Another low score encounter witnessed other night between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings where Mumbai Indians registered a comfortable victory in the Qualifier 1, and got the direct reservation for the Final’s in Hyderabad, whereas Chennai Super Kings will get another chance to gather their strength and put best to the show against the winner of Eliminator 1 which is going to be played between Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad.

CSK won the toss in the prime encounter and choose to bat, CSK to revamp their records against MI in Chennai hoped to set a big total on the slow pitch but found it difficult to decode the MI’s Spin Attack and CSK just managed to put a total a 131 on board despite losing just 4 wickets. But this target was possible only because of another sensible knock from the skipper and Ambati Rayadu. For MI the young boy from Rajasthan-Rahul Chahar did the job by providing early breakthrough and entangled CSK with his leg spin and took 2 wickets in 4 overs by giving just 14 runs.

MI also had a horrible start as they lost both their openers early without even scoring in double digits, but once again Suryakumar in front of CSK took the responsibility to sail ahead along with Ishan Kishan to an easy win and played a fearless knock of 71 in 54 balls and got Man of the Match award for the same in this crucial match.

Though it was an important match to win, but still MI has to focus on some key red flag areas, and obviously CSK  has the same task to do, if the teams want to seal their 4th IPL title.

Red Flag Areas:

CSK:

  • It’s high time for CSK now, as Shane Watson again had a poor outing with bat and also with the hands as he dropped a catch too.
  • Pace Bowling- Right now CSK is playing with just one full time fast bowling option and they are relying too much on their Spin Attack which even failed yesterday to take wickets.

MI:

  • The first being the performance of the skipper who has failed on majority of the occasions in this season of IPL
  • Middle Muddle- MI has failed to find a proper substitute at no. 4 throughout the tournament and even their key all-rounder Krunal Pandya who has done good with the ball has failed to deliver it with the bat this time and team management need to remind him that he is having the responsibility of providing stability in middle order.