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IPL 3 Preview: Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians

April 6, 2010

Sachin returns to one of his favorite grounds in the world, a place packed with a lot of memories for him, both good and bad. I remember singing Happy Birthday Sachin with hundreds of other fans while trooping out of the Chepauk having watched CSK beat MI in their first ever meeting during IPL 1. Chennai loves him.

The Mumbai Indians will be looking for their sixth straight win, a series which included a successful chase of 181 against Chennai, to seal their spot in the semi finals. Chennai are looking for their third straight win in the revival of their 2010 campaign after having lost 4 games in a row at a point.

Mumbai’s bowling, well balanced and firing at the moment is the best in the tournament but Chennai is the only team to have done well against MI this year. They are the only team to have lost not more than 2 wickets against Mumbai and they managed to post 181. The bowling gave Mumbai at best a few anxious moments during the chase which MI managed to complete with 5 wickets in hand.

CSK’s batsmen have been dominating and Mumbai’s smart. The bowling has been the difference between the two sides as CSK’s have struggled to contain leave alone take wickets. They’ve covered their lacking in the bowling department with Doug Bollinger who’s been a revelation in the one match he played; he showed them what they were missing in their bowling as well as in their boundary fielding.

Also, they’ve played out this bowling attack well too. Is it time for the law of averages to catch up with Mumbai? Or will Mumbai’s settle this contest with the clinical finishes that TA Sekhar seems to have brought with him from Delhi?

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