Every cricket fan would be striking out the dates for this big day as IPL 2020 gets underway today in Abu Dhabi. Defending IPL champions Mumbai Indians are all set to host Chennai Super Kings in what is known as the ‘El Classico' of the IPL. It will definitely be a treat for millions watching across their TV sets as two of the most consistent IPL franchisees face-off in the 2020 season opener. Let us look at the Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips for MI vs CSK opening match in IPL 2020.
Mumbai Indians (MI) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will go up against each other on September 19 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. The match will begin at 7:30 PM IST ( 6 PM local time). The match will be broadcasted live on the Star Sports network and will be digitally streamed on the official Disney+ Hotstar app.
What to expect – Ground and pitch conditions?
It will be for the first time in IPL history that UAE will host an entire IPL season though with empty stands due to COVID-19 measures. Generally, pitches in the UAE tend to be slow and offer assistance to the slow bowlers. However, being the inaugural match of the season, it should be a batting paradise for batters to enjoy their time in the middle. Team winning the toss is likely to bat first with a probability of dew expected to arrive towards the later stages of the match.
Mumbai Indians will enjoy luxury with all their players available for selection for the inaugural game of the season. However, for Chennai Super Kings (CSK), the likes of Josh Hazlewood and Sam Curran might not be available for the first game in IPL 2020. CSK will also miss their two stalwarts in Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh as the two pulled out of the entire season.
Probable Playing XI
Quinton de Kock & R Sharma are likely to open the innings for MI against CSK. Even though Mumbai is known to be the slow starters in the IPL, they would want to get early two points and kickstart on a winning way in the season opener. They would rely on their batting might and the experience fast-bowling recruits to bail them out against CSK.
MI Probable Playing 11 vs CSK
Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Nathan colter-Nile, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
Chennai Super Kings
Chennai Super Kings will have their task cut out against an experienced MI line-up. The yellow army would also miss the experience of Suresh Raina in the top-order. Skipper MS Dhoni will have to weave his magic with the bat. CSK also lack a genuine off-spinner in their playing squad.
CSK Probable Playing 11 vs MI
Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (C & WK), Kedar Jadhav, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Piyush Chawla, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur
Dream11 Top Fantasy Picks for Mumbai Indians (MI) vs Chennai Super Kings (CSK)
Skipper MS Dhoni and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja could be the key players for CSK in the inaugural fixture against MI in IPL 2020. Dhoni will have a dual role with the bat and gloves in hand. Jadeja, in the absence of Raina, becomes a vital player for CSK all throughout this season.
For Mumbai Indians, the likes of Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, and Jasprit Bumrah will be the men in focus as they kickstart their IPL campaign in Abu Dhabi.
Dream11 Match Predictions for Mumbai Indians (MI) vs Chennai Super Kings (CSK)
Mumbai Indians would start favorites to win the first match against CSK. MI has a more balanced playing 11 as compared to Chennai.