CSK vs MI Live Updates: We are minutes away from the toss of the first match of the 13th edition of Indian Premier League between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings in Abu Dhabi. To make matters more interesting, this MI vs CSK IPL 2020 match will also mark the return of MS Dhoni after a gap of 14 months. Rohit Sharma would look ensure that his return is not the ideal one by making sure their unmatchable track-record against CSK is intact.
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Players to watch out for in the CSK vs MI clash
For Mumbai Indians it will be Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah.
For Chennai Super Kings it has to be MS Dhoni, Shane Watson, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja and Imran Tahir.
Will Raina and Harbhajan’s absence hurt CSK?
Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh had pulled out of IPL 2020 citing personal reasons while Harbhajan’s absence may not hurt them much as they have the likes of Imran Tahir, Piyush Chawla, Ravindra Jadeja to take care of the spin department, Raina not being there is sure to hurt their batting department. Rayudu is set to open and du Plessis might bat at 3 but after that it is Dhoni and the all-rounders.
Hardik Pandya to be MI’s key
Most of the mainstays of Mumbai’s batting department were part of IPL 2019. Among them, Hardik Pandya was the stand-out player with his average and Strike rate being the best. Pandya had scored 402 runs at an average of 44.66 and a strike rate of 191.2.
How will the pitch behave in MI vs CSK IPL 2020 opener
Here are some numbers that might help us get an idea of the Abu Dhabi pitch on offer for today’s CSK vs MI match. However, let’s not forget that all these matches were played some time ago.
Abu Dhabi is one of those venue where 21 matches of ICC World T20 Qualifier 2019 were played.
• Abu Dhabi hosted 4 matches of PSL 2019. Among pacers, left-armers did better; while among spinners, left-arm orthodox were the best. Notably, there was no chinaman bowler throughout that tournament at Abu Dhabi and only one right-arm off-break/orthodox — Chris Green.
• Going by the result pattern at Abu Dhabi in 2019 PSL, MI and CSK both are suited to that.
• MI had the 2nd best win%, while CSK had the 3rd best in chases during IPL 2019.
Abu Dhabi venue insights
How will the Abu Dhabi pitch behave? What’s a good score? What should the captain winning the toss do? There are a lot of questions. We can’t answer all of them with certainty but Karan has got some numbers which may help get an idea. Over to you Karan.
Karan: Thanks Aritra! So here are the numbers of the matches played in Abu Dhabi in IPL 2014, when the first half of the tournament was held in UAE.
Highest Team Total: 206/4 By Kings XI Punjab Against Chennai Super Kings
Lowest Team Total: 70 By Royal Challengers Bangalore Against Rajasthan Royals
Highest Individual Score: 95 By Glenn Maxwell (Kings XI Punjab) Against Chennai Super Kings
Best Bowling Figures: 4/20 By Sunil Narine (Kolkata Knight Riders) Against Mumbai Indians
Highest Partnership: 131 By Jacques Kallis And Manish Pandey (Kolkata Knight Riders) For 2nd Wicket Against Mumbai Indians
Win Rate Batting First: 42.86% (3 Won; 4 Lost)
CSK Predicted XI
Don’t worry CSK fans, how can we forget your predicted XI? Can’t ever make that mistake with the most-supported franchise. So here is the Chennai Super Kings 1 Shane Watson, 2. Ambati Rayudu, 3 Faf du Plessis, 4 MS Dhoni (capt, wk), 5 Kedar Jadhav, 6 Dwayne Bravo, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Piyush Chawla, 9 Deepak Chahar, 10 Shardul Thakur, 11 Imran Tahir
Mumbai Indians Predicted XI
All the fantasy cricket league buffs out there, this might help you a lot. Here is out Predicted XI of Mumbai Indians for today’s match against Chennai Super Kings – 1 Rohit Sharma (capt), 2 Quinton de Kock (wk), 3 Suryakumar Yadav, 4 Ishan Kishan, 5 Kieron Pollard, 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 Krunal Pandya, 8 Mitchell McClenaghan, 9 Rahul Chahar, 10 Trent Boult, 11 Jasprit Bumrah
MI vs CSK head-to-head
MI and CSK have faced each other 28 times in the IPL. It won’t be an exaggeration to state that MI have dominated CSK – the only side to do so – if we take a look at their win ration. Rohit’s side has beaten CSK 17 times – four of those were in last year itself – while CSK have won on 11 occasions. In their last five encounters, MI have taken an unprecedented 5-0 lead registering wins in all matches of IPL 2019 and Match No 27 of IPL 2018. No other active team has a win percentage of more than 40 against CSK other than MI. (For more interesting MI vs CSK stats, click here)
How is this year’s IPL different?
First of all, it’s not happening in India and taking place in UAE. While in 2009 and 2014, the tournament did move out of the country but that was because of the general elections in India and not because of some pandemic. Secondly, there will be no crowd, no media from India (yeah let that sync in) and the players will be in a bio-secured bubble to minimize the affects of the virus. And last but not the last least, the IPL is being played in September – the first time it is being hosted so late, again blame the pandemic for it.
IPL 2020 big clash, CSK vs MI – Who is the favourite??
Aritra: Well, I won’t put my money on anyone but I do think for some weird reasons (don’t ask me what they are) that this is going to be a one-sided encounter. I know both of them have produced some of the most memorable matches of the IPL but just a hunch, it will largely be one-sided this time around.
Karan: Look, Aritra, I feel Mumbai Indians have the edge going into the match. They beat Chennai four times… FOUR TIMES last year. CSK had a nervy pre-season, and there are players who are returning to cricket after a long break. So, their backs are certainly against the wall going into this. But you know, what happens when MS Dhoni’s back is against the wall? He stuns the world and wins the contest. So, who knows, it could go either way. I would put my money on MI, but I would not be surprised if I lose the bout.
What’s so special about MI vs CSK match?
Well they don’t call it the ‘El Classico’ of IPL for no reason. These two teams have won the IPL seven times – MI a record 7 times and CSK 3 times. They have faced each other 28 times in the IPL, the most that two teams have squared off against each other in IPL. And of course, MI have Rohit Sharma, who is one of the biggest white-ball cricketers in the world and CSK have MS Dhoni, what more do you want?
IPL 2020, match 1: MI vs CSK
Hello and welcome to the live coverage of Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings – the tournament opener of IPL 2020. This will be a bit different considering the match is being played in Abu Dhabi, that too in front of empty stands but that doesn’t mean there will any shortage of excitement. I’m Aritra Mukherjee and with me is my colleague, Karan Prashant Saxena, we’ll be with you throughout this epic encounter.