CSK vs MI IPL 2023 Match Preview & Prediction | Match 49
CSK vs MI is the biggest rivalry in T20 franchise cricket, and both teams are meeting for the second time in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023. Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have 11 points in ten games, while Mumbai Indians (MI) picked up their fifth victory this season after a stellar win over Punjab Kings (PBKS) on Wednesday.
The match will take place at Chidambaram Stadium on Saturday at 3:30 PM.
Chennai Super Kings
CSK, whose last game was abandoned due to rain, has a batting unit that consistently delivered in the 16th edition. Opening pair Devon Conway and Ruturaj Gaikwad have made more than 750 runs between them. On the other hand, Shivam Dube and Ajinkya Rahane have built on the starts made by the opening duo. Also, Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni have made useful contributions with the bat.
Deepak Chahar’s return to the playing 11 would have been a relief to the CSK bowling unit. Uncapped Tushar Deshpande, who has 17 wickets, will hope to add more to his tally. Spinners Ravindra Jadeja, Maheesh Theekshana, and Moeen Ali had an impressive outing against Lucknow Super Giants.
MI fans will have high expectations from the batting department, which chased more than 200 in the last two games. Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav played pivotal roles in the victory over PBKS on Wednesday. Tilak Varma and Tim David, too, are in excellent nick. However, Rohit Sharma’s lean patch is a concern. The MI skipper managed just five runs in the last three games.
The bowling unit has continued to disappoint after conceding a 200+ total in the third consecutive game. Piyush Chawla is the lone reliable performer, while the rest of the bowlers, including fast bowlers, have struggled to pick up wickets and control the run flow in the powerplay and death overs.
CSK vs MI Head-to-Head
The two IPL heavyweights have met 35 times. MI holds the advantage with 20 wins, while CSK grabbed 15 victories. In the lone fixture between two teams in IPL 2023, CSK grabbed a comfortable win thanks to a three-wicket haul from Ravindra Jadeja and Ajinkya Rahane’s half-century.
CSK vs MI Last Five Meetings
CSK & MI IPL 2023 Stats
- Top Run-scorer: Devon Conway – 414 runs (CSK); Ishan Kishan – 286 runs (MI)
- Most Wickets: Tushar Deshpande – 17 wickets (CSK); Piyush Chawla – 15 wickets (MI)
- Most Sixes: Shivam Dube – 21 sixes (CSK); Tilak Varma – 18 sixes (MI)
CSK vs MI – Who Will Win?
CSK will be eyeing revenge for the crushing defeat suffered at Wankhede Stadium. Both sides have a strong batting line-up. With CSK having a quality spin attack, the four-time champions have the edge over IPL’s most successful side.