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IPL 2014 Preview: CSK vs MI
After suffering an embarrassing loss against Kings XI in their last fixture, CSK are eager to overturn their fortunes when they play Mumbai Indians later tonight. CSK has had a good run in the competition, where they have only lost two matches, while Mumbai are struggling with five losses.

Mumbai Indians bear some world class stars in their squad, still, they have not been able to take this season's IPL by storm, in spite of being the defending champions. Players such as Kieron Pollard, Harbhajan Singh, Lasith Malinga, Anderson, Rohit Sharma have not looked in their elusive best to help Mumbai Indians come up with a good run.

In spite of possessing a strong batting line up, they were not comfortable playing in UAE, where they lost all their matches. But, these players have showed signs of improvement after landing in India. They won their last two big games against Punjab and Bangalore, which might help them in gaining confidence, when they take other teams in the competition.

Mumbai Indians batsmen have not been at their best, though their T20 records are quite formidable. Kieron Pollard has been their best batsmen with 203 runs, Karthik (193) and Rohit Sharma (182), but these players can, on their given day turn the match on its head. In the bowling department as well, apart from Malinga with 11 wickets, none have fared well. So it is right to conclude that Mumbai have failed with both the bat and ball in their hand.

But, the same cannot be said for CSK, who has been doing well in both the departments, which can be justified from their position in the points table. The opening pairing of Smith and McCullum have been a major force, where they have scored 339 and 314 runs respectively. Their bowling has also been equally impressive with MM Sharma and R Jadeja scalping 14 and 11 wickets respectively.

More than CSK requiring the victory, it is Mumbai Indians who are desperate for a win as that would bring them into contention to progress into the next round of the competition.

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