One of the most competitive T20 leagues in the world is back! It’s back after a break of 140 days and it’s that time of the year when T20 lovers across the globe will be stuck to their television sets and mobile screens, irrespective of their time zone. Due to the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and the increasing positive cases across many teams, the IPL got postponed earlier this year, however, after a lot of planning and arrangements, it’s time to get going once again as UAE will host the remainder of the tournament starting today.
You can call this the second phase , given most of the teams have 7 games to go. Delhi and Punjab were the only teams to have played 8 league matches in India. The conditions in the UAE are different to how they were back home, so you can probably expect a turnaround in the points table. At least, that’s what the fans and supporters of the teams struggling at the bottom would want.
To kickstart the UAE leg, we’ve got two of the best teams in the history of IPL on show tonight. Five-time IPL champions – Mumbai Indians will lock horns with three time IPL winners – Chennai Super Kings, at the Dubai International Stadium. CSK struggled in these conditions last year, but they are placed second in the points table at the halfway stage. The addition of Moeen Ali and Raina’s return has certainly bolstered the Super Kings. Faf du Plessis got injured towards the end of CPL earlier this month, but he has recovered from that groin injury and is likely to be available for selection. Meanwhile, Sam Curran who is in quarantine, won’t be available tonight.
Pitch report: It’s a really hard pitch and the conditions are really hot. It’s a good wicket to bat, it’s green and lush. The pace bowlers picked most of the wickets on this track in 2020. Chasing would be a good option
Anmolpreet Singh will be making his debut for the Mumbai Indians and Pollard will be the captain today.No Rohit and Hardik Pandya.