The Mumbai Indians (MI) vs Chennai Super Kings (CSK) battle is the greatest rivalry in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL). They are the two most successful franchises of the coveted league. MI has won the tournament on 4 occasions while CSK has been victorious in 3 editions.
Kieron Pollard has an aggregate of 467 runs in 20 innings against CSK at an average of 33.35 and strike rate of 165.6. His efforts include three fifties. What makes Pollard doubly dangerous for CSK is the fact that not only has he scored a lot of runs against their bowling but also done so at a rapid rate - his strike rate against CSK is the best for any batsman against the franchise (min.10 innings) in the history of the IPL. His finest performances against CSK came in 2015. In Mumbai in a league game, Pollard came out to bat, under pressure, at 57 for 4 in the 10th over and hammered a 30-ball 64, top-scoring for MI as they powered to 183 for 7 in 20 overs - they had scored 121 in the second half of their innings! Although CSK chased down the target with ease, Pollard did put on a show with the bat. He then came up with a Player of the Match performance, again in Mumbai in the Qualifier 1. Coming out to bat at number 4, he blasted a 17-ball 41 which included 5 towering sixes propelling MI to a match-winning 187 for 6. The West Indian wasn't done yet for the tournament. His cameo 18-ball 36 in the final at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata helped MI to push the total in excess of 200 ultimately handing them a comprehensive 41-run win and the title.
Rohit Sharma has scored 717 runs in 28 innings against CSK - this also includes his numbers for Deccan Chargers. Rohit's aggregate is the third-highest for any batsman against the three-time former champions after Virat Kohli (837) and Shikhar Dhawan (777). His 7 fifties are the joint-highest (along with Kohli) for any batsman in the IPL against CSK. His finest innings against CSK came in Mumbai in 2011 when coming out to bat under pressure at 13 for 2 in the 4th over, he top-scored with 87 off 48 deliveries hammering 8 fours and 5 sixes. MI went on to win by 8 runs.
MS Dhoni has not been in great form in IPL 2020 but could turn it around today against MI - an opposition against whom he boasts of a pretty impressive record. Dhoni has scored 617 runs in 27 innings including three fifties against MI. His highest score - an unbeaten 63 off 45 deliveries - came in a lost battle in the final of the 2013 edition at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. His best match-winning innings against MI came in the Eliminator in Bengaluru in 2012, where he top-scored with an unbeaten 51 off just 20 deliveries powering CSK to 187 for 5 and ultimately a comprehensive 38-run win. Another Dhoni special against MI but again in a losing cause came in Chennai in 2013 - coming out to bat at 58 for 4 in the 11th over, he single-handedly kept CSK in the chase with a splendid 51 off 26 deliveries. Though his team went down by 9 runs, they gave MI a real scare!