IPL 2022 – Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians Match 59 – Preview
For most of the 14 seasons leading up to 2022, the Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians formed the IPL’s rich story, winning 9 titles between them and raising the roof whenever their paths intersected. The competing ideas – instinct versus data – and mini-battles have kept broadcasters excited and spectators ecstatic, as the energy surrounding a CSK-vs-MI fixture has virtually always been unrivaled.
However, the IPL royalty was humbled in 2022. They’ve been fragmented in their effort, uninteresting with both bat and ball, and hence find themselves at the bottom of the 10-team points standings. The stakes are off for MI, who are already out of contention for the playoffs, while CSK is clinging to a tenuous mathematical strand in order to stay alive.
Despite the fact that the two powerhouses have become a caricature of their powerful selves this season, they have produced a final-over thriller. Although it lacked the sharpness of past big stakes contests and was the product of an evening full of mistakes, the atmosphere and expectation were palpable. Expect nothing different three weeks later, on Thursday, when the context is weaker and the stakes are barely one-sided.
Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians Match 59 – Pitch Report
Only three times this season at the Wankhede stadium has a skipper chosen to bat first. Two of these resulted in victories, one of which came just three days earlier when RCB defeated SRH by 67 runs. The other venues have provided more advantages for changing toss strategies and setting a target, but there is no scope to do so at the Wankhede as well, as indicated by RCB’s amount of control over SRH.
Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians Match 59 – Tactics and Lineups
Chennai Super Kings
Earlier this season, Rohit Sharma’s early hesitation against left-arm pace paid off for CSK, as Mukesh Choudhary removed him in the first over. If Rohit is able to overcome that, CSK may put out another favorable match-up to tame the MI skipper. That would imply an early PowerPlay appearance for Dwayne Bravo, who has already dismissed Rohit five times in the IPL.
Jasprit Bumrah, fresh off a dangerous 5-for-10 performance, should be unleashed against CSK’s top batter this season, Shivam Dube. The free-spirited six-hitter has already smashed 16 sixes this season, which is tied for third-most in the league but has previously shown vulnerability to Bumrah’s accuracy, falling twice and scoring just 10 runs in 17 balls against the pacer.