner and others with records related to hundreds in consecutive Test innings

Australia Australia tour of UAE 2014 Australia vs Pakistan Australia vs Pakistan 2014 Duleep Trophy India New Zealand New Zealand vs South Africa 2014 Pakistan Pakistan vs Australia Pakistan vs Australia 2014 South Africa South Africa tour of New Zealand 2014 South Africa vs New Zealand 2014

Pakistan vs Australia 2014: Younis Khan considered skipping Tests

Michael Clarke: Younis Khan is one of the gentlemen of our game

Duleep Trophy 2014: Central Zone to meet South Zone in final

Pakistan eye victory as Australia reel at 59/4 at stumps on Day 4

Pakistan vs Australia 2014: David Warner admits that Australia is not scared of big targets

Younis Khan scores 26th ton to establish Pakistan record

Younis Khan becomes seventh Pakistani cricketer to score two hundreds in a Test

Virat Kohli and others with 20 ODI hundreds

David Warner and others with records related to hundreds in consecutive Test innings

Strangers, Brothers and Cricket— the English novelist CP Snow’s lasting passion for the game

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

642 Posts | 9 Fans

Virat Kohli's Family Meets Anushka Sharma

अभिनेत्री हुमा कुरैशी ओरिफ्लेम की ब्रांड एंबेसडर

Has Bigg Boss 8 made Karishma Tanna the most hated person?

Pranab Mukherjee returns home after visit to Norway, Finland

Revealed: First look of Amitabh Bachchan-Farhan Akhtar’s Do!

7 reasons why having sex during pregnancy is great for your health

Videocon Infinium Graphite with gesture control feature launched, priced at Rs 10,499

Rupee up 19 paise against dollar in early trade

Twitter introduces Audio Cards to listen to music directly from your timeline

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here