CSK vs MI: How did MS Dhoni's Chennai and Rohit Sharma's Mumbai perform in the first leg of the IPL 2021?

CSK Vs MI:- IPL 2021

On Sunday, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will face Mumbai Indians (MI) as the wait for the resumption of the Indian Premier League in 2021 comes to a close (September 19). The season is back after being postponed in May of this year because to COVID-19 cases in numerous franchises' squads.

The Mumbai Indians, who are also the defending champions and are currently fourth in the table, will be looking to get off to a winning start against the high-flying CSK, who are currently second with ten points. Both teams played each other in their final encounter of the season before it was suspended. Kieron Pollard's excellent all-round performance was the difference, as he claimed two wickets and led the MI to a four-wicket victory with a scintillating 87-run unbeaten effort in just 34 balls.

Let's take a look at how CSK and MI performed in the first phase as the two teams ready to resume the 2021 edition of the tournament.

Chennai Super Kings

Currently, it is in second place with 5 victories and 2 defeats. MS Dhoni's CSK have made an outstanding recovery this year after having their worst-ever season in the Indian Premier League history in 2020 (7th place finish). With a win over Mumbai Indians, the team has a chance to jump to the top of the table, as the current leaders, Delhi Capitals, have played an extra game and are even on points with the Super Kings.

After losing a game to the Delhi Capitals, the Chennai Super Kings embarked on a five-match winning streak in the first leg, thanks to the comeback of their star batsman Suresh Raina and a change in the batting order that saw Moeen Ali step in at number three.

Before falling to Rohit Sharma's MI, the CSK defeated Punjab Kings (by 6 wickets), Rajasthan Royals (by 45 runs), Kolkata Knight Riders (by 18 runs), Royal Challengers Bangalore (by 69 runs), and Sunrisers Hyderabad (by 7 wickets).

Mumbai Indians

It is in 4th place at the moment with  4 victories and  3 defeats.

MI's title defence began with a two-wicket defeat against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL 2021 opener. Rohit Sharma's team has been mainly inconsistent, with three losses (against RCB, Delhi Capitals, and Punjab Kings). However, they finished the first leg on a high note, with two consecutive triumphs over Rajasthan Royals (by 7 wickets) and CSK (by 4 wickets).

When they play the Super Kings again on Sunday, the five-time IPL champions will take strength from their amazing victory over MS Dhoni's team. In pursuit of a 219-run goal, captain Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock put on a 71-run partnership within only 7.4 overs before Krunal Pandya (32) took over at number four. On the final delivery of the match, Kieron Pollard's blitzkrieg (87 off 34 deliveries) guided MI to victory.

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