The Indian Premier League’s (IPL) fabled rivalry will return when Chennai Super Kings takes on Mumbai Indians in Sharjah on Friday. The two teams kick-started the tournament in Abu Dhabi on September 19 but the outcome of that match has not correlated with how the two teams have fared since then.

The Build-up

In the inaugural match, CSK defeated the defending champion by five wickets but, it has all been downhill since then with the Men in Yellow, winning just two of its next nine matches. A defeat on Friday will all but end the Super Kings’ chance of qualifying for the playoffs. It needs to win its remaining four games and hope for some favourable outcomes from other teams.

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In contrast, Mumbai though is on a roll with six wins in its next eight matches since the opener. Interestingly, both of those defeats…

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