In a tournament that has seen teams struggle to win when on tour, Chennai Super Kings have been an exception. They are the only team in the Pepsi Indian Premier League 2013 to have won each of their away games so far, a statistic that would add to the air of anticipation when they clash against Mumbai Indians at Wankhede Stadium on Sunday (May 5).
If Chennai have a proud away record, the same can be said about Mumbai's performance at home. Four wins in as many matches suggests that they would be no pushovers despite coming into the game on the back of a big seven-wicket loss against Sunrisers Hyderabad last Wednesday.
After a lot of tinkering in the initial stages, the team seems to have found a combination that is working for them. Rohit Sharma at the helm has meant they've had options to choose from when it comes to the foreign players. Ricky Ponting's decision to sit out opened the door for Dwayne Smith to join Sachin Tendulkar at the top of the batting order, a role he has embraced with open arms. Mumbai have also been able to field Mitchell Johnson, who has played a key role with the new ball, regularly. That aside, Kieron Pollard and Lasith Malinga have been regulars, though Pollard is under an injury cloud after hurting his finger while training on the eve of the match and his participation against Chennai will be confirmed only prior to the match.