The Indian Premier League is a professional Twenty20 cricket league in India contested during March or April and May of every year by eight teams representing eight different cities in India. The league was founded by the Board of Control for Cricket in India in 2008.
In the first match of the 13th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL 2020), Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni has won the toss and elected to bowl first at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi today.
The coronavirus pandemic delayed the IPL 2020 by nearly six months and forced the marquee event to be shifted outside of India as Covid-19 infections rose in the country.
As seems to be the new normal for cricket, this year’s tournament is being played in a bio-secure environment, with no spectators in the stadium.
Talking of the playing 11, Mumbai Indians has picked Quinton de Kock, Kieron Pollard, James Pattinson and Trent Boult as its four overseas players, while Chennai Super Kings has selected Faf du Plessis, Lungi Ngidi, Sam Curran and Shane Watson.
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.Check 2020 IPL full schedule hereMI vs CSK playing 11
The two teams would like to put their best playing 11 today, based on past record, before changing and chopping the line-ups as necessary. This means Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Dwayne Bravo, and Imran Tahir could be the four foreign players for CSK, while MI may go with Quinton de Kock, Trent Boult, Mitchell McCleghan, and Kieron Pollard. However, it won’t be a surprise if some of the less celebrated Indian players emerge with superb performances.