Chennai and Mumbai will lock horns with each other at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on May 12. The two most successful teams are languishing have occupied the bottom two positions on the points table. The five-time winners are in the last spot while the defending champions are just above their rivals.
The Men In Blue are eliminated from the playoff race while the four-time winners are still in the hunt. The last time both teams played each in the ongoing season, MS Dhoni took his team over the line with a last-ball four. Chennai’s chances of making it into the playoffs are really low as they are dependent on other teams’ results and need to win their own games by huge margins.
Chennai:Â The team is coming off a 91-run win against Delhi. In that game, they came up with an all-around performance which they need in the upcoming game as well to have even a slight chance of qualifying for the playoffs. The team might go with an unchanged playing XI in the return fixture against their arch-rivals.
Devon Conway:Â The left-hander has hit three back-to-back fifties since his comeback to the team. He has been providing great starts alongside Ruturaj Gaikwad. He could be the key batter for the team in a highly anticipated game.
Maheesh Theekshana:Â The mystery spinner from Sri Lanka has been the strike bowler in the middle overs. His ability to keep the run flow in check has made him an asset for the team. He could be an important bowler in the next game.
Probable XI:Â Devon Conway, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Robin Uthappa, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Shivam Dube, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Dwayne Bravo, Maheesh Theekshana, Simarjeet Singh, Mukesh Choudhary
Mumbai:Â The team is coming off a disappointing 52-run loss against Kolkata. In that game, they bowled well with Jasprit Bumrah returning to form with a five-for. With the bat, apart from Ishan Kishan, no other batter could apply himself at the crease.
Suryakumar Yadav has been ruled out of the tournament. Ramandeep Singh took Yadav’s place in the last game. In the next game, the team can try Mayank Markande in place of Murugan Ashwin.
Jasprit Bumrah:Â After having a troubled time in the season, he took a fifer after only conceding 10 runs in four overs. He has the ability to run through batting line-ups with ease. With nothing to lose for the team in the tournament, he would be looking to delivery a few more match-winning performances.
Ishan Kishan:Â The most costly player of the season has had a tough time after the first two games. However, in the last few games, he showed glimpses of his return to form. He might come up with an impactful performance.
Probable XI:Â Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Ramandeep Singh, Tilak Varma, Kieron Pollard, Tim David, Daniel Sams, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah, Kumar Kartikeya, Riley Meredith
Venue:Â Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai
Time:Â 07:30 PM IST
Live Telecast:Â Star Sports Network and Disney+Hotstar
Pitch Report: The last game at the venue between Bangalore and Hyderabad saw the Faf du Plessis-led side scoring in excess of 190 runs. However, their opponents struggled in the second innings and found it difficult to play their shots as the pitch was slowing up. Expect both teams to prefer batting first after winning the toss in the upcoming game.