Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings Battle to Save IPL Elimination

Navi Mumbai: On the brink of elimination after six losses at a trot, a terribly out of shape Mumbai Indians should get their first win of this IPL to stand their ground when faced Chennai Super Kings here on Thursday.

Five-time champions Mumbai has yet to win a single match this season and a loss on Thursday would send them out of the tournament.

Defending champions CSK, who are just a step above the bottom MI, have also failed as a team, although there have been some instances of individual brilliance. With five defeats from six games, a defeat on Thursday would also put them on the brink of elimination.

For Mumbai, the biggest concern is the form of skipper Rohit Sharma, who has amassed just 114 runs from six innings. If Mumbai has to chase or set up a big total, he will have to do most of the scoring.

Young batter Ishan Kishan has also failed to justify his heavy price tag of Rs 15.25 crore. With the help of two half-centuries, he must do more than the 191 runs from six games.

Players like Dewald Brevis, Tilak Varma and Suryakumar Yadav have dealt some scintillating blows individually, but must take responsibility together in the middle of the pack.

Another disappointment so far is all-rounder Kieron Pollard, whose ability to win matches is on the wane. With just 82 runs, Pollard has been a complete failure, even as questions have been raised about his retention.

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