CSK vs MI: Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians will face off in UAE Round 1.© BCCI / IPL
Just over four and a half months after the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) season was suspended due to the second wave of COVID-19 in India, the season is expected to resume on Sunday, this time in the United Arab Emirates. The Mumbai Indians (MI), led by Rohit Sharma, five-time tournament winners and champions in the last two editions, will face the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) of MS Dhoni on the opening day of the UAE stage. united with the Dubai International. Cricket stadium. When the season was suspended in May, CSK was second on the IPL points table with 10 points in seven games while the defending champions were just a few points away from fourth.
After winning four of their seven games, MI will look to bolster their playoff hopes with a win on Sunday, which will put them tied on points with CSK.
With skipper Rohit joining MI squad after completing a mandatory six-day quarantine, returning from the canceled Manchester test against England, the team received a timely boost ahead of the opening game of the United Arab Emirates.
The Pandya brothers – Hardik and Krunal – could be the key to MI’s chances for the remainder of the season while Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult are expected to lead the attack.
Rohit, Kock’s Quinton, Suryakumar Yadav and Kieron Pollard, among others, are expected to carry the team’s striking hopes.
For CSK, the goal would be to continue from where they started in the first half of the season. Veterans MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina bring serious experience to batting training while Lungi Ngidi hopes to shine with the ball.
Ruturaj Gaikwad has had an impressive first half of the campaign and expectations will be high from the 24-year-old batsman. Ravindra Jadeja and Shardul Thakur are expected to contribute both at bat and ball.
While Sunday’s result doesn’t significantly affect either teams’ playoff hopes, it may give an indication of what might happen to us for the remainder of the campaign.
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