IPL 2020 MI vs CSK: MS Dhoni has won the toss, and elected to field first.© AFP
Mumbai Indians (MI) will bat first in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 opener against Chennai Super Kings at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Saturday. CSK captain MS Dhoni won the toss and elected to field first. The 13th edition of the IPL was moved out of India due to the rising coronavirus cases in the country. Dhoni, who announced his retirement from international cricket in August, will be back in action after a gap of over 13 months. Both teams lost key players ahead of the tournament. Defending Champions Mumbai will begin their title defence without the services of Sri Lanka fast-bowler Lasith Malinga while CSK will take the field without Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh in this year’s IPL. (LIVE SCORECARD)
IPL 2020 Live Score Updates Between Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings straight from Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
OUTT!! Quinton de Kock c Shane Watson b Sam Curran 33(20)
Curran sends an offcutter. De Kock sends it straight to the fielder at midwicket. It loops straight to the Australian.
In comes, Saurabh Tiwary.
OUTT!!! Rohit Sharma c Sam Curran b Piyush Chawla 12(10)
Mistimed shot by Rohit Sharma, as he leaves the pitch. It was full on off stump by Chawla. The pitch is slow, and Rohit has always been not so good against leg-breakers. He lofts it at the edge of the circle and Curran catches it.
In comes, Suryakumar Yadav for MI.
Quinton de Kock wins the first Proteas duel of this match!
Very clever batting by Quinton de Kock. Pure class by the wicketkeeper-batsman. He slammed three fours off this over. Good start by Mumbai Indians today!! Chennai Super Kings have conceded 18 runs in this over. Lungi Ngidi just couldn’t find a way past de Kock. Mumbai Indians are 45-0 after four overs with de Kock at 31(16) and Rohit Sharma at 12(8).
FOUR RUNS! WHAT A SHOT!!
SOUTH AFRICAN TO SOUTH AFRICAN!! WHAT A SHOT BY QUINTON DE KOCK!! Ngidi overpitches it, outside off. De Kock sends it over the non-striker with ease.
What a dive from Faf du Plessis! Rohit sends Chahar’s delivery towards mid-off but a divind du Plessis stops it. The South African has atleast saved two runs.
FOUR!! Rohit Sharma shows good timing!!
Plenty of width by Curran in his fourth delivery of this delivery, outside off. Rohit shows some excellent timing as he sends it through backward point.
No run, good start by Sam Curran
Curran sends a full ball, de Kock tries to make some space and sends it to mid-off. Not good timing. It has been a good start to the opener of IPL 2020!
Pure class by Quinton de Kock!
A very good start by Mumbai Indians, as de Kock slams the fourth ball of the first over for a four. He sends it through midwicket.
Rohit Sharma begins the IPL with a boundary! What a start by the MI captain! It was an outswinger by Deepak Chahar, but a rather slow one. Rohit sends it between cover and point.
Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock to open for Mumbai Indians!
Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock have entered the pitch to open the innings for Mumbai Indians. Deepak Chahar will bowl the first over for Chennai Super Kings.
Here is the tournament format
In IPL 2020, 56 league matches will be played, with teams playing each other twice. Top four teams will qualify for playoffs.
The playing XIs are out!
Here is the Chennai Super Kings playing XI: M Vijay, S Watson, F du Plessis, A Rayadu, K Jadhav, MS Dhoni, R Jadeja, S Curran, D Chahar, P Chawla, L Ngidi.
Here is the Mumbai Indians playing XI for the opener: R Sharma, Q de Kock, S Yadav, S Tiwary, K Pandya, H Pandya, K Pollard, J Pattinson, R Chahar, T Boult, J Bumrah.
A look at the Playing XI for #MIvCSK
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Rohit Sharma would also have opted to field first!
Rohit Sharma reveals that even he would have opted to bowl first. He said that it will be key to understanding the conditions in this match.
MS Dhoni explains reason behind toss decision!
After the toss, MS Dhoni said that CSK would be bowling first due to the match happening in late evening. He said that the pitch will get dew and it will be tacky at the start. He went onto reveal that his team coped well with their controversial start in UAE, and are doing good. He also revealed that it was good to resume training after quarantine and the practice facilities have been good.
MS Dhoni wins toss! Chennai Super Kings to field first!
MS Dhoni has won the toss. Chennai Super Kings will be fielding first in the IPL 2020 opener against Mumbai Indians.
Toss beckons, as MS Dhoni leads CSK in the pre-match preparations!
MS Dhoni can be seen training in the stadium with his teammates. Toss is coming, but all eyes are on the former Indian captain. Can he prove his critics wrong by putting in a strong display today?
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Can Mumbai Indians stretch their winning streak against Chennai Super Kings?
Mumbai Indians have a higher hand against Chennai Super Kings coming into this match, after having won all of the last five matches between these two teams. Can Rohit Sharma lead his side to another win?
Ravindra Jadeja crucial to CSK’s team plan?
Ravindra Jadeja will be crucial to CSK’s team plan. With Harbhajan Singh and Suresh Raina pulling out, he could be MS Dhoni’s most trusted asset in this season. In 170 IPL matches, he has scored 1927 runs, notched 108 wickets. He will be aiming to start this season on a strong note. CSK will rely on his fielding skills to a huge extent which is one of his strong qualities.
Rohit Sharma to continue his hot form against CSK?
Rohit Sharma will be aiming to continue with his hot form against CSK. He has registered 705 runs against them in 27 IPL fixtures. He is also only the second batsman to score 700-plus runs against CSK. He has also slammed 59 fours against them, which is the second-highest in terms of fours in the IPL against CSK.
MS Dhoni to shine for CSK?
Against Mumbai Indians in the IPL, MS Dhoni has scored 663 runs at a strike rate of 130.77 and 34.89 average. He has also registered seven half-centuries and has not been adjudged out 10 times. Can he put in a good display tonight?
Rohit Sharma vs MS Dhoni!
In the first match, it will Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai Indians squaring off against MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings. Both teams were involved in a thrilling contest in last year’s final and fans will be hoping for another exciting contest between two of the IPL’s most successful teams.
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