CSK vs MI: Pitch report and statistical preview
Struggling Mumbai Indians will be up against table toppers Chennai Super Kings tonight. The game in Pune is 'almost' a must-win scenario for Mumbai Indians, given they have won just one out of six matches. However, beating in-form Chennai will be a tough task for Rohit Sharma and Co. Here is the pitch-report and statistical analysis of the match.
Pitch likely to favor the batsmen
It could be runs showering in Pune with the pitch favoring the batsmen. The last two games saw 180+ runs being scored and CSK go into the game as favourites. Pacers will get some assistance and sticking to the basics and executing the game-plan could help them get wickets. The conditions would be perfect for an evening match.
Focus on Rohit Sharma's troops
Can the MI skipper galvanize his troops to get them going against mighty CSK? This will be the prime focus of the match. Rohit's MI have bowled well but it is the batting that has disappointed the fans. Rohit, himself, hasn't been in form and needs to play a captain's knock. Mumbai would be hoping for a change of fortune in Pune.
Stopping Rayudu the target for MI
Former MI batsman Ambati Rayudu could serve the perfect tonic to his old side and he has been in dream form with the bat for CSK. He is currently the Orange Cap holder with 283 runs. MI's bowlers need to step up to stop him.
Stat analysis - CSK vs MI
Jasprit Bumrah has enjoyed his time against premier batsmen Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni, dismissing them twice and thrice respectively. Rohit Sharma could become the first Asian to hit 300 sixes in T20 cricket. He needs three maximums to do so. CSK have enjoyed the death overs in IPL 2018, scoring at a run-rate of 12.65. CSK had defeated MI earlier this season.