Chennai Super Kings
While things have improved a lot for Chennai Super Kings, they still haven’t managed to string together back-to-back wins. Their modus operandi of late has been to alternate victories with defeats.
In their last game, they demolished Delhi Capitals by 91 runs but the game before that they had copped a 13-run defeat at the hands of Royal Challengers Bangalore a game earlier.
They, however, do not have the luxury of oscillating between good and bad results anymore as the currently fourth-placed side already has 14 points to their 10. Thus, Chennai cannot afford even one slip-up now. It’s win or go home kind of situation for them now.
Mumbai Indians do not have any stakes left in this year’s competition, which can make them difficult opponents in certain situations as they can also play pressure-free cricket.
That said, any psychological fringe benefit of being prematurely knocked out was missing in their last game — a 52-run defeat at the hands of Kolkata Knight Riders where they were bundled out for a mere 113 in pursuit of a not-so gargantuan 166.
That defeat came despite a superb five-for by Jasprit Bumrah. Their batters were the culprits in that game, with no one apart from Ishan Kishan (51) doing anything of note.