2019’s finalists meet in the opening clash of the 2020 IPL season in Abu Dhabi with conditions completely different to when they last met. While a whopping number of people attended the 2019 IPL final between these teams in Hyderabad, this time there will be no fans at all.
However, the teams will obviously be motivated to deliver the best and once the ball is set rolling, expect cricket to be the hero. Chennai are without stalwarts Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh while Mumbai themselves don’t have the final over hero of the 2019 IPL final – Lasith Malinga.
Team news and predicted XI
CSK are expected to replace Suresh Raina with either Murali Vijay or every others in the middle order moving one position up. Imran Tahir, last year’s purple cap holder, will also likely start while Dwayne Bravo should edge out Lungi Ngidi despite the South African last having a great season in 2018.
MI, on the other hand, will have Ishan Kishan in at no.4 to counter the Chennai leggies. Trent Boult is also expected to start to take the new ball in place of Malinga. The Pandya brothers, in-form Kieron Pollard and Suryakumar Yadav should be the middle-order.
CSK: Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Dwayne Bravo, Piyush Chawla, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir
MI: Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Trent Boult
- Use MI spinners and all-rounders as they turn the ball away from Chennai’s right-handed heavy top-order.
- Mumbai’s left-handers are also good picks for this fixture as all of CSK’s spinners turn the ball into them.
- Stay away from Shane Watson.
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