IPL 2021 – CSK vs MI – Analytical Preview

CSK vs MI (Image source: Twitter)
CSK vs MI (Image source: Twitter)

The second half of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 is going to kick start with the match between rivals Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Mumbai Indians (MI). When these two teams face each  other, it’s always a blockbuster. In IPL 2021, CSK stands at 2nd position with 10 points and MI stands at 4th with 8 points. The strength of both these teams is their core group from many years. Since 2019, out of 7 matches played between them MI has dominated CSK by winning 6 matches. Also, MI won all 4 matches against CSK in 2019. Both the teams are having some legendary players.


Before going to the preview of this match, let’s look at some recent memories between these two teams.

IPL 2021

Rayudu’s Heroic Knock

Rayudu showed his blistering batting by scoring 72 runs in just 27 balls,  with strike rate of 266.67. This helped CSK to register their highest score of 218 against mighty MI.

Polly – The Finisher  

Though captain Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock gave a perfect start in powerplay overs by scoring 58 runs without losing wickets, MI lost 3 wickets in next 2 overs and the game moved to CSK’s hands. Then came the big hitter Kieron Pollard. Polly and Krunal Pandya joined hands and built a partnership. MI needed 66 of the last 5 overs and were the favourites to win the game. But in the 17th over Krunal Pandya lost his wicket. The game situation was very tense when MI needed 16 runs in the final over and Polly was on strike. Eventually Polly finished off in style in the last ball and recorded MI’s highest score of 219 against CSK.

IPL 2020

The Pace Power   

In the 41st game of IPL 2020 between CSK and MI, Bumrah and Boult troubled CSK from the very first over, which was a do or die game for CSK to qualify for the play offs. CSK were 3-3 in their first 2 overs. In Powerplay CSK managed to score just 24 runs and they lost 5 wickets. In the end MI won against CSK by 10 wickets resulting in the franchise’s worst defeat against MI.

IPL 2019 Final

Malinga The Saviour 

Can you think of defending 9 runs in the final over, that too in Finals?  Yes, Lasith Malinga did it, that too when in-form batsman Shane Watson was at the crease. In the final ball, CSK needed 2 runs to win and there came Malinga’s special slower yorker to trap Shardul Thakur. He was given out by the umpire, which meant MI won the IPL title for the fourth time.

In this preview, first let’s look at top 5 run getters and top 5 wicket takers of both CSK and MI.

Suresh Raina is top run scorer against MI with 706 runs, followed by CSK captain MS Dhoni with 586 runs. For CSK, Bravo has picked 25 wickets against MI, followed by Jadeja with 16 wickets.

MI Captain Rohit Sharma is the top run scorer against CSK with 661 runs, followed by Pollard with 554 runs. The legendary Malinga and Harbhajan Singh are top two wicket takers against CSK with 31 and 24 wickets respectively. From the current MI squad, Pollard has picked 14 wickets and Bumrah has picked 9 wickets against CSK.

Phase-wise numbers

In this section we can cover the overall performance of CSK and MI in every phase of play (Powerplay, Middle and Death Overs).

From the above analysis, MI has an upper hand in terms of runs scored in powerplay and middle overs with 1.4K and 2K runs. CSK is slightly ahead in death overs by scoring 1.4K runs, whereas MI has scored 1.3K runs. In terms of dismissals, CSK batsman has been dismissed 54 times in powerplay, whereas MI batsmen has been dismissed 33 times. In middle overs, both CSK and MI have been dismissed 75 times. In death overs MI batsmen dismissed 74 times, whereas CSK batsmen with 64 times. Number of four’s scored by CSK and MI is almost the same, where in scoring sixes MI tops all three phases.

As we have seen the overall analysis, let’s dive into some KPIs (Key Performance Indicator) like Runs Per Innings, Strike Rate, Balls Per Boundary and Balls Per Dismissal in every phase.

It is observed that for KPIs like Runs Per Innings and Strike Rate, MI is ahead of CSK in all the phases of play. Balls Per Boundary, for both the teams are almost the same. Balls Per Dismissal is high for MI in Powerplay with 35 and for CSK its 21. In death overs, CSK is slightly higher than MI for Balls Per Dismissals and in middle overs both the teams are almost equal.


Rohit Sharma vs Shardul Thakur

Though Rohit Sharma is having excellent Strike Rate against the bowlers like Sam Curran, Imran Tahir and Deepak Chahar, his strike rate is around 90 when Shardul Thakur bowls to him. So, it will be a good contest when these two players are in the middle.

Kieron Pollard vs Sam Curran

In recent matches, Pollard smashed CSK bowlers including Lungi Ngidi, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Dwayne Bravo and Imran Imran Tahir with strike rate above 160. Against CSK’s left arm fast bowler Sam Curran, his strike rate is below 100.

Faf Du Plessis vs Trent Boult

Faf is having some excellent records against pace bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah and Dhawal Kulkarni. On the contrary, he gets trapped by another pace bowler Trent Boult. This contest will be a good one, especially in the powerplay oovers

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