This is the first time CSK have beaten the MI after five matches in the IPL.
After limiting MI to 162/9 earlier in the evening, the CSK got off to a shaky start to their chase. Openers Shane Watson and Murali Vijay were dismissed in the first two overs and the CSK found themselves 6/2 at the start of the third. However, the next wicket came only 14 overs later and during this time, du Plessis and Rayudu put up 115 for the third wicket to practically take the game away from MI.
Rayudu took the attack to the opposition, smashing six fours and three sixes in a 48-ball knock. He was also helped by MI not able to hold on to their catches, surviving a close call in the ninth over when he was on 27 and then later off the second ball of the 16th over bowled by Rahul Chahar. He eventually fell off the last ball of the over, with Chahar taking an impressive catch sprinting backwards off his own bowling.
However, Sam Curran then launched a six-ball blinder to close any chance that MI may have visualised of winning the match. du Plessis ended the match with consecutive fours off the first two balls of the 20th and last over.
Playing 11 of both the teams:
CSK playing 11: Murali Vijay, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni(w/c), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Lungi Ngidi
MI playing 11: Rohit Sharma(c), Quinton de Kock(w), Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
MI vs CSK rivalry in UAE: IPL had last been played outside of India in 2014 due to the national elections that year. A few matches of the tournament had at the time been played in the UAE. In the MI vs CSK match that was played in the UAE at Dubai International stadium, Mumbai had batted first and put 141-7 on the board. Chennai (142-3) had chased the target with seven wickets to spare.
Super Kings has selected Faf du Plessis, Lungi Ngidi, Sam Billings and Shane Watson as overseas player
MI vs CSK match prediction
In the IPL 2020 opener, Mumbai Indians will start as favourites as it has a very well balanced side. The only thing that may come hindrance for its win will be the spin bowling department, which lacks variations. However as pitch report says there is grass on the wicket and may remain true throughout the game.
MS Dhoni. Photo: PTI
There is grass on the pitch and it seems the wicket may remain true. The par score at the Abu Dhabi wicket is 167 and it can be passed today, reckons Kevin Pieterson and Michael Slater.
Rohit, de Kock to open for Mumbai, says Jayawardene
Captain Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock will be opening the batting for Mumbai Indians despite the franchise recruiting explosive Australian opener Chris Lynn for this season, coach Mahela Jayawardene said on Thursday. Rohit and De Kock made a formidable opening pair last season as MI won its fourth title.
"Having options is always great, Lynn is a great addition to the squad. But the combination of Rohit and Quinton has been phenomenal, they compliment each other very well," said Jayawardene in a virtual press conference.
MI vs CSK head to head stats:
Total matches: 28
MI won: 17
CSK won: 11
Head to head Mumbai Indians has an advantage as it won 17 out of 28 matches.
IPL 2019 final. Photo: PTI
MI vs CSK playing 11 prediction
MI tentative playing 11: Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan/ Anmolpreet Singh, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Trent Boult, Nathan Coulter-Nile/ Mitchell McLenaghan/ Prince Balwant Rai Singh, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah
CSK tentative playing 11: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Imran Tahir, Piyush Chawla, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur/ R Sai Kishore.
Match officials in IPL 2020
The 12 Indian umpires are: Anil Chaudhary, C. Shamshuddin, Virender Sharma, K.N. Ananthapadmanabhan, Nitin Menon, S. Ravi, Vineet Kulkarni, Yashwant Barde, Ulhas Gandhe, Anil Dandekar, K Srinivasan, and Pashchim Pathak.
CSK team news
Chennai Super Kings has been one of the most consistent teams since the inception of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2008. The team has been IPL champion thrice and made it to the final a total of eight times under the leadership of MS Dhoni.
In IPL 2020, too, much of the focus would be on skipper Dhoni, especially after he announced his retirement from international cricket on August 15, 2020. He would be making a return to the cricket field after a hiatus of more than a year, with his last appearance being during the 2019 World Cup in England. His fans would be eager to see him smash sixes, especially using the "helicopter" shot.
Mumbai Indians team news
The defending champions Mumbai Indians would begin their campaign in search of fifth IPL title under the leadership of Rohit Sharma, who won trophies in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019.
Can MI win their fifth trophy in the UAE? Well, on paper, Rohit Sharma’s side are favourites. Last year, Mumbai clinched its fourth IPL title with a thrilling one-run win over the CSK.
IPL 2020 prediction: Champions Mumbai Indians is bookies top favourite
Defending Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Mumbai Indians are the favourite of bookies and are currently priced at Rs 4.90, followed by Hyderabad SunRisers at Rs 5.60, according to bookies based in and around the city.
The IPL is set to begin on September 19 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). And the Gurugram police have given necessary directions to its Intelligence Wing, crime branch units, and the station house officers (SHOs) of the district to keep an eye on syndicates who run illicit betting rackets and start gathering information about such offenders.
On the other hand, bookies have clearly started 'work' away from the prying eyes of the police. Looking at the Mumbai Indians' past performance, they have picked Rohit Sharma's team as their top favourite.
"The Mumbai Indians are currently priced at Rs 4.90 in the IPL. They are followed by SunRisers Hyderabad at Rs 5.60, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at Rs 5, Royal Challengers Bangalore at Rs 6.20, Delhi Capitals at Rs 6.40, Kolkata Knight Riders at Rs 7.80, Kings XI Punjab at Rs 9.50, and Rajasthan Royals at Rs 10," said a bookie. READ FULL ARTICLE HERE
IPL 2020. Photo credit: @IPL
Brett Lee feels CSK has variety in spin department
Former Australian speedster Brett Lee has tipped three-time champions Chennai Super Kings to win IPL 2020, saying the variety in their spin department gives them an advantage in the UAE conditions.
"CSK is up there. I have picked them to win and I think CSK have a good chance because of their spin attack," Lee said.
"With Santner, Jadeja needs to step up and be the no.1 spinner and CSK has got great variety and none of the spinners are same, so CSK is at an advantage for the conditions in the UAE as the tournament progresses." READ FULL ARTICLE HERE
Chennai Super Kings. Photo: PTI
MI to groom more finishers to reduce Hardik's workload: Jayawardene
Monitoring comeback man Hardik Pandya's workload is paramount for Mumbai Indians coach Mahela Jayawardene as he intends to groom a "few more finishers" for the upcoming edition of Indian Premier League, starting on Saturday.
Defending champions Mumbai Indians will take on last year's runners-up Chennai Super Kings in the opening encounter on Saturday, which will be Hardik's first game in a year having undergone back surgery for stress fracture last year.
On the eve of the match, Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma termed the MI vs CSK match as just an another game. Sharing his thoughts on ElClasico of the IPL, Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma said that he enjoys playing against the Chennai-based side and will approach the game as any other fixture.
"Playing against CSK is always fun, we enjoy that battle. But when we play the game it is just another opposition for us and that is how we want to move forward," Rohit said in a video posted by Mumbai Indians on their official Twitter account. READ FULL ARTICLE HERE
File photo of Rohit Sharma
MI vs CSK preview
The IPL 2020 will kick start with the marquee clash between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings. It is going to be the battle between MI's batting firepower and Chennai's spin bowlers. Despite the high-octane clash featuring the two top teams that have a huge fan following, this match as well as the others will be played in empty stadiums due to Covid-19 pandemic. Both the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Chennai side and Rohit Sharma captained Mumbai Indian are surely going to miss the crowd support this time around.
CSK recently suffered two major jolts as Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh opted out of the tournament citing personal reasons. It will be interesting to see how a charismatic leader like Dhoni, known for calmly handling all types of tense situations, overcomes their absence. READ MORE