The 59th match of this edition is between the former champions and old rivals Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians.
Usually, whenever these two teams cross each other, it is deemed as a very crucial match mostly in the knockout round.
But this time, the scenario is altogether different.
Both teams have had a very ordinary tournament considering the fact that both Mumbai and Chennai have won the most IPL titles and are two of the strongest contenders of title in almost every season.
However, this year will be a year to forget as Mumbai is already out from the race of play-offs, having just 2 wins so far in the season.
While Chennai might hope somewhere that they still can go on to the next round but the odds are very much against them.
Mumbai will be playing this game for their pride while Chennai will battle out every possibility to reach the play-offs round which seems very unlikely.
Chennai Super Kings will be without their new Captain Ravindra Jadeja as he has been ruled out of the rest of the tournament due to an injury.
So, MS Dhoni will be back in the skipper colours and we might see old Chennai roaring out like they have done over the years.
Chennai have found a solid opening pair in the form of Devon Conway and Ruturaj Gaikwad.
The pair already has 2 century stands in only 4 games so far and Chennai will be eyeing the prospects of next year’s IPL with this pair.
Their bowling has been above par this season but as their campaign comes near its end, Mukesh Chowdhury seems to hit the right lengths after having an off season for the most part.
Mumbai Indians will miss Suryakumar Yadav surely after he caught an injury against Gujarat Titans.
As mentioned earlier, Mumbai will be playing for their pride as their last matches gives them opportunities to test their bench strength and formulate a future course of action.
Uncapped South African Tristan Stubbs and Basil Thampi can be tried out.
Kieron Pollard did not have a great IPL this year as his strike rate of 107.40 may indicate and considering the fact about what kind of an impactful player he is.
Venue: Wankhede Stadium Mumbai
Date: 12th May 2022
Time: 7:30 pm IST
Head to head past record:
Old rivals Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians have played 33 matches against each other so far.
Out of which, Mumbai have the lead with 19 wins while Chennai won 14 matches.
In IPL 2022 so far, CSK has beaten MI in their first encounter.
Probable Playing 11 – Chennai Super Kings:
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Moeen Ali, Robin Uthappa, Shivam Dube, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (capt & wk), Dwayne Bravo, Simarjeet Singh, Maheesh Theekshana, Mukesh Choudhary
Probable Playing 11 – Mumbai Indians:
Rohit Sharma (capt), Ishan Kishan (wk), Tilak Varma, Tristan Stubbs/Ramandeep Singh, Tim David, Kieron Pollard, Daniel Sams, Hrithik Shokeen, Kumar Kartikeya, Jasprit Bumrah, Basil Thampi/Riley Meredith
Star bowler of the match:
Star batsman of the match:
Who will win?
This match can be very explosive or quite dull given the state of conditons both teams are in at this point of the tournament.
A win for Mumbai can only redeem their horrid run this year whereas a win here for Chennai will keep their hopes alive of the play-offs.
Given the state, Chennai walks in this team in a dominating position despite missing Jadeja.