Match: Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians, Match 59, Thursday, 12 May 2022
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Time: 7:30 pm (IST)
Where to watch: Star Sports Network | Disney+ Hotstar
Match 59 of the 2022 TATA Indian Premier League brings us live action from the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai for the clash between the Chennai Super Kings and the Mumbai Indians.
While the MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings are coming into this game off the back of a thumping victory over the Delhi Capitals, the Mumbai Indians are coming into this game off the back of an extremely disappointing performance against the Kolkata Knight Riders.
The CSK currently lie ninth in the table, having played eleven games with four wins and seven defeats. Their batting department did an excellent job in the last match, with their opening batters Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway shining again. The pair managed to give the team another brilliant start with a partnership of 110 runs. Chennai put up a massive total of 208/6, which the Capitals failed to reach comprehensively and got bowled out for a total of just 117 runs inside 18 overs. One major blow for Chennai, however, is the loss of Ravindra Jadeja, who has been ruled out of the rest of the season due to injury.
The Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, were at the receiving end of a disappointing defeat against the Kolkata Knight Riders. Kolkata scored a total of 165 in their 20 overs, which the Mumbai side failed to chase down and got bowled out for 113. They were disappointing in both the departments—batting and bowling—in the previous game.
The team managing to win the toss will ideally look to bat first, since the pitches are getting slower as we are nearing the end of the season.
Probable Playing XIs
Chennai Super Kings
Robin Uthappa, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Ambati Rayudu, Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Simarjeet Singh, Dwayne Bravo, Maheesh Theekshana, Mukesh Choudhary
Bench: Adam Milne, Chris Jordan, Deepak Chahar, Mitchell Santner, Tushar Deshpnde, Hari Nishanth, N Jagadeesan, Subhranshu Senapati, Prashant Solanki, KM Asif, Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Bhagath Varma, Dwaine Pretorius
Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Ramandeep Singh, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Kieron Pollard, Daniel Sams, Murugan Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Kumar Kartikeya, Riley Meredith
Bench: Amolpreet Singh, Jaydev Unadkat, Fabian Allen, Sanjay Yadav, Tymal Mills, Mayank Markande, Arjun Tendulkar, Aryan Juyal, Hrithik Shokeen, Rahul Buddhi, Arshad Khan, Ramandeep Singh, Dewald Brevis, Basil Thampi
Matches played: 33 | Chennai Super Kings: 14 | Mumbai Indians: 19
Last five matches: Chennai Super Kings: 2 | Mumbai Indians: 3
Batter to watch out for: Devon Conway
Devon Conway has posted brilliant performances in the last three matches that he has started for the CSK. With impressive scores of 85 (55), 56 (37) and 87 (49), he will be looking to go big against the bottom-tabled Mumbai Indians, whose bowling department has struggled throughout the season.
Bowler to watch out for: Mukesh Choudhary
Mukesh Choudhary is an emerging player and is proving to be a trump card and a consistent bowling player for the Super Kings. He took two wickets and gave away just 22 runs in his three overs in the last game. He will try to gain confidence from his previous performances and post another good bowling performance against the struggling batting lineup of the Mumbai Indians.
Ruturaj Gaikwad (vc), Devon Conway (c), Rohit Sharma, Shivam Dube, Moeen Ali, Tilak Verma, MS Dhoni, Mukesh Choudhary, Dwayne Bravo, Simarjeet Singh, Jasprit Bumrah
Given the new-found form of their opening batters, with their bowlers now also providing consistent performances, I expect the Chennai Super Kings to take away a convincing win from the Wankhede Stadium against the Mumbai Indians.