The Delhi Capitals kept their chance alive to reach the top four by surpassing the Rajasthan Royals by eight wickets yesterday. It’s a comprehensive victory where RR failed to match their opponent. The DC bowlers were remarkable in the death overs, conceding just 21 off the final three overs. Mithchell Marsh’s all-round performance helped the DC to chase the 161 runs in 18.1 overs with eight wickets remaining.
Two bottom-line teams face off
The IPL caravan has shifted their focus to Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, where two bottom-line teams, Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings, will take on each other in tonight’s encounter. MI are not in contention for the playoffs. They have nothing to lose except their pride in the remaining games. CSK have slender hope of moving to the next round but need to depend on a fragile mathematical strand to stay alive.
Both sides have failed to perform since the beginning of this edition of the IPL. CSK got a new captain, Ravindra Jadeja, but could not follow in the footsteps of MS Dhoni. In the middle of the tournament, the management took the decision to replace Jadeja with Dhoni. CSK have the daunting task of moving to the playoffs stage.
The Mumbai Indians looked disjointed and never clicked as a unit. The Rohit Sharma-led side failed in all departments of the game. Mumbai have tasted victory twice in their last 11 matches. No one could have predicted such an abysmal performance from MI. Remember; cricket is a game of uncertainty, where anything is possible.
If we look at the past records, MI have an edge, winning 19 matches and losing 14 fixtures against arch-rival CSK.
Toss will play a vital role at Wankhede Stadium. Only three times in 15 matches has a captain chosen to bat first.Two of those ended in victories, with one of the encounters taking place just three days ago when RCB beat SRH by 67 runs.
CSK skipper MS Dhoni’s past record against MI was splendid. The maverick captain has scored 710 runs at a strike rate of 130.8 against MI in the IPL.
Dhoni’s opposite number in today’s match, Rohit Sharma, has a similar record against CSK, scoring 752 runs at a strike rate of 125.3, including seven half-centuries.
CSK have to put in every ounce of their energy because the Chennai side have no margin of error if they want to go ahead in the tournament. CSK will exit the 15th edition of the IPL with just one loss from here.
MI may provide a chance for some of his reserve players who have been warming the bench since the beginning of IPL 2022 to test their bench strength. Spectators have a chance to see an absorbing contest in tonight’s match from Wankhede stadium. MI are already out, but CSK go all out to keep their hopes alive.