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IPL 2020 Updates: CSK Team Leaves for Abu Dhabi for MI Clash

MI vs CSK, IPL 2020 Schedule, IPL 2020 Live updates: The tournament opens with 2019 finalists Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians playing the first game in Abu Dhabi, one of three venues being used in UAE.

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Mahi quips on socila distancing 

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Dhoni wins the toss! CSK will be bowling first.

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Bhavna Balakrishnan is ready in traditional wear to anchor the 1st match of IPL 2020.

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The coin flip is approaching and the stadium is looking absolutely fine and ready for the 1st match of IPL 2020.

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Mumbai Indians is on their way to the Sheikh Zayed Stadium for their 1st match of IPL 2020. 

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Sourav Ganguly and Jay Shah on their way to Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

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"The fact that there is no crowds on the ground, I actually think that probably puts less pressure on the players," Ponting said. "The less noise and everything there probably creates less pressure," he said. "Playing in front of an empty stadium will be different ... but once we start I think it is going to be about our group creating their own atmosphere and own energy on the ground and not expecting the crowds actually in the stadium to lift us up and anything like that."

17:11 (IST)

The tournament opens with 2019 finalists Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians playing the first game in Abu Dhabi, one of three venues being used in UAE.

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Delhi Capitals' coach Ricky Ponting on Saturday said that there would be less pressure on the players in the coronavirus-hit IPL because the matches are being played in behind closed doors. 

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Suresh Raina isn't here for the IPL opener, but his good wishes are with CSK

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CSK team has started for Abu Dhabi

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Less than three hours to go for the toss. Mumbai Indians have won five of their last five encounters against Chennai Super Kings, including the final of IPL 2019. It will take a big effort from CSK to reverse that trend.

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Wishes from the KKR owner!

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The CSK prep video

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In case you missed it, match starts at 7.30 PM IST. Where to watch: Star Sports/Disney + Hotstar.

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Will there be whistles today?

IPL 2020 Updates: CSK Team Leaves for Abu Dhabi for MI Clash

IPL 2020, MI vs CSK, Match 1, Latest Updates: The tournament opens with 2019 finalists Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians playing the first game in Abu Dhabi, one of three venues being used in UAE.

MI vs CSK, IPL 2020 Match 1 Preview: The two most decorated teams in the history of the tournament, finalists of the 2019 IPL, Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings will do battle once again in the much awaited opening game of IPL 2020 which will be played behind closed doors. The opening match of will be played in the Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Saturday.


CSK suffered two major setbacks as Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh opted out citing personal reasons. How MS Dhoni fills in the big boots of the two senior pros will be one of the things every one will have their eyes on.

However, who replaces Raina will be known only when matches begin. With Ruturaj Gaikwad also being ruled out of the campaign opener, Kedhar Jadhav may be asked to bat at No. 3. CSK have the option of opening with Faf du Plessis and Watson. But juggling the foreign players and including then in the XI is also something the team management will have to look at. A maximum of four foreigners can be part of a playing XI, and Watson and Dwayne Bravo could be among the automatic starters.

In the bowling department, either Lungi Ngidi or Josh Hazlewood could make the cut. CSK is expected to rely on South African Imran Tahir while Mitchell Santner of New Zealand so far spin is concerned.

Harbhajan and Ravindra Jadeja could have formed a lethal spin attack. However, with Harbhajan missing, Tahir's experience will become priceless. In such a situation, du Plessis could to miss the tournament opener, as the South African could find a berth in the XI if Dhoni opts to go with leg-spinner Piyush Chawla.

The middle-order batting will once again rely on Bravo and the skipper Dhoni himself as both of them are capable of rotating the strike, accelerating the run-rate, and even changing the outcome of the game.

In the pace department, Shardul Thakur and Deepak Chahar will lead the charge. If the situation demands, Chahar can be handy with the bat. It will be seen on the match day how the Chennai team management utilises Ngidi and Hazlewood.

On the other hand, three-time champions Mumbai Indians have strengthened their batting after signing swashbuckling Aussie batter Chris Lynn. Mumbai could pose a major threat to their opponents as Rohit has confirmed that he would open the innings with Quinton de Kock. The duo had accumulated a massive 565 runs from 15 games together last year. While Rohit gathered 405, the South African stumper amassed a massive 529 runs and if the duo repeat the show, the Chennai bowlers would experience a tough time in their campaign opener.

The other opening options, possibly in an emergency, are former Australia all-rounder Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu. In the middle-order, Mumbai enjoys many options with the likes of experienced Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya and his brother Krunal. Sherfane Rutherford and Saurabh Tiwary are the other options for Mumbai.

Looking at the pitches in the UAE and their expected behavior, low and slow that will help spinners more, CSK hold an edge over Mumbai as they have Bravo in their ranks, who has the ability to utilise such conditions while Watson's experience could also come handy. Also, with Jadeja, Santner, and Piyush in their side, Chennai have more spin options than their opponents.

Overall, the two sides have met 30 times in the history of the IPL, with Mumbai winning 18 matches and CSK the rest.

WHAT: IPL 2020, Match 1

WHEN: September 19, 730PM IST

WHERE: Abu Dhabi

TELECAST: Star Sports Network

LIVE STREAMING: Disney + Hotstar


MI: Rohit Sharma (captain), Sherfane Rutherford, Suryakumar Yadav, Anmolpreet Singh, Chris Lynn, Saurabh Tiwary, Ishan Kishan, Quinton de Kock (wicket-keeper), Aditya Tare, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Anukul Roy, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaspreet Bumrah, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Mohsin Khan, Prince Balwant Rai Singh, Digvijay Deshmukh, Jayant Yadav, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Pattinson

CSK: MS Dhoni (captain/wicket-keeper), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Narayan Jagadeesan (wicket-keeper), KM Asif , Ravindra Jadeja, M Vijay, Josh Hazlewood, Kedar Jadhav, Harbhajan Singh, Karn Sharma, Piyush Chawla, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Imran Tahir , Deepak Chahar, Faf du Plessis, Shardul Thakur, Mitchell Santner, Dwayne Bravo, Lungi Ngidi, Sam Curran, Monu Kumar, Shane Watson, Sai Kishore

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