After a long long wait, the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) finally begins to night @ 7.30 PM. The first game will witness the face-off between two most successful teams in the IPL history.
Face-off between 4 times champion Mumbai Indians vs 3 times champion Chennai Super Kings. Face-off between Rohit Sharma vs MS Dhoni.
MI vs CSK 2020 Live : News from the Chennai Super Kings camp
The news from the Chennai Super Kings camp is Dwayne Bravo, Imran Tahir and Mitchell Santner had completed six days after their arrival in Dubai after taking part in the CPL and are eligible for Saturday’s game.
But both Josh Hazlewood & Sam Curran who arrived on Thursday in Dubai will be missing out in the opening game. Hazlewood and Curran’s participation is unlikely for the opener in because of Abu Dhabi’s strict quarantine protocols. If the first game would have been in Dubai, they could have played. But as the first game is in Abu Dhabi, they will be missing out of the CSK Line up.
Meanwhile, Ruturaj Gaikwad had tested negative in one COVID-19 test but another one remains. Then, there would be a cardiovascular assessment. This means even they will miss out from the playing eleven.
CSK Team for IPL 2020
|1||MS Dhoni (C)||India||Wkt/Bat|
|3||KM Asif||India||KM Asif|
|5||Dwayne Bravo||West Indies||Allrounder|
|6||Faf du Plessis||South Africa||Batsman|
|7||Imran Tahir||South Africa||Bowler|
|11||Lungi Ngidi||South Africa||Bowler|
|12||Mitchell Santner||New Zealand||Allrounder|
|22||R Sai Kishor||India||Bowler|
CSK Support Staff –
Coach – Stephen Fleming
Batting coach – Michael Hussey
Bowling coach – Laxmipathy Balaji
Fielding coach – Rajiv Kumar
CSK 1st Match likely Playing 11
1. Shane Watson, 2. Faf Du Plessis, 3. Ambati Rayudu, 4. MS Dhoni, 5. Kedar Jadhav, 6. Ravindra Jadeja, 7. Dwayne Bravo, 8. Shardul Thakur, 9. Piyush Chawla, 10. Deepak Chahar, 11. Imran Tahir / Lungi Ngidi
The only decision they are yet to make is whether to go in with Ngidi or Imran Tahir.
MI vs CSK 2020 IPL Live : News from the Mumbai Indians Camp
Unlike CSK, Mumbai Indians isn’t jittery about presence of any cricketer at this stage. They are sitting pretty, they have seen the wicket, they are based out and practicing out of Abu Dhabi only and they are the defending champions.
The only question they face is – Do they have horses for courses ? They have world class seamers like Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mitchell McClenaghan in the squad – but do they have quality spinners.
They had selected their team according to the conditions in India – will the same attack work in UAE ? This will be the only handicap for Mumbai Indians on UAE’s slow and dry wickets. Beside Krunal Pandya and Rahul Chahar, they will have to depend on the talented unknowns — left-arm spinner Anukul Roy and leg-spinner Prince Balwant Rai.
But all in all they will start favorites for the tie against CSK.
MI Team for IPL 2020
|1||Rohit Sharma (C)||India||Batsman|
|2||Sherfane Rutherford||West Indies||Batsman|
|8||Quinton de Kock||South Africa||Wkt/Bat|
|11||Kieron Pollard||West Indies||Allrounder|
|17||Trent Boult||New Zealand||Bowler|
|19||Prince Balwant Rai Singh||India||Bowler|
Meanwhile, India’s leading pacer Jasprit Bumrah would also take this opportunity to find his groove back. Bumrah, who made a return to the national team following a stress fracture on his lower back, has failed to make a strong impact.
It will also be a great learning experience for the 26-year-old and a lot will be expected from him in the absence of veteran Sri Lankan cricketer Lasith Malinga. The slinging pacer decided to give the tournament a miss citing personal reasons. Australian speedster James Pattinson was roped in the MI camp as a replacement for the Lankan in this edition.
MI Support Staff:
Coach – Mahela Jayawardene
Batting coach – Robin Singh
Bowling coach – Shane Bond
Fielding coach – James Pamment
Director of cricket operations – Zaheer Khan
MI 1st Match likely Playing 11
1. Rohit Sharma, 2. Quinton de Kock, 3. SuryaKumar Yadav, 4. Ishan Kishan, 5. Hardik Pandya, 6. Krunal Pandya, 7. Nathan Coulter-Nile, 8. Kierron Pollard, 9. Rahul Chahar, 10. Trent Boult, 11. Jasprit Bumrah
What makes Mumbai Indians a strong contender?
The current Mumbai Indians squad looks balanced with plenty of experienced candidates in both the departments. The skipper is the team’s leading run-scorer and he will find great support from wicketkeeper-batsman Quintion de Kock. The South African cricketer has the potential to provide great starts to any side, irrespective of the situation.
Chris Lynn is another powerful candidate from the Mumbai camp, boasting a strike-rate of over 140 in IPL. Meanwhile, the presence of Pandya brothers along with Windies cricketer Keiron Pollard provides team with depth in both the department of the game.
The pace battery of Mumbai is equally strong as the batting with Bumrah, Kiwi pacer Trent Boult, Mitchell McClenaghan and James Pattinson. Spin does look as an area of concern with Rahul Chahar being the only expert in this department.
Mi vs Csk 2020 game start at 7:30 PM on 19-09-2020. Mi vs Csk 2020 game watch on Hotstar. IPL 2020 to start on September 19, final on November 8 or 10.