IPL 8 Qualifier 1 Match Preview: CSK vs MI, the battle of Goliaths




Basking in the glory of their latest success by reaching to the second spot in the IPL points table, Mumbai Indians (MI) will face an uphill task to challenge the highly disciplined Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai later this evening.

Preview: IPL 2015 Qualifier 1: Chennai Super Kings Vs Mumbai Indians

Preview: IPL 2015 Qualifier 1: Chennai Super Kings Vs Mumbai Indians

It is the 8th consecutive time that CSK make it to the play-offs or final four of the tournament. It’s a Goliath Vs Goliath battle as both teams are highly efficient in their own respect. These two giants of domestic T-20 have faced each other in 22 clashes with both teams winning 11-11 each. You just can’t exclaim which way the match would swing until the last delivery of the match is bowled.

Mumbai’s journey in the ongoing Indian Premier League is nothing short of a miracle. At one stage they were languishing at the bottom of the table due to their repeated defeats in the early part of this tournament, but the way they made a comeback in the last few matches is really astonishing. In the last league match between MI and CSK, the former successfully defeated Dhoni in Chennai, where they don’t lose too many matches often.

 

The Winning Mantra

It is not semi-final but play-offs; even if either of the team loses the match, they would still have another chance at their hands to qualify for IPL final. And the one who wins the match will get into the gala final straightaway.

Cricket experts feel that twenty-twenty cricket is not all about hitting sixes and fours. It’s basically a mind game to the core. Skippers know this fact very well. Irrespective of the situation of the match; a player has to stay calm and cool. While batting, batsmen will have to rotate the strike when boundaries are not easily available. Similarly, bowlers will have to bowl in perfect line and length on a consistent basis to keep the opponent at check. If you are not getting wickets, then don’t give more runs either.

Amid huge excitement one thing is sure that this IPL clash is gonna be a cracker. Both teams have quality players in their sides and they will try their best to win this one. Lots will depend upon the performance of fast bowlers as they provide the initial breakthrough. It would be Ashish Nehra’s consistency versus Lendl Simmons’s batting or Malinga’s Yorker versus the explosive Dwayne Smith. In one word, a magnificent match awaits and don’t miss it.

 

The Final Eleven of Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Harbhajan Singh, Parthiv Patel (WK), Ambati Rayudu, Lendl Simmons, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Jagdeesha Suchith, Lasith Malinga, Mitchell McClenaghan and Vinay Kumar.

Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (Captain & WK), Ashish Nehra, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravishchandra Ashwin, Suresh Raina, Pawan Negi, Dwayne Bravo, Dwayne Smith, Michael Hussey, Mohit Sharma and Faf du Plessis.

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Atish Home Chowdhury is a freelance writer. sports are inseparable from him. He especially loves WWE, Cricket and other sports. It was long ago during his childhood he aimed to become a cricketer first but his creativity didn’t allow him to become a player. Instead he chose to be a sports journalist. This fulfills my aim both as a creative person as well as it keeps me inside the world of sports too.

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