Defending champions Mumbai Indians and last year’s runners-up Chennai Super Kings revived their rivalry as the Indian Premier League finally gets underway in 2020. Transferred to the UAE, the tournament begins with this high-octane clash at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on 19 September and live action is scheduled to begin at 19:30 local time.
Mumbai Indians won a thrilling final last year, winning by one run against the Super Kings, and Rohit Sharma’s side again remained favorites for the IPL 2020 season as they bid for the fifth title. They will be without Lasith Malinga, the all-time top wicket taker, but they have otherwise strengthened well and have the ability to start the tournament with a bang.
Mumbai Indians Team News
He lacked form in the Caribbean Premier League, but with new signings Chis Lynn Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock can make it straight into the top three of the Mumbai Indians squad. Lasith Malinga has pulled himself out of the tournament.
Mumbai Indians Team Form
Mumbai Indians have emerged as the defending champions in the IPL 2020 after beating Chennai by one run in last year’s thrilling final. Defending 149/8, Jasprit Bumrah claimed the Man of the Match award as he finished with figures of 2–14 of his overs.
Chennai Super Kings Team News
Chennai Super Kings’ disrupted preparations include the return of Suresh Raina, while Harbhajan Singh is also out. Also, Ruturaj Gaikwad is unavailable for IPL 2020 due to medical guidelines and Josh Hazelwood and Sam Curran cannot be allowed to play the first match unless the IPL softens its stand on players traveling from the England vs Australia series .
Chennai Super Kings Team Form
Chennai Super Kings fell to the chase of only 150 to defeat Mumbai in the final of last season as they missed their second consecutive IPL title. Shane Watson scored 80 off 59 balls but was dismissed in the final over as the Super Kings fell short.
MI vs CSK head to head
Last year’s final was Mumbai’s fifth consecutive win against Chennai Super Kings – a run that included the first qualifier and both league matches last season. Jasprit Bumrah’s bowling was crucial as he claimed Shane Watson’s 80 runs in the final 2–14 as Chennai struck 148/7 in response to 149/8.
It is a batting wicket, and as he won the toss in last year’s final, Mumbai could look to bat first.
A warm, clear evening in Abu Dhabi would make for a warm, sunny day.
A dry, flat Abu Dhabi wicket favors big hitting. There could be a lot of runs.
Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings Prediction
Mumbai Indians defeated Chennai Super Kings in the final of last season, but CSK had some hope that something could be changed with their disrupted preparations.
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