Match – Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians – 30th match
Venue – Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Time – 7:30 PM IST, 02:00 PM GMT
Where to watch live – Star Sports Network, Hotstar
In the 2020 IPL, the chasing teams found it tough to adjust in Dubai. Scores over the 180-run mark can be hard to chase down. Batting first should be the way forward for both teams. The spinners and pacers are expected to get assistance in almost equal proportion. The long boundaries won’t make life easy for the batters either.
Avg first innings score: 171 (26 matches in IPL 2020 at Dubai)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 10, Lost – 16, Tied – 0
Probable Playing XIs:
Chennai Super Kings
Faf du Plessis/Robin Uthappa, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Suresh Raina, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (c and wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood/Imran Tahir
Bench: Faf du Plessis/Robin Uthappa, KM Asif, Jason Behrendorff, Bhagath Verma, Krishnappa Gowtham, Imran Tahir/Josh Hazlewood, Narayan Jagadeesan, Lungi Ngidi, Cheteshwar Pujara, Harishankar Reddy, R Sai Kishore, Karn Sharma, Sam Curran
Bench: Anmolpreet Singh, Piyush Chawla, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Marco Jansen/Jayant Yadav, Dhawal Kulkarni, Chris Lynn, Adam Milne, Mohsin Khan, James Neesham, Aditya Tare, Anukul Roy, Arjun Tendulkar, Saurabh Tiwary, Yudhvir Singh
Played – 33 | Chennai Super Kings – 13 | Mumbai Indians– 20 |N/R – 0
In the UAE
Played – 3 | Chennai Super Kings – 2 | Mumbai Indians– 1 |N/R – 0
Probable best batsman of the match
Quinton de Kock—Mumbai Indians
Quinton de Kock wasn’t quite at his very best in the first leg of IPL 2021. The left-hander scored 155 runs at an average of 31 with a top score of an unbeaten 70. But he’s played some useful knocks for South Africa of late. In the recent T20I series against Sri Lanka, the southpaw scored 153 runs with two half-centuries. Moreover, he got out only once in the series.
Rahul Chahar– Mumbai Indians
Rahul Chahar has been exceptional with the ball and has been called up to India’s squad for the 2021 T20 World Cup. In IPL 2021, he hasn’t flattered to deceive. In seven matches, the leg-spinner has picked up 11 wickets at an economy rate of 7.21. The youngster has carried his form for the Indian team as well. He’ll be looking to replicate something similar.