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IPL 2022 – The BEST Chennai Super Kings playing XI to face the Mumbai Indians

On Thursday, April 21st, the Chennai Super Kings will square off against their arch-rivals the Mumbai Indians at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai. The most significant positive for Chennai is that Ruturaj Gaikwad regained his form against the Gujarat Titans in their previous match. Gaikwad will seek to maintain the momentum as Chennai looks to rebound and be in contention for the playoffs.

The furious hitting of Robin Uthappa and Shivam Dube was the star of the show as CSK defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore, although the two struggled in the previous game. Dube will have to replicate his exploits against RCB in order to lead his team in front. Captain Ravindra Jadeja and former skipper MS Dhoni would have to step up their game and take on the position of the finisher in the team if CSK are to post a perfect total in the death overs.

Keeping these points in mind, here is the BEST Chennai Super Kings Playing XI to face the Mumbai Indians.


Ruturaj Gaikwad and Robin Uthappa to continue opening the innings


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Ruturaj made a comeback in CSK’s recent encounter against the Gujarat Titans, and supporters were ecstatic to see the 2021 Orange Cap champion strike the ball hard. He regained his long-lost confidence in the game by scoring a 73(48) in the first innings. As a result, the squad will rely on him to keep performing in the same manner.

This season, Robin’s game has been a bit of a toss-up. Every good game is followed by a mediocre or terrible effort. His performance against RCB was memorable, but he struggled against GT. Uthappa will have to rise to the occasion against the Mumbai Indians, who are also looking for a win.

The Super Kings will rely on their openers to get them off to a solid start against Mumbai, who have appeared to be the weakest of all the teams in IPL 2022 so far.


Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni and Shivam Dube add strength to the middle order


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In their upcoming match against MI, the middle-order hitters will have a huge job on their hands. Moeen Ali has been removed early in most of his games thus far, although his strengths are well known. If the openers fail to deliver, he can contribute a significant knock and keep the innings tight for a long time.

Rayudu and Dube are heavy hitters who can’t afford to take any chances against MI. It’ll be a crucial game, and a win will keep their playoff aspirations alive. Rayudu has previously shown himself to be a capable batsman against MI, and he will be expected to spearhead the attack.

Dube will have to rely on his instincts and play the game as it unfolds. He’ll come up with another match-winning knock if he plays freely and honestly, without any pressure, as he did against RCB. This season, he has done admirably, as evidenced by his statistics.

CSK urgently needs MS Dhoni’s finishing skills in this game, especially since they don’t have many wickets. Dhoni scored an undefeated 50 in the first game, but he hasn’t repeated the feat since. Down the line, he’ll have to be the team’s saviour.


Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo come in as the all-rounders


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Under pressure, skipper Jadeja is famed for hitting big shots, especially in the death overs. In the previous season of the event, he had hammered Harshal Patel for 36 runs. He had scored 62 runs off only 28 balls in that game. If he can pull off a similar performance when pushed in a scenario, the squad can go a long way in the game.

With the ball, the Caribbean all-rounder has been outstanding, and he is presently the leading wicket-taker in the Indian Premier League’s history. His bat display, on the other hand, has yet to be seen. Even if he isn’t given the opportunity to bat, his bowling contribution will be a significant benefit to his team.


Dwaine Pretorius, Maheesh Theekshana and Mukesh Choudhary form the bowling attack


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Chris Jordan will be replaced by Dwaine Pretorius in the starting XI. The English bowler has given up a lot of runs this season, and CSK will benefit from the youthful South African pacer’s abilities in the dying overs. In the games against Lucknow and Punjab, he took two wickets each.

In the previous two games against RCB and GT, Maheesh Theekshana has been outstanding. His spells of 4/33 and 2/24 versus RCB demonstrate his progress in the game. The team will back the Sri Lankan spinner, and he will be expected to deliver similar results.

Choudhary was costly in the game against RCB, but he was more consistent in the game against GT in Pune. In three overs, he gave up only 18 runs, including the important wicket of Shubman Gill. During the powerplay, Theekshana and Choudhary will be expected to create an early breakthrough for their team.