The 13th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020), the biggest tournament in T20 cricket, will begin on Saturday (19 September) with a clash between arch-rivals Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings. This will be the fourth time that the IPL will begin with Chennai and Mumbai matches.
In the IPL 2020, the team of Mumbai Indians, once again captained by Rohit Sharma, looks very strong. This season, this team is moving towards winning their fifth title. Mumbai pacer Lasith Malinga will not be seen in the IPL 2020. Despite this, the team has many players who see the potential of reversing any match.
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Mumbai team still has more than one fast bowler. It has great bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah, Trend Bold, Mitchell McLaghan, Kuppeter Nile. Apart from this, the team’s batting unit is also strong. At the same time, the role of all-rounder Pandya Brothers is going to be as important as ever. This time, looking at the team, it would not be wrong to say that in the first match of IPL 2020, Mumbai Indians will have a slight weight over CSK.
CSK batting order will be problem for captain Dhoni
This time the IPL season is not going to be easy for Chennai Super Kings. The biggest strength of CSK’s middle order is Suresh Raina and star player Harbhajan Singh has withdrawn from IPL 2020. As a result, the captaincy of Dhoni is sure to increase.
Now it will be seen whether Dhoni will open the openings with Murali Vijay from Watson or former South Africa captain Fof du Plessis. Apart from this, at what number will Dhoni get to bat in the middle order. It will also be interesting to see. If Dhoni changes his batting order in Raina’s absence, no one will be surprised.
While it will be difficult for Dhoni to find an alternative to Raina, the lack of an offspinner like Bhajji will surely eat the team. Harbhajan Singh could have been more effective on slow UAE pitches, but he is no longer part of the team. But what is in favor of the team among all these things is the team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. But MS is capable of solving the biggest problems of the team easily.
Head to head
A total of 30 matches have been played between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians in the IPL so far. During this period, Mumbai has won matches in 18 matches and Chennai in 12 matches. The last time these two teams came face to face in the final in the final match of last IPL season, where Mumbai team won the trophy by winning the match by 1 run.
Know how the mood of the pitch (Pitch Report)
The first match of IPL 2020 will be played between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians. It will be played on the ground in Abu Dhabi between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings. This ground will be the home ground of Mumbai Indians.
Now if we talk about the pitch here, there will be no grass on the pitch, which will give a lot of benefit to the spin bowlers. The team that won the toss in the match would like to bat first. Till the second innings, there will be small cracks on the pitch and it will definitely be a bit difficult for the batsmen.
The temperature on the day of the match will be close to 35 degrees Celsius and there is little chance of rain. There is nothing to worry about the cricket fans about the weather and a great match will be expected between the two teams.
The timing of the IPL 2020 matches has been changed. This time, matches starting at 8 pm will be played at 7.30 pm. On the same day, matches with double header will start at 3.30 in the afternoon.
Possible playing XI of Mumbai
Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishaan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jaspreet Bumrah, Nathan Kuptar Nile.
Possible playing XI of CSK for Chennai Super Kings
Murali Vijay, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Mitchell Santner, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur.
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