A Matter of Survival for Mumbai Indians

The much-awaited South Indian derby between Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore and MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings is all set to resume as they lock horns in the 24th Indian Premier League on Wednesday

Chennai are now standing at the top spot with 10 points, having clinched five victories out of six matches they have played so far.

Rohit Sharma will once again put his wits against MS Dhoni.

But CSK's success this season is a genuine team effort.

Dhoni remained not out on 70 runs and was well supported by Ambati Rayudu, who slammed four boundaries and eight sixes in his 53-ball 83 runs knock. The Chennai bowling, led by Shardul Thakur and complemented by Imran Tahir, Depak Chahar, has also clicked so far. Last time when they met each other, it was the opening match.

Lewis hit three fours and two sixes, and Sharma struck six fours and two sixes.

Saturday's game will be a must-win encounter for Mumbai if they want to survive in the tournament. When Rohit succeeds Mumbai play to win. His stellar run in the season is a big plus for the Chennai camp. That is a major concern.

And just against the run of play, Suryakumar Yadav pulls Harbhajan Singh straight Ravindra Jadeja at deep. The Super Kings lost their first wicket early in the game with Shane Watson perishing for just 12.

Not just the batters, but the Mumbai bowlers have also let the team down.

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Brief Scores: Chennai Super Kings 169/5 (Suresh Raina 75 not out; Ambati Rayudu 46; Mitchell McClenaghan 2/26) vs Mumbai Indians. The Chennai Super Kings are now placed at the top of the standings with five wins from 6 matches, while their opponent Mumbai Indians' numbers are just the opposite - five losses from six matches - and hence are placed at the other end of the table.

Mumbai Indians (170-2) followed the footsteps of Delhi Daredevils to break their losing streak as they beat table toppers Chennai Super Kings (169-5) by 8 wickets in yet another last over finish.

They might have started their journey together, but stand on opposite ends of the points table right now. Previous stats are a little misleading with no games between the sides before that since 2015.

"It was a Dhoni special and an incredible win", CSK coach Stephen Fleming said. It was Faf du Plessis and Dwayne Smith who set the tone at the top of the order with quick runs. Rayudu is leading scorer so far and at 10/3 third favourite takes the main stake.

In the 12th over, Krunal dismissed the risky Rayudu when he tried to clear the ropes with a sweep shot but ended up hitting straight to Cutting at deep midwicket. Dhoni, at 6/1, takes a half-stakes nibble as the form horse in the field and with 550 runs in this fixture down the years comes into a game he enjoys in fine fettle. The vintage Dhoni. He bent his back knee, opened the face of the bat, and scythed it over point for six. For the first four balls of his over (the 19th of the Chennai Super Kings' chase), Mohammed Siraj would have thought he was doing a flawless job.

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MS Dhoni too was not left behind as he scored a couple of unbelievable fifties.

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