It’s unfathomable what has happened to Mumbai Indians this season. No one would have thought that they’d be pointless six matches into the new season. Yet, here we are.
It would be an understatement to say that the mega auction wasn’t too kind for the Mumbai franchise.
While they have problems in most areas, perhaps bowling has been their biggest headache. Mumbai bowlers have leaked runs at an economy rate of 9.6 runs per over. They rely so much on Jasprit Bumrah that their opponents are content on seeing off his overs while all hell breaks loose against others. With risk taking at a minimal against Bumrah, his own haul has been limited to just four wickets all season.
This is as must-win a game as any for Mumbai. Another defeat would almost completely shut the door of qualification on them.
Chennai Super Kings
On points table, Chennai sit just a spot above Mumbai and have at least openers their account. But that could be a tad misleading as they are not playing as badly as their fellow fallen giants.
They beat Royal Challengers Bangalore last week – their first win of the season after four straight defeats – and then their defeat in the last game to Gujarat Titans was sealed in the final over.
It does not mean they can afford another defeat but at least they have slightly more room for error than Mumbai.
CSK will be without their Kiwi import Devon Conway who has left for South Africa for personal reasons but will be back in a few days.