The Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians rivalry is a cricket rivalry between the IPL clubs Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL 2023) and the former Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20).
The two teams have faced off 35 times in IPL history and twice in the CLT20 tournament, the most times. It is the most the two IPL 2023 teams have competed against one another. The Mumbai Indians do hold an advantage in victories (21).
The Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians have combined to win 9 titles in the 15 IPL seasons.
In this blog, we will discuss the greatest rivalry of CSK vs MI. In addition, we will also learn who will come out on top in today’s IPL Match of the IPL 2023.
CSK vs MI: The Greatest Rivalry In The IPL History Explained
The most successful teams in IPL 2023 history are MI and CSK. However, Mumbai, which has won the competition five times, placed last season. As it finished ninth, CSK was slightly superior.
Mumbai’s season began inexplicably with an eight-wicket loss to Royal Challengers Bangalore in Bengaluru, marking the team’s return to the home and away-format after three seasons. A 12-run victory over the Lucknow Super Giants at home helped the four-time champion CSK rebound from a loss to Gujarat Titans in the tournament’s opening game.
The IPL has seen some of the most memorable CSK vs MI matches, including three IPL finals. Here is a look at the closest and most memorable finishes from the previous 15 editions, in anticipation of their 35th IPL 2023 match.
CSK vs MI, Wankhede Stadium – May 6, 2012
In their home match versus Chennai in their second group match of the IPL 2012 season, Mumbai chose to bowl first. The men of Dhoni amassed a solid 173 for eight.
Before skipper Sachin Tendulkar and Rohit Sharma put up a 133-run stand to seamlessly propel MI towards the win, MI lost its first wicket for eight runs during the chase. MI lost four of their key batters within 13 balls as CSK rallied: Sachin (74), Dinesh Karthik, Ambati Rayudu, and Rohit (60).
When Dwayne Bravo took two wickets in the penultimate over, leaving a 16-run deficit for the final six balls, MI’s hold on the chase was lost.
Dwayne Smith smashed a full toss over long-on for six when 14 was needed from three deliveries.
He then launched another low full toss for four over the bowler, whipping the fans into a frenzy. Then, Smith concluded his cameo with a powerful four-run smash to long-off, producing one of the greatest IPL history finishes.
CSK score: 173/8 (20 overs)
MI score: 174/8 (20 overs)
PoTM: Dwayne Smith 24* (9)
CSK v MI, M. A. Chidambaram Stadium – May 8, 2015
Batting first against MI on a slow Chepauk pitch, CSK amassed 158 for 5. Lendl Simmons and Parthiv Patel, the visitor’s openers, lifted an 84-run partnership to give the visitor a great start in their pursuit. Before Dwayne Bravo ran out Kieron Pollard in the eleventh over, however, Ravichandran Ashwin had taken the openers in just four deliveries.
As MI captain Rohit Sharma also left the game in the 18th over, the asking rate skyrocketed. With CSK well in control and MI needing 30 runs from the final two overs, Dhoni took the unexpected risk of giving the ball to left-arm spinner Pawan Negi.
A surprise was in store, though, as Hardik Pandya rose to the challenge and helped Mumbai win the game. In the 19th over, Hardik, who was taking part in his fourth IPL game, hit three sixes off Negi before Ambati Rayudu added a fourth. Then, with four balls left, MI easily romped home.
CSK score: 158/5 (20 overs)
MI score: 159/4 (19.2 overs)
PoTM: Hardik Pandya 21* (8)
CSK vs MI – Wankhede Stadium – 7 April 2018
With a boom, the Yellow Army made a comeback in the IPL. In the first game of the 2018 IPL season, the fans saw another Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians game at the Wankhede Stadium in its return from a two-year suspension.
The home team scored 165 for 4 and quickly eliminated the CSK top order with a string of wickets. Before CSK stumbled to 118 for eight in 16.3 overs, Kedar Jadhav was forced to retire hurt at 14. Dwayne Bravo, meanwhile, played a lone counter-attacking knock to extend the game. just Jasprit Bumrah taking the ninth wicket, Bravo’s blitz came to a stop on 68 in the 19th over. That left MI with just five runs to defend in the last over.
Jadhav walked back inside to set up a brawl. When MI seamer Mustafizur seamer bowled three consecutive dot balls, Jadhav, who had a hamstring injury, shuffled across the stumps and ramped the bowler for a six over the fine leg to tie the game. Jadhav smashed the following ball into the covers for four, giving CSK a one-wicket victory in the nail-biter, and marking a spectacular return.
MI score: 165/4 (20 overs)
CSK score: 169/9 (19.5 overs)
PoTM: Dwayne Bravo 68 (30)