IPL 2020: Match 1, Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings – MyTeam11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update
Hardik Pandya, MS Dhoni or Rohit Sharma? Who will be a better captain option for this match?
Updated - Sep 18, 2020 7:53 pm
The 1st match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 will be played between the Mumbai Indians and the Chennai Super Kings at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
This game is scheduled to start at 07:30 PM IST (06:00 PM local time) (02:00 PM UTC). The game will be telecasted on the Star Sports Network (Available in English, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Bengali). Also, live streaming will be available on Disney+ Hotstar.
Finally, the long wait is set to end. After crossing so many hurdles and almost six months after the earlier scheduled start, the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is set to get underway. It will be a blockbuster clash between the defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) and three-time champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK). It would also mean that MS Dhoni will be marking his return on the field after more than 400 days.
The Men in Yellow, however, will miss Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh who have pulled out of the tournament. Even MI are without their veteran bowler Lasith Malinga. But that hasn’t taken the sheen off the season opener. The likes of Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult, Hardik Pandya among many others will be in action and it will definitely be a thrilling encounter.
Probable Playing XIs
Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Nathan Coulter-Nile/Mitchell McClenaghan, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah.
Bench: Saurabh Tiwary, Chris Lynn, Anmolpreet Singh, Sherfane Rutherford, Prince Balwant Rai, Anukul Roy, Aditya Tare, Digvijay Deshmukh, James Pattinson, Mohsin Khan, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jayant Yadav, Nathan Coulter-Nile/Mitchell McClenaghan.
Chennai Super Kings:
Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, DJ Bravo, Piyush Chawla, Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir/Lungi Ngidi, Shardul Thakur.
Bench: Murali Vijay, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Monu Kumar, Mitchell Santner, Sam Curran, N Jagadeesan, KM Asif, Karn Sharma, Sai Kishore, Josh Hazlewood, Imran Tahir/Lungi Ngidi.
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for MyTeam11 Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – MS Dhoni, Quinton de Kock
Batters – Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson (VC), Suryakumar Yadav, Rohit Sharma
All-Rounders – Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya (C)
Bowlers – Deepak Chahar, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for MyTeam11 Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Quinton de Kock (C)
Batters – Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, Suryakumar Yadav (VC), Rohit Sharma
All-Rounders – Dwayne Bravo, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya
Bowlers – Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir
Injury & Availability News
According to reports, players from England and Australia will be in quarantine only for 36 hours. So accordingly, Sam Curran and Josh Hazlewood will be available for this match.
Ruturaj Gaikwad is yet to recover from COVID-19 and is still in isolation. He will not play this match.
When it is UAE, you don’t expect rain. You expect an extremely hot and humid day and the players will be definitely facing it throughout the tournament.
It is like a start of the T20 season in Abu Dhabi as well. Generally, the pitch is known to be quite slow and the spinners get assistance. But the surface could be a bit better for batting as this is the first match of the tournament.
Average first innings score: 120 (Last three T20Is played at this venue)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 1, Lost – 2, Tied – 0
MVP for MyTeam11 Fantasy from each team
Hardik Pandya – Mumbai Indians – The all-rounder is making a comeback after a long layoff from injury and he will be hungry to perform. He will bat mostly at five or six and if needed at four according to the situations and will definitely contribute four overs with the ball. He will give a lot of MyTeam11 Fantasy points.
MS Dhoni – Chennai Super Kings – Many will feel he will be rusty but he is MS Dhoni. He has been tonking the ball cleanly in the nets and expect him to make a strong statement on a comeback. Moreover, Dhoni will be batting at four and will look to bat through the innings which makes him a must-have player in your Fantasy XI.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection
Captain Options: Hardik Pandya, Quinton de Kock, MS Dhoni
Vice-Captain Options: Shane Watson, Ravindra Jadeja, Suryakumar Yadav
Chennai Super Kings are expected to win this match.