The second leg of the 14th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is all set to renew this Sunday with its ‘El Clasico’, Chennai Tremendous Kings versus Mumbai Indians. The final time the 2 groups confronted one another, Kieron Pollard’s scintillating present guided the defending champions to a four-wicket win in New Delhi and denied Chennai the highest spot within the factors desk.
Though in the identical season, the sport was performed 4 and a half months again earlier than Covid-19 fears introduced an abrupt halt to the season and suspended the league indefinitely. However in contrast to most different groups, these two former champions haven’t witnessed any change in personnel earlier than resumption, nevertheless, the host nation has been modified, to the UAE, with the match slated to be performed on the Dubai Worldwide Stadium. Forward of the blockbuster conflict, India TV takes a have a look at the energy and weaknesses of the 2 groups.
CHENNAI SUPER KINGS
Rank in factors desk: 2nd, with 10 factors – 5 wins, 2 losses; +1.263 NRR
Energy: Regardless of a forgettable 2020 season and the criticism that adopted, CSK being CSK, continued to again their gamers, and that certainly has labored wonders for them this season. One of many key components behind their early exit final season was their poor batting, however in 2021, they’ve emerged to be the most effective strikers of the ball. They’ve the most effective scoring charge each within the center overs (8.95 runs per over) and the demise (12.24), have hit probably the most sixes this season (62) and still have the most effective boundary charge (each 6.9 balls).
A very powerful addition and the one change made to their XI has been Moeen Ali, who has been ruling the roost within the center overs, scoring at a strike charge of 169.9. In the meantime, Ravindra Jadeja and Ambati Rayudu have helped CSK add these excellent ending touches within the demise overs.
One other issue that troubled CSK final season was their bowling, notably spinners. Based on CricViz, CSK spinners had a destructive bowling affect final season (-1.0), however Jadeja, Moeen and Imran Tahir collectively have made a powerful affect this season, choosing 13 wickets between themselves at an economic system charge of 6.27.
Heading into the second leg, Chennai may have a a lot stronger batting lineup that includes a renewed Shardul Thakur and Deepak Chahar on the tail finish to help Dwayne Bravo. Thakur was very good down the order within the current Check collection in England whereas Chahar scored an unbeaten 69 within the current ODI collection in Sri Lanka.
Space of concern: When general numbers are considered, Chennai have the most effective middle-order lineup (No.4 to 7) that scores at 9.44 runs per over and averages 34. However 66 per cent of these runs have been scored by Rayudu and Jadeja. The batting of captain MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina stays an enormous concern. Persevering with his poor kind from IPL 2020, Dhoni has scored solely 37 runs in 4 innings at a strike charge of 123.33 with simply 5 boundaries. Raina, who returned to CSK colors with a powerful 54 after lacking the final season, added solely 45 extra to his tally within the subsequent matches, scoring at a strike charge of 125.32.
Rank in factors desk: 4th, with 8 factors – 4 wins and three losses; +0.062 NRR
Energy: The defending champions struggled on the gradual and low pitches of Chennai, struggling three defeats in 5 video games on the venue, just for normalcy to renew in Delhi the place they received each their video games, together with their final recreation towards Chennai. Following the tough begin, Mumbai shall be completely happy to return to the UAE the place they capped off probably the most dominating title run.
One of many largest positives for Mumbai this season has been the affect of Rahul Chahar within the center overs the place he has picked 11 wickets (highest) at an economic system charge of seven.08, which features a four-wicket haul towards Kolkata Knight Riders and a three-fer towards Sunrisers Hyderabad throughout the section the place he single-handedly handed Mumbai the benefit within the tie.
Space of concern: One of many key components behind Mumbai Indian’s dominant win final season was their bowling with the brand new ball, with Trent Boult alone choosing 16 wickets throughout the powerplay. However this season, Mumbai have picked solely 4 wickets throughout the section, two of them by pacers at a strike charge of 99.
In 2020, Mumbai had been phenomenal within the demise overs, hanging at 12.08 runs per over with a boundary each 3.4 deliveries, the most effective figures by any crew throughout the section in any season. This season, it has plummetted to eight.18 runs per over with a boundary each 5.7 balls, the worst for any crew this season. Pollard did handle to bounce again throughout his 34-ball knock of 87*, however the batting of the Pandya brothers stays a matter of concern. Whereas Hardik has scored solely 52 off 44 at a strike charge of 118.2 this season, Krunal has managed 100 off 76 at 131.6 SR.
Ishan Kishan’s batting too has been poor this season. After a memorable 2020 the place he scored 516 runs at a strike charge of 145.8, Ishan managed solely 73 off 88 runs in 5 matches earlier than he was dropped when Mumbai Indians shifted base to Delhi.