IPL-8 is in the knockout stage and today top 2 teams of season Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians are going to meet each other in the first qualifier. Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium will be hosting the 1st qualifier match from 20:00 IST. CSK team secured the top position in points table whereas beating Sunrisers Hyderabad in previous match Mumbai earned 2nd place.
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Head to Head
CSK 10:10 MI
The only team has given tough challenge to Chennai Super Kings in history of Indian Premier League, it’s only Mumbai Indians. Both clubs have met 20 times in IPL eight editions and both sides succeed to beat each other on 10-10 occasions each. This year also teams have got 1-1 record against each other. So it will be interesting to watch out who will win today.
Winner of today’s qualifier will enter in IPL 2015 final whereas loser has still got one more chance to qualify in the final by winning second qualifier.
Chennai Super Kings have successfully played playoffs of all IPL seasons and won trophy on 2 occasions. Dhoni’ men will be eyeing to clinch one more trophy this year but for it they have to face confident and inform Mumbai Indians who have come in the tournament from the back. Mumbai lost their first 4 matches of IPL 8 but they’ve played some brilliant cricket in the edition to get second spot in the points table.
The good thing for Mumbai Indians is that CSK’s most destructive and inform batsman Brendon McCullum will not be available for today’s qualifier clash as he has moved to international duties. So it’s a big relief for Mumbai camp that McCullum will not be available today and they have got golden opportunity to take early wickets of Chennai.
CSK has been depending a lot on openers Smith and McCullum but McCullum’s exit from tournament has weakened a bit the Chennai batting lineup. Michael Hussey played only last game in this year’s IPL in which he scored just 1 run. So will be interesting to watch how Chennai scores run against quality Mumbai bowling.
Lasith Malinga, Mitchell McClenaghan and Harbhajan Singh are bowling very good these days and won’t be easy for CSK batsmen to hit these big guns of Mumbai. On the other hand MI’s batsmen have been clicking in the competition as the IPL 2015 is going to end. From opening to middle order and then lower order batsmen are scoring valuable runs in team’s total.
It is going to be a blockbuster qualifier-1 match tonight at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians.
Mumbai Indians are playing at home and their current form suggests they will be favorite to win today and as per Sports Mirchi predictions they have 65 percent win chances over CSK.