7.10pm The final time CSK beat Mumbai batting first within the IPL was manner again within the 2013 qualifier in Delhi, notes stats whiz Gaurav Sundararaman
CSK: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (capt&wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, Lungi Ngidi, Deepak Chahar
MI: Rohit Sharma (capt), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Jimmy Neesham, Rahul Chahar, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult
7pm MI win the toss and select to bowl
Rohit: It seems like a superb pitch and we have performed right here. Again, [we’ve] made some tactical modifications – Dhawal Kulkarni instead of Nathan Coulter-Nile, and Jimmy Neesham instead of Jayant Yadav. The guys love taking part in the massive video games and you may decide your character in huge video games.
Dhoni: We had been trying to subject first additionally. The pitch has been surprisingly good. The wicket was bought higher for batting within the second half; it has been good at first too. We’re taking part in the identical aspect.
6.50pm It’s time to #UnleashtheNeesh. The NZ allrounder will get his maiden Mumbai cap from Shane Bond. Trent Boult, too, has an enormous smile on his face. Does that imply each Kishan and Coulter-Nile are out? We will quickly discover out on the toss in 10 minutes.
Manu Ajmani: “Why should Thakur be dropped? What confidence does it give to the players? Just because of a few times he went for runs? If that is the case, Cummins, Arshdeep, Harshal, Rabada and everyone else should be dropped too because they also have had at least a couple of bad performances? Can’t keep dropping people because of a few below par performances! MSD won’t let that happen anyway!”
Gnana: “Leaving Tahir and Bravo leads to two questions to address.. 1. Who will bowl in the death overs? 2. What will take wickets in the middle overs. Hence I would like the return of both the players in the CSK XI”
6.40pm Banner day for Raina. He’s gearing up to play his 200th IPL match. Kohli has additionally featured in 199 IPL video games. Only, Dhoni, Rohit and Karthik have performed extra IPL matches. Not to dangerous time to revisit this stunning assault from Raina: the one contribution in a dropping trigger to make ESPNcricinfo’s listing of the best IPL performances.
Sakshi Vasudeva: “Sincerely hoping that MSD sees some ‘spark’ in the likes of Reddy and Sai Kishore to give them a chance in place of Thakur, who perhaps needs a break for 1/2 matches!”
Mustafa Moudi : “Couldnt have a Better Day than this for an El Classico as Thala Ajith Celebrates his 50th Birthday today !!” — Ha! My colleague Anuj Vignesh, a die-hard Thala Ajith fan, will likely be proud.
Okay. Gopikumar: “My gut feeling says it will be a easy win for CSK.Players to watch are: Moeen Ali, Jadeja and Sam C”
Kumar: “@Suman. Hehe. Vaipilla Raja!!!”
RajatMaheshwari: “This is a very high-voltage match as always! With both teams having won their last match rather comfortably, this should be a clash to watch out for! Still thinks CSK lacks a decent bowling option at death! They were given a scare by KKRs (Russell, DK and Cummins) in one of the matches! This could be the difference between the two sides! Go well SKY!”
Suman: “I hope Thakur is dropped. Gowtham or Harishankar Reddy should be given a go. They won’t do anything worser than Thakur and both are decent hitters of the ball too. “
Ameer : “I assume it’s going to be an easy win for Mumbai to rejuvenate their campaign. CSK no matter what their form is always finds it to difficult beat MI. I guess today’s match will bring out lot of pondering for CSK.”
Samrat Ahuja: “Knowing MSD and his inertia towards making changes in winning 11, wonder how would the likes of Sai Kishore and Reddy be feeling at time of auctions! Getting selected for one of the biggest franchises of IPL, but hardly getting a look into the side!”
6.35pm CSK’s Mumbai boy Shardul Thakur and Mumbai Indian Hardik Pandya alternate hugs and smiles. Faf du Plessis, in the meantime, is having a success on the warm-ups. Jason Behrendorff, who’s out of quarantine and accessible for choice, catches up with Coulter-Nile.
Afsal: “I want NCN to continue. He can bounce out batsmen like Raina, Moeen and Rayudu who got weakness against good bouncers. Neesham will make the bowling weak. “
SAMRAT AHUJA: “Chahar brothers are criminally under-rated! Both have been silent consistent performers for their respective franchises. Should be in reckoning for spots for national squad for World T20, IMHO!”
Sriram: “Reg. DJ Bravo vs Kieron Pollard – I love Bravo but I would want Ngidi to continue today as his economy has been really good!!”
Samrat Ahuja: “Neesham for NCN, Will that make sense? Will provide cushion to batting, but would have to entrust the likes of Krunal, Neesham , and Pollard to complete the 5th bowler quota!”
Mustafa Moudi : “From Bhajji to Sachin to Punter to Rohit to Pollard (in 2020), MSD has faced All MI Skippers in last 12 Seasons while leading CSK in all but one Clash (when he was down with Fever at Chennai in 2019). Many others captains come and go, but MS Dhoni has always stayed!!”
6.30pm After a horror 2020 season, the Super Kings have hit the bottom working this season. Aakash Chopra notes how Dhoni has been central to the exceptional turnaround
Arun: “This is the rivalry that IPL fans have been waiting for.”
6.20pm Will Mumbai recall Ishan Kishan or will they persist with Nathan Coulter-Nile and use his hit-the-deck bustle as a match-up towards Raina and Moeen? Take a gander at Hemant Brar’s preview
RAJKUMARNV: “What is the longest winning streak in T20 history?” — 25: Sialkot Stallions hold that record
BRohit: “Considering the current form and fitness, it isn’t Jadeja vs Hardik, it is Jadeja vs Krunal. Hardik hasn’t done too much with the bat and he isn’t even bowling anymore.. I’d even say it’s high time Neesham deserves a chance as a finisher and all-rounder.”
Shubh: “Let the El Classico begin!”
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6.15pm Hello and welcome to ESPNcricinfo’s reside ball-by-ball protection of match 27 in IPL 2021. Thala vs Hitman. Ravindra Jadeja vs Hardik Pandya. Deepak Chahar vs Rahul Chahar. Chinna Thala vs Suryakumar Yadav. DJ Bravo vs Kieron Pollard. Faf du Plessis vs Quinton de Kock. Three-time champions Chennai Super Kings v five-time champions Mumbai Indians.
MS Dhoni’s males are perched on the prime of the standings, having adopted 4 successive wins in Mumbai with one other thumping victory, towards SRH, in Delhi. Rohit and co. could not fairly crack the Chepauk code, however they’re again to successful methods, having brushed the Rajasthan Royals apart to kickstart their Delhi leg. Can they snap CSK’s successful streak this night?