The IPL 2022 has been so unpredictable, that we will be seeing the IPL royalty compete against each other to avoid the wooden spoon, as the Mumbai Indians face the Chennai Super Kings in a game that sees both sides playing for nothing but pride. It speaks volumes over how poor their seasons have been, that you would have been forgiven for forgetting that these sides have a combined 9 IPL titles between them. However, the cricket played by them so far has been really poor.
Such has been the fall from grace between the two sides, but this still did not stop both these teams from playing a last-over thriller the last time these two sides met. MS Dhoni triumphed in that match with the cricket bat. If both these dies put up a similar show for the fans even this time around, we would be more than happy, because this game is nothing but a dead rubber between the two sides.
After a minor resurgence that saw them rack up successive wins, the Mumbai boys were brought crashing back to earth by the team they normally have the rubber over. Kolkata absolutely clobbered them into submission, which makes you identify how woeful this season has been for Mumbai when the team who you have dominated season after season has done the double over you.
With Suryakumar Yadav out of the IPL, the batting order has become even more imbalanced, and that poses an additional burden on the Mumbai batters to produce the goods, which is not something they have been doing a lot this year. However, their bowling has risen up to the occasion in the last few games, and that could be a massive factor in this game.
Chennai Super Kings
The Super Kings are just about hanging on to that hope of the playoffs by the skin of their teeth, but deep down even they know that this is a task too big even for the great Dhoni to overtake. While they have been performing well as a unit over the past few weeks, there will be questions asked about why Conway was not given enough opportunities earlier on in the tournament.
With the form that he is displaying currently, surely he could have been given enough opportunities earlier on. They have the form, and the squad, however, the absence of Jadeja, who has been ruled out of the tournament, will pose a separate question. How they tackle that will be interesting to see.
The two champion sides have faced off against each other 33 times in the IPL ever since the inception of the marquee tournament in 2008 and it is Mumbai who has the upper hand having registered 19 victories with Chennai managing to come out on top on the other 14 occasions.
Between the two sides, it is very clear that Chennai has the better momentum among the two, due to the fact they have had much better performances across the team, unlike the Mumbai Indians, who have relied on individual performances. Expect Chennai to be the favorites in this fixture
Date and Time
12th May 2022 (Thursday) at 7:30 pm
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai