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With only four matches left in the remaining fixtures of league stages of IPL, only Mumbai Indians have cemented a place in the playoffs and one team(CSK) has been knocked out. The other six teams are still in the battle to enter the playoffs.

Delhi Capitals:

Four huge defeats consecutively have put DC into huge trouble. After seeming to be a title contender in the 1st half of the tour, they’ve put them into huge trouble. All they need is a win against RCB and RCB does need the same. This has put the match tomorrow into a cracker of a night. They need at least 2 of 3 scenarios given below to place a birth on the playoffs.

  • KXIP to lose against CSK, so that KXIP finishes with 12 points.
  • SRH to lose against MI and finish with 12 points.(Note: SRH has the second best better NRR).
  • KKR-RR result doesn’t affect much but their NRR must not overtake DC’s NRR.

Royal Challengers Bangalore:

Like Delhi Capitals, RCB must also win their remaining match against DC. If they win against DC they will seal their playoffs birth. If they lose tomorrow, they are going to depend on other results for their qualification as their NRR is below KXIP and SRH.

  • KXIP to lose against CSK in today’s fixture.
  • Sunrisers to lose against Mumbai Indians and finish with 12 points.
  • Winner of KKR vs RR must not overtake RCB’s NRR.

Sunrisers Hyderabad:

Sunrisers are back on track after their two wins against DC and RCB and increasing their NRR to +0.555 and had a great leap to the 4th spot. They have the second-best NRR at present. Surprisingly they are the only team who need not depend on the other teams for their qualification and have their fate in their own hands.

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Their job is simply to get a win in their next fixture, but the problem is they are going to face the mighty Mumbai Indians. So it’s a big fixture for them against MI in Sharjah. Win and get in or lose to be eliminated is what their task ahead.

Kings XI Punjab:

After coming back strongly with five wins in a row, RR’s fighting chase had brought them down. Their next match is against CSK today. If they win today, they will finish with 14 points and with an NRR better than the loser of RCB vs DC which is going to play tomorrow. Even if they win today against CSK, they have to depend on either of the two scenarios.

  • SRH to lose against MI (or)
  • RR vs KKR, the winning team must not win with a bigger margin.
  • If Punjab loses to CSK they will be eliminated.

Rajasthan Royals:

They are coming back with two good fighting wins against MI and KXIP. The direct way for RR getting into the playoffs is to win against KKR today and Punjab to lose against CSK and Sunrisers lose to Mumbai Indians. Some long story is needed for RR to qualify for the playoffs. Even if they win today, they can get knocked if Punjab and SRH win as they have a better NRR than RR. If they lose they are eliminated today.

Kolkata Knight Riders:

Their defeat against CSK is a huge blow for them at a crucial juncture. Since KKR has the second-lowest NRR(-0.467) and has the least qualification chances but they can qualify if they secure a win today.

The best they can do is to beat RR today and wait for KXIP and SRH to lose in their fixtures. In a clear picture, KKR and RR need a win with a big margin so that they can go in with a better NRR than KXIP and the loser of RCB vs DC.

The loser of KKR vs RR will be eliminated.

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CSK vs SRH: With 13 matches over till now, this season of IPL made sure all the teams had faced a loss within a span of 12 matches in this season. It’s getting to so tough to predict who will sit on the top 4.

CSK vs SRH

With so much happening around this season, the Super Kings have been kept quiet in their last 2 matches. Not only by losing it, but they also looked they’ve lost it in the halfway of the match. They are still looking for a perfect playing11 in this season. With MS Dhoni hinting about the sixth bowling option for his team in the post-match presentation against DC, fans are eager to see the changes in the team.

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With Rayudu and Bravo have recovered from their injury, they have a good chance to bring back them into the 11. Especially Rayudu at the top playing Watson. Bringing Bravo into the 11 can create chaos in the overseas quota. But Bravo with his tons of experience can always be helpful for CSK with the ball as well as with the bat.

On the other hand, SRH has rejuvenated themselves by registering their first win of this against DC after starting with two losses. They have brought in Kane again and made the batting look better than before and Natarajan bowling those yorkers towards the end to Pant and Stoinis, seems like SRH has got some positive vibes before this match.

Stats and Strategies to look for:

Teams won the toss had chosen 36 out of 55 times to bowl first in Dubai since 2018, but batting first teams has a slight edge winning 29 out of 55. Even in this year of IPL, bowling 1st team has only won twice but the captains are opting to bowl first.

Looking forward to this game, the Watson-Bhuvneshwar contest will be a key one. Bhuvneshwar has dismissed Watson 3 times with just a strike rate of 94. But Shane Watson has an incredible record against SRH scoring two fifties and a century against them.

MS Dhoni needs two more sixes to cross 300 sixes in T20s.

Natarajan has bowled 16 yorkers in his three games this year and made his team win against DC with 6 of them came in that match.

Manish Pandey need 69 more runs to get pass 3000 IPL runs to become 12th Indian batsmen to do do.

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Likely playing 11 of both the teams:

Chennai Super Kings:

Shane Watson, R Gaikwad/N Jagadheesan, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(c)(wk), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Josh Hazlewood.

Sunrisers Hyderabad:

David Warner(c), Johnny Bairstow(wk), Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Abdul Samad, Abhishek Sharma, Priyam Garg, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, T Natarajan.

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In the last match both the teams played, they managed to score above 200 thanks to Samson for RR and Rahul for KXIP, especially Rahul with an end flourish to make a record-breaking 100 by an Indian Batsman and an Indian Captain.

RR vs KXIP:

The Royals will be seen boosted today after their previous match performance especially their opener Jos Buttler returning to their team. Some dangerous power-hitting can be seen today if they fire together.

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But Buttler playing at the middle order will give them some solidity in place of David Miller so that their top-order will remain untouched after a good performance against CSK.

With RR’s top order looking strong, Shami can be the key bowler for KXIP today with the new ball along with Cottrell. These two has been threatening in both of the matches and can be helpful to get a good start with the ball.

Kings XI has held Gayle on the bench so far. With the grounds are smaller, will he be given a chance? Seeing the conditions Pooran will be given another chance it seems. But looking at the two leggies at RR, Gayle will also be a good option. It also seems too harsh to drop Pooran after two matches.

Stats and Strategy to look for:

Samson needs two more sixes to get passed 100 sixes in IPL and Maxwell with nine more to get passed the landmark.

Jos Buttler needs 97 runs to get an astonishing 6000 T20 runs.

Jofra Archer’s best figures of 3 for 15 comes against KXIP in 2019.

KXIP’s opening pair has an average of 50.8 which is the highest by any team since 2019 in IPL.

Likely 11s of both the teams:

Rajasthan Royals:

Steven Smith (c), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler (wk), Robin Uthappa, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Jodra Archer, Tom Curran, Rahul Tewatia, Jaydev Unadkat.

Kings XI Punjab:

KL Rahul (c)(wk), Mayank Agarwal, N Pooran/C Gayle, Karun Nair, Glenn Maxwell, Sarfaraz Khan, Jimmy Neesham/Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Sheldon Cottrell, M Ashwin.

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KXIP defeated RCB by 97 runs, thanks to their captain who lead them from the front and scored a match-winning knock of 132 which is the highest score by an Indian batsman and by an Indian captain.

CSK vs DC:

It’s the old vs young. Let’s see who has the upper hand. Although MS wasn’t playing more than 12 months the focus was more on him than any other player. In the last match, he batted lower-down the order making others play which backfired at him. This debate went on a rage for the past few days and we will be findings answers in today’s clash.

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The bad news for CSK is Ambati Rayudu and Dwayne Bravo will not be available for today’s match but they are recovering well which is a good sign.

Good news for DC is Ashwin is seen training in the gym in his recent instagram post.

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Stats and Strategies to look for:

Rishab Pant has been a key man for DC since 2018, averaging 40 and a strike rate of above 150. But Lungi has the upper hand over pant bowling six balls dismissing him 2 times conceding only 7 runs.

Although Shane Watson hasn’t had a good start, he can be explosive in the middle overs. He has the strike rate of 185 and hits boundaries every 3.8 balls from overs 7-15 which will be key for CSK. DC’s bowlers Axar and Mishra had dismissed him 5 and 6 times respectively and those two are their trump cards against Watson.

Since 2019, Sam Curran has the strike rate of 194 which is the second best to Andre Russel, considering minimum of 100 runs.

MS Dhoni needs two more sixes to reach 300 sixes in T20s.

Rabada has taken at least 2 wickets in his last 8 matches in IPL, equalling Lasith Malinga who did in 2012. Can he do it again to cross Malinga’s record?

Likely 11s of CSK and DC:

Chennai Super Kings:

Shane Watson, Murali Vijay, Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Lungi Ngidi.

Delhi Capitals:

Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Shimron Hetmyer, Rishab Pant, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Mohit Sharma, A Nortje.

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After finishing with a comfortable win for MI against KKR, we are going to match number 6 of Dream11 IPL 2020. It’s the RCB who are going to face KXIP. Previously, RCB started off with a win, and KXIP, unfortunately, couldn’t finish the game in their hand which went to the super over where we witnessed Rabada’s brilliance.

KXIP vs RCB:

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With today’s match to start off in a few hours, both the teams may go unchanged as both the teams did well with some improvements to do. Considering today’s match the Karnataka’s Bangalore is going to face Punjab filled with Karnataka players in the likes of Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, Karun Nair, K Gowtham, J Suchith and also their bowling coach Anil Kumble.

After facing their 1st match, both the teams have some things to address. KXIP must look for their death bowling to improve and Jordan may get one more chance to play. Considering RCB their lower-order batting will be questioned if their top-order plays as they a new face Philippe to play the finisher role.

Stats and Strategy to look for:

RCB’s Yuzi Chahal has made Maxwell as his bunny dismissing 5 times out of 8 matches conceding 80 runs off 52 balls.

KXIP’s Ravi Bishnoi may look young and inexperienced but he will be handy playing against Virat and AB and must well to prove his presence with his wrong-uns.

Since 2019, RCB(11.2) and KXIP(10.5) has two the three worst death-overs economy rates in the IPL. But RCB’s death batting with Virat, AB and Moeen Ali having Strike Rate of around 215 in the slog overs.

KL Rahul is yet to complete his 2000 IPL runs who may do it today in his 60th innings, making a record of fastest Indian to score 2000 runs and 3rd overall fastest in IPL next to Chris Gayle(48) and Shaun Marsh(52).

Dale Steyn needs 3 wickets to to complete his tally of 100 IPL wickets.

KXIP is Chahal’s favorite opponent in IPL as he has taken 19 wickets so far at an average of 16.0 and a Strike Rate of 12.4.

Likely 11s of two teams:

Royal Challengers Bangalore:

Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli(c), Ab de Villiers, Josh Philippe, Shivam Dube, W Sundar, Umesh Yadav, Dale Steyn, N Saini, Y Chahal.

Kings XI Punjab:

KL Rahul(c)(wk), Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Sarfaraz Khan, K Gowtham, Chris Jordan/Mujeeb ur Rahman, M Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Sheldon Cottrell.

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We had a good nail-biter yesterday. Some injuries were also part of that, hope the players especially Marsh comeback soon for SRH. With only 3 days over, we are on the 4th day of IPL2020 and RR is going to take on CSK in match 4 of Dream11 IPL 2020.

Can Smith produce a quality 11 for RR amidst Buttler and Stokes not playing in today’s match?

Coming into today’s match RR is forced to fit their foreign players as Stokes returns to his family in New Zealand and Buttler still in quarintine, Smith has to provide a 11 with the limited options available.

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But fortunately, they some good options too, in the likes of Yashasvi Jaiswal, Robin Uthappa, Tom Curran, and David Miller. Particularly Jaiswal and Uthappa can open the innings and if they fire, RR can surely provide some good results.

Tom Curran and David Miller will be a good option to replace Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler. Tom Curran has performed well in the recently played Eng vs Aus series and had a good BBL season last year playing for his team Sydney Sixers to clinch the title.

Considering CSK, Ruturaj Gaikwad has been tested negative and will be for selection in today’s match. With today’s match is set to play in a high scoring venue Sharjah, MS may think of a 6th bowling option Shardul Thakur replacing Murali Vijay who had a bad day in their first match against MI.

Stats and Strategies to look up for:

In the last season of IPL other than Buttler there were no other batsmen with a strike rate above 120. This can be addressed if Miller has a good season because when previously played in UAE at 2014, he had the 3rd highest Strike Rate.

Ravindra Jadeja has dismissed Smith 6 times so far and this can make MS to hold up Jadeja’s 4 overs to attack against Smith.

Jofra Archer has dismissed Ambati Rayudu twice and Shane Watson once which is a worrying stat for CSK as already there are too many top-order woes since last season.

Since 2018 CSK had won 3 out of 4 times against the Royals.

The chasing teams has won 26 out of 46 T20s played in Sharjah and the pacers has dominated here taking 64% of wickets since 2018.

The average score here is 161 and the average winning score is 175 since 2018. It clearly depicts the chasing team has the upper hand here.

Likely playing 11s of RR and CSK:

Rajasthan Royals:

Robin Uthappa, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson(wk), Steve Smith(c), David Miller, Riyan Parag, Tom Curran, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Varun Aaron/ Ankit Rajpoot

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Chennai Super Kings:

Shane Watson, M Vijay, Ambati Rayudu, Faf du Plessis, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Lungi Ngidi.

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Just after two days of beginning the Dream11 IPL 2020, we have witnessed a super over in yesterday’s match between DC and KXIP. We are on the 3rd day of the IPL 2020. Today is a South-Indian rival between SRH and RCB.

SRH vs RCB: A South-Indian rival

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A rival that isn’t sound on verbal volleys between fans, but between players, there is some competition going every year. Right from the 2016 final of IPL, there is some good contest between these two teams. Some thrillers and some upsets were part of this clash.

SRH has the edge over RCB and has the head to head of 8-6. Since 2018, each teams has won 2 matches. There has never been a season with one team dominating the other completely.

Considering RCB, they are the one team which looks the strongest on paper right from the 1st season, but unfortunately in the 12 seasons they played they have qualified for 3 finals and never won any. But their loyal fans still have the hope, that their team will win a title for them.

Their problems with all the seasons they have played so far is their team is over-dependant on the duo Virat and AB. Also, they never had a good death bowler who can restrict the opponent. This season they have some answers for that by buying Chris Morris and Aaron Finch. With Dale Steyn already in their team, Morris would be a good addition to their bowling attack.

On the other side, SRH has never looked strong on the paper, but they have won a season beating RCB at 2016 and finishing runners up at 2018 losing against CSK. SRH has announced that David Warner will be leading their side this time after 2 seasons.

Stats and Strategy to look for

The duo of Ab and Virat is one of the toughest to bowl against, but both these batsmen are susceptible to legspin especially their googlies. With Rashid Khan on the other waiting at the bowlers end, will this end up in a good contest is the question. Well we will get the answer for this tonight.

Rashid Khan has an incredible economy of 5.6 in UAE which would be a threat for any teams with the tournament progresses.

Ab de Villiers is 3 short of 400 sixes in T20s and we are sure he will reach this feat tonight. But his partner Virat Kohli averages just 17.5 against SRH with a Strike Rate of 121. With RCB’s chances of winning, it lies heavily on AB and Virat and surely they will fire tonight.

Likely 11 of SRH and RCB

Sunrisers Hyderabad

David Warner(c), Johnny Bairstow(wk), Priyam Garg, Manish Pandey, Mohd. Nabi, Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed.

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Aaron Finch, Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli(c), Ab de Villiers(wk), Moeen Ali, S Dube, W Sundar, C Morris/ D Steyn, U Yadav, Saini , Chahal.

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With just a day passed in the dream11 IPL 2020, we have seen some good cricket yesterday’s match between the rivals MI and CSK. There was some rustiness from the players since they were playing after a long break. Although the ground fielding was poor from both the sides, expecting the players to improve game after games.

The powerhouse DC vs the solid looking KXIP

It’s the second day of the Dream11 IPL 2020 and we are at match number 2. It’s the Iyer lead DC vs the KL Rahul lead KXIP. These two young captains have a point to prove as a captain, with Iyer already a proven captain in last year’s IPL. But these two teams are coached by some brilliantly experienced coaches in the likes of Ricky Ponting for DC and Anil Kumble for KXIP.

DC vs KXIP
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Interestingly, these two teams have never won the title. This time with the likes of KL Rahul, Glenn Maxwell, R Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Nicholas Pooran, and Rishab Pant both the teams are serious contenders for the top 4 and even the title, especially DC with their team composition having players suiting for different roles. They are dynamic this year.

But both the teams will be under pressure and has a point to prove in today’s match. They have to find their strengths and weaknesses and adapt to the conditions so quickly. That’s where every team should look upon.

Stats and strategy to look for

Playing in Dubai, the average 1st innings score is 152. So a score of 160 will be par and teams must bowl according to the conditions to defend this total. Batting 1st team has won 25 times and batting 2d team has won 26 times. So it will tough to predict the results just with a toss of the match.

KXIP’s Mujeeb as a better record over both DC’s Rishab Pant and Hetmyer. He has dismissed both the batsmen twice each. So to dry up the firepower of DC, Mujeeb will play a key role in Punjab’s success in today’s match.

Glenn Maxwell, Nicholas Pooran, and Chris Gayle are the serious batting firepowers of KXIP. But playing all three can make Punjab’s bowling vulnerable, with Mujeeb already a contender of overseas slots, they also need a foreign pacer to strengthen the bowling attack. So there may be chances of Chris Gayle playing a mentor role for the youngsters. Considering the recent form of both Maxwell and Pooran, obviously, they can’t drop both.

Ricky Ponting hinted that there is a bit of grass cover on Dubai wicket. So we can expect him playing three pacers. With Rabada and Ishant will be his obvious choice, Nortje or Daniel Sams will be his third choice. Provided an ample experience from their Indian spinners in the likes of Ravi Ashwin and Amit Mishra, Lamichchane might miss this game so that they give chance to the pacers in this track.

With Hetmyer, Rabada, and Daniel Sams featuring the starting 11, their third overseas can be one among Carey, Stoinis, and Keemo Paul. If Carey plays, they will be left to an option of just 5 bowlers. Stoinis and Paul can be handy with their cutters in the middle overs.

Glenn Maxwell has a good head to head with DC’s Ashwin scoring 107 of 49 balls but the other spinner Mishra has the upper hand over Maxwell dismissing 4 out of 5 times playing each other.

Likely playing 11 of DC and KXIP

Delhi Capitals

Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rishab Pant(wk), S Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis/Alex Carey, Axar Patel, R Ashwin, K Rabada, Ishant Sharma, D Sams/ A Nortje.

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Kings XI Punjab

KL Rahul(c)(wk), M Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, Glenn Maxwell, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, K Gowtham, Chris Jordan, J Suchith / R Bishnoi, M Shami, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

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Time flies and all we have are memories. Today 12 years ago, Yuvraj Singh took Stuart Broad to the cleaners to perform a historic feat in Durban during India’s league match in the opening World T20 against England.

September 19, 2019, marks the 12th anniversary of Yuvraj’s historic achievement against an unhappy Brad following a verbal argument with Andrew Flintoff. Although we never know if it has stopped the UV, what we do know is that it is a night to remember?

Yuvraj was dismissed after a verbal altercation with England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff at the end of the 18th over. Then, left-hander, Stuart Broad took 36 off six balls in the 19th over to take the cleaners.

The play started when Men in Blue were in the first innings at the end of the 18th overs on 171/3. Yuvraj and later Captain MS. Since Dhoni was in crease, both of them were trying to complete maximum by collecting more runs in death overs.

Yuvraj hit Andrew Flintoff for two fours in the 18th over, which angered the England bowler. The pair engaged in a major argument, which ended after the intervention of the umpires on the field.

However, the verbal argument was that it provoked Yuvraj and it was Stuart Broad who bore the brunt of his attack in the next over.

In the 19th over of the innings, the Punjab left-arm batsman ensured that England paid the price for their high aggression and hit six consecutive maximums from Broad.

The first was followed by a deep mid-wicket, the next over by a backward square foot, the third by a wide long over, then by a swat at a deep point for a full toss, the fifth by a hike over a square foot, and finally by a wide hit wide.

Yuvraj hits a 50 of 12 balls!!

In the process, the Punjab-boy hit a fifty off 12 balls, the first time a T20I had taken place. This is the fastest fifty to date in the short form of the game.

Yuvraj Singh eventually finished with 58 off 16 balls (three fours and seven sixes) as India scored 218 for 4. In return, England was restricted to 200/6, giving India an 18-run victory.
India finally became world T20 champions in a thrilling final on September 24 in Johannesburg.

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Delays and discussions here and there and finally Dream11 IPL is set to begin on September 19, makes the Indian cricket fans keep buzzing. With the start of a play under pandemic situations, fans are kept alive by their franchise and are dominating the internet. This season of IPL can help us to forget how broken we are.

El Clasico – MI vs CSK: What to expect

No two teams have won so many IPL titles, no two teams have played more matches each other and no two teams have stayed till the end more number of times to entertain their fans. Not more than this needed to get an opening match for a cash-rich tournament and this clash is well suited to be called an El Clasico.

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This clash is set to play at Abu Dhabi which is the base for Mumbai Indians. CSK to travel and no time to assess the conditions and are going to taste the conditions for the first time tomorrow which is a big challenge for the 3-time champions.

The change in the quarantine period for England and Australian players in the likes of Sam Curran, Josh Hazlewood helps them to get into the team right from 1st match of the season.

Though MI has an edge over CSK in the head to head winning 8 out of the last 10 clashes, they have also never won their opening games since their last win in 2012.

In the absence of key-players like Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, and Lasith Malinga, this clash will absolutely miss these legends in play. Especially CSK missing out both their MR.IPL and their only off-spinner, expecting how they turn the tables in today’s clash.

Stats to look for:

CSK’s pacer Deepak Chahar has dismissed MI’s skipper Rohit Sharma 2 times out of the 6 innings in the powerplay and has conceded only 29 runs in 24 balls. Waiting to see how Chahar going to play this time.

MI’s strong death bowling and CSK’s over dependant on MS Dhoni last year towards the end of the innings is one of the clashes we are waiting for. However, MI managed to pull things off where Bumrah dismissed CSK’s captain 3 times and conceded just 39 runs in 33 balls.

CSK’s success last year was taking early wickets in the powerplay. This helped MS to maneuver their spinners in the middle overs. They have taken 56 wickets since 2018 especially 25 wickets by Chahar. Will they continue this trend against the team which has a deep hard-hitting line-up.

The total scores by a team in a T20 match never got big in UAE. The average first innings score in Abu Dhabi in the last 2 years is just 140. This is due to the slowness and dryness in the pitch.

With the pitches getting slower in UAE, spinners will be the key to success. Mumbai Indians spinners put together has a total tally of 61 wickets while CSK’s Jadeja alone has 108 IPL wickets. This is where CSK’s strength lies.

Kieron Pollard had a tremendous CPL this year, scoring 207 runs at a strike-rate of 204. CSK has to tackle him with their key bowler Imran Tahir who dismissed Pollard 4 times in 16 matches and has a dot ball percentage of 50.

Our predicted playing 11 for the 1st match of Dream11 IPL2020

Mumbai Indians:

Rohit Sharma(c), Quinton De Kock(wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Trent Boult, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah.

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Chennai Super Kings:

Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni(c)(wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Imran Tahir.

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