On Saturday, the reigning champions Mumbai Indians will face the table-topping Chennai Super Kings at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi in Match 27 of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021).
After a lackluster season the previous year, the Chennai Super Kings are home in IPL 2021 with a boom. CSK already leads the table with five wins in six rounds. While Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad have led the way at the top of the lineup, their batting strength and balance have been highlighted, with Ravindra Jadeja delivering in the final minutes of the game. While MS Dhoni’s batsman-ship has been a source of worry, the Chennai Super Kings have fared well thanks to their bowling team. As Chennai looks to prolong their undefeated run in the IPL 2021, the burden will be on Deepak Chahar to lay the groundwork with a few fast wickets in the powerplay overs.
They will, however, face a Mumbai Indians squad that is slowly and surely working its way into playoff race. MI cruised to victory against the Rajasthan Royals in their first IPL 2021 game in Delhi after a challenging Chennai leg. On Saturday, however, they’ll have to be on their feet, particularly with their top half struggling for consistency. Both eyes will be on Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult, who haven’t taken as many wickets in IPL 2021 as they would have liked. On board, both teams are evenly balanced, but the Mumbai Indians could have the upper hand due to their recent success against the Chennai Super Kings. Nonetheless, an exciting matchup of perhaps the two best teams in IPL history awaits.
A strong game is expected at the Arun Jaitley Stadium on Saturday, as it has been in previous matches at the site. The bowlers will look to slow down the tempo as the game continues, so there won’t be much spin or swing on offer. Provided the dew factor in the second innings, both teams would choose to chase. At this location, 170-180 should be the norm, with wickets in hand being crucial to either side’s fate.