In today's match between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians, we could expect to see a huge number of personal contests within the contest. Hayden Vs Harbhajan, Captain Dhoni Vs Captain Sachin, Jayasuria Vs Murali, Hussey Vs Pollock. But all these contests fade in front of the contest going on the minds of each Chennai Super Kings fans' mind. Whom to support during the match? Team led by Master Blaster or their own City Team?
The pitch, shorn of grass is very similar to the condition of the pitch that hosted the first test match between India and South Africa in the recent series. Thanks to the pitch, Chennai Super Kings start as favourites in today's match.
Comparison - Chennai Super Kings XI Vs Mumbai Indians XI - Batting
Mathew Hayden Vs Sanath Jayasuria
Both are explosive batsman who could change their game on their own. Though both of them got good starts in the last match, they were not able to utilize the opportunity. So both of them would be waiting to prove their worth to their respective teams. Verdict: Equal
Parthiv Patel Vs Sachin Tendulkar (L Ronchi)
Nobody would have any doubts on this comparison. The biggest asset of Mumbai Indians towers over Parthiv Patel. But doubts still persisting over Tendulkar's ability to play, L Ronchi may come as a placement. If so, both the teams are equal with regard to the ability of Ronchi and Parthiv.
Hussey Vs DJ Thornley/Bravo
Mr. Cricket's abilities with the bat surely towers above Thornley or any of his replacements. With regard to the important No:3 position, Chennai Super Kings are hugely ahead. Verdict: CSK Hugely Ahead
Uthappa Vs Dhoni
Both are aggressive players. Both are considered by a few as over rated players. Both have the ability to clear balls out of the grounds. Verdict: Equal
Pinal Shah/Tiwary Vs Raina - Verdict : CSK Ahead
Badrinath Vs Nayar:
Considered by a huge number of cricket fans as one of the most talented players not to be given an opportunity in Indian national side, Badrinath surely scores over Nayar. Verdict: CSK Ahead
Oram Vs Pollock
Both the players have the ability to send towering sixes in the slog overs. Verdict: Equal
Comparison - Chennai Super Kings XI Vs Mumbai Indians XI - Bowling
Nehra Vs Gony
In the first match against Bangalore Royal Challengers, Nehra was only a ghost of his former self. Personally I am not expecting much from him. With the expectation that the pitch won't be providing any assistance to bowlers, Gony's pace could make the difference. Verdict: CSK Slightly Ahead
Pollock Vs Oram
Pollock showed in the first match that his experience still counts. Verdict: Mumbai Indians Ahead
Harbhajan Vs Murali
Harbhajan may be a talented spinner but he is surely not a match for the smiling wizard. (at least not yet) Verdict: CSK Ahead
Kulkarani Vs Joginder Sharma - Verdict: Equal
Jayasuria Vs Jakati - Verdict - Mumbai Indians Ahead
Chennai Super Kings have a strong batting line up considered to Mumbai Indians... thanks to their strong middle order. With Tendulkar not expected to play today's match, Mumbai Indians' batting line up looks weakened, compared to Chennai Super Kings. In the bowling department, Mumbai Indians have mustered a better lineup than Chennai Super Kings. But with the pitch not expected to provide any assistance to the bowlers, this may not be a huge factor.
My Prediction: A Comprehensive Chennai Super Kings Win