IPL 2020: Everything you need to know about Match 1 on 19 September 2020; Playing XI, Pitch details & Injury Updates
The first opening match is between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings at The Sheikh Zayed Studio. Abu Dhabi. It will start at sharp 7.30 PM IST (06.00 Local times) (02.00 UTC). It will be telecasted to star sports with live streaming on Disney+Hotsar. It is the first time in IPL’s history that this tournament will be played entirely out of India.
In the last season, MI’s dominated CSKs. So it will be interesting to watch who will win the first match of IPL 2020. CSK has gone through hard times as 11 members of the team were found positive for Covid-19. MI’s are striving hard to maintain their winning record.
Playing XIs of both the teams:
Chennai Super Kings:
Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, DJ Bravo, Piyush Chawla, Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir/Lungi Ngidi, Shardul Thakur.
On Bench: Murali Vijay, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Monu Kumar, Mitchell Santner, Sam Curran, N Jagadeesan, KM Asif, Karn Sharma, Sai Kishore, Josh Hazlewood, Imran Tahir/Lungi Ngidi.
Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Nathan Coulter-Nile/Mitchell McClenaghan, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah.
On Bench: Saurabh Tiwary, Chris Lynn, Anmolpreet Singh, Sherfane Rutherford, Prince Balwant Rai, Anukul Roy, Aditya Tare, Digvijay Deshmukh, James Pattinson, Mohsin Khan, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jayant Yadav, Nathan Coulter-Nile/Mitchell McClenaghan.
In the UAE, chasing is quite difficult as the pitch becomes slower with progression in-game. The temperature is 34 degrees morning to 31 degree Celsius in the night. The humidity levels are high in UAE and they might help to accelerate the pitch slightly.
Average first inning score: 120 (Last three T20Is played at this venue)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 1, Lost – 2, Tied – 0
Ruturaj Gaikwad is still under supervision as he tests positive for Covid-19 and the players who participated in England- Australia series might not be available.