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first_imgMumbai Indians (MI) are set to take on arch-rivals Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in a crucial encounter at the latter’s home ground in Chepauk on April 26. While MS Dhoni-led CSK sit comfortably at the top of the points table, Rohit Sharma’s MI can’t afford to lose as it will adversely affect their chances of qualifying for the playoffs.On the eve of the match, Sharma billed the clash as the ‘El Clasico’ of the IPL on his Twitter page – and rightly so. There is no other match-up in the IPL that can boast of a larger fan following and viewer interest than that of Super Kings juggernaut squaring against the Mumbai franchise. Also, MI are the only team in the IPL against whom CSK have a winning percentage of less than 50.Not just this, but what equates the mouth-watering clash to it’s supposed football counterpart is the fact that CSK vs MI has more often than not produced some exhilarating performances, jaw-dropping moments, tense finishes and much more.#ElClassico of @IPL is here folks pic.twitter.com/5OuFWRTJE4Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) April 25, 2019Here we take a look at five such encounters between these teams in the history of the IPL which prove the same:1. CSK vs MI, Chennai, IPL 2008: Chennai won by 6 runsDo you remember Abhishek Nayar? The long-time prolific run-scorer for Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy had his moment in the sun as he hit 45*(20) raising MI’s hopes of a come from behind win while chasing 209 in the first-ever match between these teams. After CSK had put up a mammoth total riding on a brutal 81(46) from Mathew Hayden, MI seemed out of the contest when they needed 62 of the last four overs. But Nayar combined with stand-in captain Harbhajan Singh to knock down all but 6 runs off the deficit. And just to top off all the nostalgia, it was 2007 World T20 final hero Joginder Sharma who was trusted to bowl the final over by Dhoni. And just like a few months ago at the Wanderers, Sharma didn’t disappoint his skipper.advertisement2. MI vs CSK, Mumbai, IPL 2011: Mumbai won by 8 runsBefore Harbhajan Singh joined the Yellow Brigade, he already had built an impressive CV against his former rivals. With three wickets in an over adding up to his five for the match, Harbhajan tormented the Chennai batsmen with his flight and guile to earn his side a hard-fought victory. Rohit Sharma (87) and Subramaniam Badrinath (71*) played crucial roles for their respective teams but it was Singh who finally turned the match in MI’s favour by breaking the back of CSK’s batting. Chasing a par total of 165, CSK crumbled from a comfortable 98/2 in the 12th over to 156/9 by the end of the match.3. MI vs CSK, Mumbai, IPL 2012: Mumbai won by 2 wicketsAnother humdinger of a game that went to the final ball of the match with four required to win off the last delivery. Dwayne Smith pulled off the ultimate heist for MI when the team needed 16 off the last over. The equation became 14 required off 3 balls as Mumbai kept crumbling, but Smith hit a six and two fours off the final deliveries to seal an incredible night for the home team. Earlier Sachin Tendulkar (74) and Rohit Sharma (60) had put MI on course of an easy win in pursuit of 175. This can be termed as the time period when MI started to assert their authority over the Super Kings in the IPL.4. CSK vs MI, Chennai, IPL 2013: Mumbai won by 9 runsAfter Mumbai posted a mere 148/6 helped by Kieron Pollard’s rapid half-century, their hopes received a major shot-in-the-arm with CSK losing wickets at regular intervals. But at 137/8 with just an over to go, MI couldn’t take their foot off the pedal as MS Dhoni (51) was still at the crease. That scenario changed drastically on the next ball itself with veteran Munaf Patel removing the Chennai talisman to all but seal a famous win for Mumbai.5. MI vs CSK, Mumbai, IPL 2018: Chennai won by 1 wicketChasing 166 for victory, the returning CSK were in a hopeless situation with the score reading 106/7 at the end of the 15th over. But such has been the resilience of CSK players over the years that they somehow find ways to overcome the toughest of situations. In this match, Dwayne Bravo rose like a phoenix blasting seven humongous sixes in a 30-ball 68 to bring his team within touching distance of the target.Also Read | Unfortunate to see so many people going after MS Dhoni: Virat Kohli to India TodayAlso Read | Why India need MS Dhoni’s experience at 2019 World Cup: Former CSK teammate explainsadvertisementlast_img read more

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