The Indian Playerzpot League 2023 brings you high-voltage cricket action in the game between the 4-time winner Chennai team and the 5-time champions Mumbai side. This is one of the pulsating fixtures in the tournament’s history because of the history and the fan following of these two teams. Mumbai have been a late bloomer in this edition of the T20 League while Chennai has somewhat lost its winning habit on a run of 3 winless games.
Needless to say, both teams are hungry for points and will be eager to get a positive result. Chennai’s game against Lucknow was washed out due to rain and thus had to settle with a point. The Mumbai team is in search of a third win in a row finding their feet in the tournament after a shaky start. Chennai is 3rd in the league table standings but Mumbai is just a point behind them in 6th place, a win would see them topple Chennai from the top 4 places.
Players to watch out for
S. Yadav (Mumbai)
Perhaps the best thing that has happened to the Mumbai team is the return of form for S. Yadav. They have been struggling to stitch any sort of partnerships in the middle-order batting and perhaps Yadav’s shortcomings had a big part to play in this. With back-to-back-half centuries in the last two wins, the results show just how impactful is the unorthodox batter for Mumbai. 66 of 31 deliveries, he was in his element against Punjab, perhaps he is the most unpredictable batter with a wide variety of selections under his armory.
I. Kishan (Mumbai)
Mumbai is known to have one of the best possible opening pair of batters to start their batting but the planning has just not materialized for them this season. With captain R. Sharma having a bleak tournament with the bat, the onus then rests on I. Kishan to take charge. In the last two games, he has scored more than 100 runs, and his knock of 75 runs in the win against Punjab is just the sort of innings expected of him. This could be a turning moment for the young Indian batter and he could further elevate his form in the game against Chennai.
P. Chawla (Mumbai)
Despite his age, P. Chawla’s edition to the Mumbai team underlines the fact that how below par their bowling attack is. He is Mumbai’s leading wicket-taker with 15 wickets to his name and on occasions has been the only source of breakthrough wickets. Despite his age, he outwits the opposition’s batter with his variations and that is exactly what Mumbai will be banking on him for in the game against Chennai.
M. Pathirana (Mumbai)
The Sri Lankan young pacer is one of the finds of the tournament, his bowling action is similar to that of the great L. Malinga with the swing of the side arm and lethal pace, Pathirana is now starting to do some real damage with the ball. In the game, in which he has been featured, there is an upward graph in terms of efficiency and character. If not the for the rain, he might have picked more wickets in the game against Lucknow. Regardless of his age, the team has full faith in his ability and talent, which is visible in his selection of the death bowling option.
D. Conway (Chennai)
D. Conway has been firing on all cylinders this season for Chennai this season. Despite the recent run of losses, he has been delivering his heavy blows to the opposition. With 414 runs so far he is amongst the leading run-getter this season and contender to win the Orange Cap. Chennai certainly will have to back him up in terms of holding firm on their wickets and providing him with a platform where he can unleash his raw power.
Predicted Playing X1:
Chennai – R. Gaikwad, D. Conway, A. Rahane, M. Ali, S. Dube, R. Jadeja, MS Dhoni [C, WK], D. Chahar, M. Pathirana, T. Deshpande, M. Theekshana
Mumbai – R. Sharma [C], I. Kishan [WK], C. Green, S. Yadav, T. David, T. Varma, A. Khan, P. Chawla, K. Kartikeya, J. Archer, A. Madhwal
Fantasy Playing X1 Top Picks
Wicketkeeper – MS Dhoni
Batters – D. Conway, S. Yadav [C], T. David, I. Kishan
All-rounders – R. Jadeja [VC], D. Chahar
Bolwers – P. Chawla, J. Archer, T. Deshpande, M. Pathirana
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