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1.4 overs: FOUR! Wide outside off from Sam Curran and Rohit hits it past the point fielder and the ball once again races to the fence. This outfield looks pretty quick. Rohit looking in sublime touch at the moment. MI 17/0
End of 1st over: 12 runs from Deepak Chahar’s first over including a couple of boundaries. Sam Curran to share the new ball with Deepak from the other end. MI 12/0
0.4 overs: FOUR! Quinton de Kock joins the party as well. On the pads this time from Deepak Chahar and De Kock comfortably pushes it through the mid-wicket region to collect his first boundary. MI 9/0
0.1 overs: FOUR! Boundary first ball. And what a cracking start from Rohit Sharma. Half volley outside off from Deepak Chahar and Rohit hits it through covers to start the tournament with a boundary. The ball races to the fence. First slip is immediately removed by MS Dhoni. MI 4/0
A slight delay because of some problem with the sight screen but Rohit Sharma and CSK are now all set for the first ball. PLAY called by the umpire.
Deepak Chahar will open the proceedings for Chennai and is on his mark. Rohit Sharma to face the first ball of the tournament. Two slips in place for Deepak. Here we go!

MI vs CSK head to head in IPL
MI won 17
CSK won 11
CSK players led by MS Dhoni are out in the middle along with the match officials. Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock are also making their way out to the centre. We are just moments away from the start.
Playing XI for both teams
Chennai Super Kings: 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

Mumbai Indians: 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

Captains at the toss
Rohit Sharma: Would’ve bowled first as well, gets better under lights. Have been here few weeks, so understand conditions better. Before coming here, we had a camp in Mumbai. Also had quality practice out here in Abu Dhabi. Key here will be to understand conditions. Pitches for the practice matches will be similar to what we’ll get here. Ready to go. Way we’ve been playing cricket for the last couple of years has been good. All in all we’ve had good preparation. Now all about execution. Four overseas – Quinton, Pollard, Pattinson, Boult. NCN still not quite match fit with some niggles. Good opportunity for Pattinson who’s been bowling well for Australia.
MS Dhoni: Wanted to know if we can have a slip (in line with social distancing). Will bowl first. Late evening you get dew. Also to keep wicket in good condition they water it, so it tends to be tacky at the start. Have the liberty during lockdown to spend time on yourself to keep fit. Have to applaud every member of the squad. First six days in quarantine is very difficult. Felt each individual used that time well and nobody was disappointed or frustrated. The practice facilities were very good. After the first 14 days it was nice to get out. Being a gentleman’s game you don’t think about revenge (against MI). You think about the mistakes you made. Four overseas – Watto, Faf, Sam and Lungi.
TOSS NEWS: Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni wins toss, opts to bowl against Mumbai Indians in season opener.

Fact– The last time IPL was partially held in UAE back in 2014, KKR emerged as the eventual champions.
CSK, on the other hand have had a rollercoaster of a ride even before the start of the tournament with COVID cases in their camp and veterans Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh pulling out. Skipper MS Dhoni, with a depleted side will have a mountain to climb if he has to take his team into the playoffs from here.
Comparing the two teams, Mumbai Indians seem to have the balance slightly tilted more to their favour with Rohit, Pandya brothers — Hardik and Krunal — the indomitable Kieron Pollard and the ‘King of Death’ bowling Jasprit Bumrah giving it a menacing look.
This evening, Rohit Sharma’s defending champions Mumbai Indians will be locking horns with Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings in what is likely to be a fittingly exciting opening showdown
After close to three weeks of practice in the bio-secure bubble and the Australia and England players recently joining in from the United Kingdom, all the 8 franchises now look prepared and rearing to go for the 53-day tournament that will have a total of 60 matches.

With the world, including India, still finding it difficult to cope up with COVID-19 challenges, the 13th edition of the tournament comes as a sigh of relief for the cricket frenzy nation and with a promise of being a happy distraction.
Hello and welcome to TimesofIndia.com live coverage of the lung opener of IPL 2020 between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings, being played at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.





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