MI Vs CSK, IPL 2024: Wankhede Stadium Is Ready For The Greatest IPL Rivalry

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Match #29, MI Vs CSK, IPL 2024, Despite Mumbai’s difficulties in away games and bowling, Hardik Pandya and Ruturaj Gaikwad will captain CSK-Mumbai in the IPL, a doubleheader at Wankhede Stadium.

MI Vs CSK, IPL 2024: Wankhede Stadium Is Ready For The Greatest IPL Rivalry
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CSK-Mumbai, the IPL’s most intense rivalry, will play a doubleheader at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday. Hardik Pandya and Ruturaj Gaikwad will captain the CSK-Mumbai game for the first time in almost a decade, replacing Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni. CSK has yet to win away from home this IPL season, and they will now travel to Mumbai and Lucknow before returning to Chepauk in 15 days. Mumbai has won two games in a row following three defeats, as a result of outstanding batting performances.

However, Mumbai’s bowling lineup has been costly, with Jasprit Bumrah the lone bowler to go for quite a bit of runs. CSK will also need to improve their bowling, as they struggled to take early wickets in their two away losses in Visakhapatnam and Hyderabad.

Team Watch: Mumbai Indian (MI)

In the spotlight

After taking five wickets against the RCB, Jasprit Bumrah has been outstanding at stopping the batsmen. At the Wankhede, he has taken 7 of his 10 wickets at an economy rate of 5.75, making him the only Mumbai player with an economy rate below 6 this IPL. Mumbai will once again rely on Bumrah, the team’s most seasoned fast bowler, to silence CSK in an otherwise ineffective bowling unit, particularly in the closing stages of the game.

Jasprit Bumrah is coming off a five-wicket haul against RCB and has been fantastic at controlling the batsmen. He is the only Mumbai player with an economy rate below 6 in the IPL season, and he has taken 7 of his 10 wickets in three innings at the Wankhede, with an impressive economy rate of 5.75. Mumbai’s otherwise inefficient bowling line will once again rely on Bumrah, the most experienced fast bowler in the attack, to keep CSK quiet, particularly at the death.

Team news and impact player strategy

In their most recent game against Royal Challengers Bengaluru, Mumbai chose to replace Piyush Chawla with Shreyas Gopal on a similar basis. Suryakumar, who is fit and firing, might be deployed as an impact player instead of Akash Madhwal, a fast bowler.

Injury and availability

MI has a clean slate for the fitness report

Tactics and Match-ups

Shreyas Gopal should replace Piyush Chawla, although MI may aim to bring in Jasprit Bumrah for Shivam Dube, the CSK batsman who has been in excellent form. He may be lethal against spinners, and Bumrah, who is also in fantastic form, could be the only MI player capable of stopping him.

Probable XI

Ishan Kishan (wk), Rohit Sharma, Gerald Coetzee, Akash Madhwal, Tim David, Mohammad Nabi, Shreyas Gopal, and Jasprit Bumrah. Yadav Suryakumar, Impact Substitute

Team Watch: Chennai Super Kings (CSK)

In the spotlight

For CSK, Deepak Chahar’s performance in the powerplay will be critical to their success. He has performed admirably in the first six overs at the Wankhede Stadium, taking 10 wickets in 10 matches at an economy rate of 7.59. Chahar is also the only non-Mumbai Indians player to take double-digit wickets at Wankhede this season. With 4 wickets in 4 games this season, can Chahar compete against Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan, and Suryakumar Yadav?

Team news and impact player strategy

Matheesha Pathirana bowled briefly before CSK’s previous home game against the Kolkata Knight Riders but did not play as a precaution. Coach Stephen Fleming hopes to have his death-bowling specialist back for Sunday’s game or next Friday’s meeting with Luckow Super Giants. Mustafizur, who had to go for home to work on obtaining a US visa, returned to the XI at Chepauk, but Chahar had missed that encounter due to a niggle. He may return to the team against Mumbai if he is fit.

Injury and availability

There were no reported injuries, and all players are available, including Matheesha Pathirana, though the Sri Lankan pacer may not participate.

Tactics and Match-ups

Spinners aren’t having much of an impact at the Wankhede, so Ravindra Jadeja could be used minimally, most likely coming in early while MI power-players are in action.

Probable XI

Rachin Ravindra, Ajinkya Rahane, Daryl Mitchell, Sameer Rizvi, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni (wk), Shardul Thakur, Mustafizur Rahman, Tushar Deshpande, and Maheesh Theekshana are the players on the field with Ruturaj Gaikwad (c). Shivam Dube is the Impact Substitute.

Pitch and conditions

In the last match, Hardik Pandya described the venue as a “chasing ground”—the” team batting second won two of the three IPL games. After a low-scoring first game in which the Rajasthan Royals chased down 126, Wankhede has become a batting paradise, with 834 runs scored in the next two games. On Sunday, we should expect another high-scoring match. Pacers have typically used the surface to their advantage.

Did you know?

  • This will be the first IPL match between MI and CSK without Rohit or Dhoni helping either team.
  • Since 2023, Suryakumar Yadav has averaged over 60 at a S/R of 206.40 in Wankhede, but CSK has generally kept him quiet, with the batter managing just 2 fifties in 14 innings against them.

Stats that matter

  • Shivam Dube’s IPL strike rate has dropped as low as 111.97 in the Wankhede Stadium, his home field in domestic cricket.
  • CSK currently has the third-best death-overs economy rate (9.85) in the IPL 2024, while Mumbai has the third-worst rate (12.31).
  • Mumbai has bowled 173 dot balls, the second-lowest total for a side this season.
  • Kishan’s strike rate in the IPL is 182.95 thus far, his highest in any IPL season.


Mumbai Indians against Chennai Super Kings (IPL 2024), April 14, 19:30 IST


Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium



MI is ahead 7-4 at the Wankhede and has a better head-to-head record after 36 games. CSK won both the home and away games in the previous year.

What to expect

Given that dew will be a significant consideration, the captain who wins the toss will choose to chase. Like the previous two games played here, this one should be high-scoring due to the appearance of a pitch loaded with runs.

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