The 49th match of the Indian Premier League 2023 will feature two powerhouse teams, the Chennai Super Kings and the Mumbai Indians, competing at the M Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. This is the second time the teams will face off in the 16th season of the IPL. The previous match took place at the Wankhede Stadium where CSK emerged victorious by 7 wickets, leaving Mumbai with a desire for revenge. However, Mumbai will find it challenging to defeat the home team in Chennai.
Both teams have a remarkable record of winning the IPL championship. Mumbai has clinched the title four times, while CSK has secured the trophy on four occasions as well. Therefore, when the teams take the field, an intense battle can be anticipated. Before that, it is essential to understand the pitch conditions and weather at the Chepauk stadium.
The Chepauk ground favors spin bowlers, making it challenging for the batting side. However, scoring runs is not difficult, leading to an exciting contest between batsmen and bowlers. Historically, the team batting first has an advantage, with the average score being 163 runs. Hence, winning the toss may provide an edge to the team that decides to bat first.
The match between CSK and Mumbai is scheduled for the afternoon, with the weather forecast predicting cloudy skies throughout the day. There is a possibility of morning rain, which may disrupt the game. The maximum temperature is expected to reach 32 degrees Celsius, while the minimum temperature may be around 30 degrees Celsius.
Here are the possible playing 11 for Chennai: Devon Conway, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ajinkya Rahane, Shivam Dube, Moeen Ali, MS Dhoni (C&WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Santner/Mahesh Thikshana, Deepak Chahar, Mathisha Pathirana, and Tushar Deshpande.
Here are the possible playing 11 for Mumbai: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Ishan Kishan (Wicket-keeper), Cameron Green, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Verma, Tim David, Nehal Wadhera, Hrithik Shokeen, Jofra Archer, Piyush Chawla, and Akash Madhwal.