CSK vs MI: It's time for a big clash between the El Clasico of IPL!

The Indian cricket fans are obsessed with the current edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), which is gaining momemtum towards its typical festival and fanfare. As the season is taking speed, the curiosity of the fans is pacing up as they are getting ready to witness a big clash between the El Clasico of the IPL - Mumbai Indians (MI) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK). 

Both MI and CSK are successful teams in the IPL and they have a major share in winning the titles of the lavish cricket league. There is perhaps no greater rivalry in the IPL than these two teams due to which the fanfare during their every clash would be hot on the heels. As CSK and MI are going to lock horn for the first time in the current season, the crucial match has become the talk of the nation. 

MS Dhoni-led CSK and Rohit Sharma-led MI will battle at Wankhede stadium in Mumbai at 7.30 pm on Saturday- April 8. While CSK has opened its victory count by defeating the Lucknow Super Giants in their last match, MI is yet to register its victory in the current season and as the battle is going to held in their home, Rohit Sharma-led squad will fight for a comeback in what would be a neck-and-neck battle. 

In its first match, Mumbai Indians got defeated by Royal Challengers Bangalore by eight wickets and MI is among the three teams that are yet to open their victory counts. CSK was resplendent in batting in the last two matches with a splendid opening smash from Ruturaj Gaikwad and the team is losing its grip on bowling. It is in need of building a good bowling momentum for a successful campaign at Wankhede, a pitch that favors batsmen. 

At Wankhede, MI has taken CSK ten times and won seven of them, which is a token of advantage for the men in blue. MI also has a thumping stat against CSK in overall tally. Both the teams have clashed head-to-head for 36 times and MI won 21 matches while the rest were triumphed by CSK. The rivals also hold a record of presenting some nail-biting finishes in the IPL history.  

Notably, MI has won the IPL titles five times and leads the table while CSK is at the second spot with four titles. It has been reported that CSK would most likely come to the battle with the same squad and if there is one change, it could be South African pacer Sisanda Magala replacing Mitchell Santner. Another bowler Tushar Deshpande, who recently said that he has been working closely with CSK bowling coach Dwayne Bravo to expand his range at the death overs, could be the Impact Player.