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Momentum with Super Kings as Mumbai Indians look to shrug off another poor start

MUMBAI: It's still early days within the 12th version of the IPL, but reigning champions Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians, two of the match's maximum successful teams, provide a picture of close to contrasts.

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While the yellow brigade led by way of MS Dhoni are settling in nicely, having received all 3 of their opening games, MI have were given off to a get started they're all too familiar with: putting in erratic performances that have yielded one win in 3 encounters.

What's more, the opening punch-u.s.have supplied a fair image of the place those aspects could be heading, until after all, the Rohit Sharma-led unit find their mojo quickly and have some points to turn for their efforts.

Mumbai, the three-time champs, are notoriously slow starters and their stars have had to literally play out of their pores and skin each and every time to take their side no less than to the play-offs in previous seasons. And, the tale this time appears to be no different.

Some of their maximum depended on performers of the past like West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard are past their high and finding it tricky to keep up with the tempo of the league.

Earlier, whilst Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab made merry in opposition to Mumbai's bowling assault on batsman-friendly tracks, it took the may of the lone warrior Jasprit Bumrah to stay Royal Challengers Bangalore at bay on the Chinnaswamy Stadium.

MI's bowlers were carted for 213 runs by way of DC of their league opener, conceded 181in opposition to RCB and didn't click in opposition to Kings XI whilst protecting a aggressive 177 in Mohali, managing to take most effective two wickets.

They have already attempted eight bowlers this time and baring Bumrah, who has taken four wickets at an economy fee of seven.11, not one of the others have controlled to face out. Kiwi paceman Mitchell McClenaghan has taken 3 wickets but has proved expensive, managing an ER of nine.nine. All-rounder Hardik Pandya, who has been a stand-out performer in previous years, has discovered it tricky to search out his rhythm, and has given away 117 runs within the 10 overs he has bowled.

The spinners within the team, Mayank Markande and Krunal Pandya, too, have not been in a position to contain the waft of runs thereby expanding the headache of the think-tank.

On the batting entrance, Quinton de Kock, who used to be roped in from RCB is proving his mettle. The keeper-batsman stands on the top of MI's batting charts with 110 runs at an average of 36.6. Hardik, Rohit and the veteran Yuvraj Singh have also made some precious contributions but are but to play the sort of innings that the likes of David Warner and Jonny Bairstow are recording for Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Chennai, alternatively, are crusing alongside easily with Dhoni keeping centrestage. He smashed an unbeaten 75 in opposition to Rajasthan Royals on Sunday and his talent to stay unruffled without reference to the placement appears to be operating magic on his teammates, who've spoke back brilliantly.

While CSK have submit collective efforts at the batting entrance, the South African spinner Imran Tahir has mesmerized warring parties up to now. He has already taken six wickets at an ER of most effective 5.2. All-rounder Dwayne Bravo, too, has taken six wickets and has been slightly economical at 7.95.

Nevertheless, as in the past, stats will hardly ever be related when the league's two most popular aspects walk out on the Wankhede, and Mumbai will hope their house floor proves to be a fort that CSK won't be able to breach.

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