With just 1 day for the IPL 2021's second phase to commence, it will resume with two of the most successful franchises locking horns with each other.
Chennai Super Kings will lock horns with Mumbai Indians at the Dubai International Stadium, Dubai. Do you have any idea about their head-to-head record?
Well, today Cricwizz presents to you their h2h record and also an in-depth analysis of their last five meetings. When we talk about the overall h2h, Mumbai Indians lead the way with 19 wins and, while Chennai are up there with 12. Let's have a detailed look at their previous meetings.
1) CSK vs MI (May 1, 2021)
Their meeting in the first phase of this season's IPL was a nail-biting one. Mumbai Indians won the toss and elected to bowl first.
The match was played at the Arun Jaitley Stadium, New Delhi. After Ruturaj Gaikwad's early dismissal, Chennai Super Kings could've been in trouble but Faf du Plessis batted brilliantly with Moeen Ali as the two scored over 100 runs in less than 11 overs.
Then Du Plessis lost his wicket on a loose ball from Kieron Pollard, while Moeen Ali couldn't hold the ground too as Chennai were 116/4 in 12 overs. When Chennai's ship looked like it was sinking, Ambati Rayudu played a gem of an innings, firing 72 off just 27 balls with Ravindra Jadeja who held the other end, contributing 22 as Chennai registered 218 runs at the end of 20 overs.
Mumbai Indians had 219 to chase, and they started well with Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock putting up a partnership of 71 runs. However, wickets on the fourth deliveries of the 8th, 9th and the 10th over saw Mumbai going behind the game as they were 81/3 in 10 overs.
Mumbai Indians were also in the quest for a Rayudu-esque inning and who could pull it off? None other than Kieron Pollard. While Pollard kept smashing the balls out of the park, Krunal Pandya rotated the strike easing off some pressure from his shoulders.
In no time, Mumbai Indians were 170/3 but then Krunal Pandya lost his wicket in the 17th over, creating more drama into the game. However, a quickfire 22-run cameo put Mumbai Indians in the driver's seat, and after Faf Du Plessis dropped a vital catch of Pollard on the last bowl of the 18th over, keeping alive Mumbai's hopes in the game.
Mumbai needed 16 runs off the final over, Kieron Pollard finished the game after scoring nothing from the first ball, courtesy of some bizarre lengths bowled by Lungi Ngidi as Chennai suffered their first defeat of the 2021 season.
CSK: 0, MI: 1.
2) CSK vs MI (October 23, 2020)
This match was held at the Sharjah Cricket Ground and Mumbai Indians opted to chase after winning the toss. Chennai Super Kings had no answer to Mumbai's bowling attack as they were bundled up for just 114, courtesy of a vital 52 from Sam Curran. Trent Boult picked four wickets.
Mumbai Indians took their time and chased the total comfortably, with Ishan Kishan scoring an unbeaten 68, while Quinton de Kock scored 46.
The score now is CSK: 0 MI: 2
3) CSK VS MI (September 19, 2020)
It was the Sheikh Zayed Stadium on 19 September again, with Chennai winning the toss this time electing to bowl first. Mumbai Indians registered 162 runs on the board with the loss of nine wickets, with the highest scorers of the innings, Quinton de Kock and Saurabh Tiwary scoring 33 and 42 runs respectively.
Lungi Ngidi was the pick of the bowlers as he picked three wickets. Chennai had 163 to chase and they had a shambolic start, losing the opening pair for just six runs in three overs.
However, Faf du Plessis and Ambati Rayudu built a solid partnership of 115 runs before Rayudu was dismissed for 71. Faf du Plessis continued to keep the scoreboard ticking, while Jadeja and Sam Curran contributed some vital runs, helping Faf to take CSK over the line with four bowls to spare. So what's the score?
CSK: 1 MI: 2
4) CSK VS MI (May 12, 2019)
It was 2019 IPL final and the two biggest IPL franchises were set to play it out. Both the teams were fighting for their fourth IPL title.
The match venue was the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad, and Mumbai Indians were batting first after winning the toss.
The Chennai Super Kings bowlers did a great job, restricting Mumbai to only 149 runs. Deepak Chahar picked 3/26, while Shardul Thakur and Imran Tahir picked a couple each.
Mumbai had only 150 runs to chase but what they had to face was a solid Mumbai Indians bowling. Mumbai had a decent start as they got rid of Faf du Plessis in the fourth over. Shane Watson was looking in fine form and he was hitting the balls well. However, Suresh Raina was dismissed earlier than anticipated for just eight runs, and then Chennai were frozen in the middle.
Wickets kept falling as Rayudu lost his wicket in the next over after Raina's wicket, and Chennai were 73/3. While the CSK fans hoped for something big from their Thala, MS Dhoni got out in a fashion you rarely see him.
A controversial run-out and Chennai were under tremendous pressure, with all the pressure saturating towards Watson who needed support from the other end to express himself.
Dwayne Bravo held the innings for a while as Watson kept freezing arms, carrying Chennai's title hopes single-handedly but Bravo's wicket got them under more pressure.
After thrashing Lasith Malinga in the 16th over, followed by dismantling Krunal Pandya's confidence in the 18th, Chennai were back in the game. However, Jasprit Bumrah's last over and the penultimate over of the innings was a spectacular one, with Bumrah leaving nine runs for Malinga to defend.
With Watson on the crease, the match could've been in CSK's favor but tired legs and a bleeding injury led to Watson's run out, and Lasith Malinga saved the game at the last minute by bowling the most accurate slower delivery to hit Shardul Thakur on the pads as Chennai failed to score 2 off the last bowl. Even a single could've extended the game to a super over, but a wicket on the last ball led Mumbai Indians to win their fourth IPL title beating the defending champions.
The score is CSK: 1 MI: 3
5) CSK vs MI (May 7, 2019)
This was qualifier 1 of the 2019 IPL. The match was played at M.A Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai. Chennai had won the toss and elected to bat first.
Chennai registered only 131 on the board, while Mumbai Indians managed to come out of a poor start, courtesy of Suryakumar Yadav who scored an unbeaten 71, with Ishan Kishan's support as the youngsters scored 28.
Mumbai won the match by six wickets and advanced to the final, while Chennai were dropped to play the qualifier 2.
Score: CSK: 1 MI: 4
So considering the head-to-head record, Mumbai Indians are ahead comfortably but the last time the two sides met on September 19 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, it was Dhoni's men who prevailed. What do you think?
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