A successful match to resume the IPL 2021: the Chennai Super Kings of MS Dhoni face the Mumbai Indians of Kieron Pollard, in Dubai. Who will kick off the UAE stage of this tournament in style? Follow ESPNcricinfo’s bullet-by-bullet comments here. And our Hindi coverage here.
Gaikwad, Bravo, Chahar do it for CSK
This is only the second time in the IPL that a batting team has lost four wickets for the Under-24s and then won the game. A victory built on special moves from Ruturaj Gaikwad and Dwayne Bravo followed by a top opening spell from Deepak Chahar. CSK are back in the top two which is the target due to the playoff system. Perhaps the biggest advantage is getting rid of the hold Mumbai has had over them in recent contests. It was a superb cover of the IPL. Join us tomorrow to find out more. Remember, Virat Kohli doesn’t have too many games as IPL captain anymore.
Hazlewood gets the big one
Josh Hazlewood is the only bowler tonight to attempt points in Powerplay, conceding 26 in his two. However, with just one return, he produced a good ball, which went up in touch to trap Pollard straight ahead. Mumbai 90 for 5 out of 14 overs. CSK anything but home now.
Well done to Pollard
It’s always a competition to watch. Two big Trini T20s go head to head. Here is their record against each other: 156 balls, 277 points, nine times out. Pollard won this competition, averaging over 30 and around 170.
CSK all over MI
CSK recorded two cheap overs from spinner Moeen Ali against two left-handed hitters, then Dwayne Bravo got Ishan Kishan’s wicket in the 10th. Mumbai 62 for 4, looking at Pollard to repeat the heroism of the first game between these teams this IPL.
Recall of Deepak Chahar
When India announced their World Cup squad, the first missing name that came to mind was Deepak Chahar. The problem is, India seems to have bet on tired grounds and stacked its side with spinning mills. There is only room for one Swing Launcher / Powerplay Specialists, and that place went to Bhuvneshwar Kumar. You could say that Chahar has been better than Bhuvneshwar lately, but it is a judgment that has been passed.
Here, however, Chahar has shown why he is so highly regarded. He’s gone from an out-of-hand swing thrower to a crafty client who swings him less, does it late, and is precise and cunning. Two Powerplay wickets for him again followed by Shardul Thakur by obtaining a sixth, Mumbai has 41 for 3 in six overs.
Have you seen this match before?
DC versus KXIP. Dubai’s first IPL game last year. DC in the dumps at 13 for 3 and 96 for 6, but Marcus Stoinis goes wild to bring them to 158. A new pitch from Dubai at work: difficult at first but a little later. CSK scored 156 here thanks to Gaikwad 88 of 58 and Bravo at 23 of 8. That’s one short of the score in last year’s game. The result of this match last year? A tie.
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Gaikwad sets off
The last IPL was a disaster for CSK, not only with the results but also with their next big prospect Ruturaj Gaikwad in trouble. It all started with him who contracted Covid-19. This year, however, in his first game in the United Arab Emirates, Gaikwad kept CSK alive with a chic fifty. He is now 56 out of 44, having chased the spinners and now giving himself a chance against the returning rapids. CSK 98 for 4 in 16 overs.
In a sideline conversation with Star, Mahela Jayawardene confirmed that it was The Oval Test’s injury that kept Rohit from entering. Jayawardene added, however, that he was ready to go, but they felt they should give him two more days to recover. This means that India almost certainly would have had to look for another opener if the Old Trafford test had taken place. We still do not have an update on Hardik Pandya.
CSK 48 for 4 in 11 overs.
MI wins the Powerplay
Jasprit Bumrah and Rahul Chahar have yet to play, and MI has already taken four wickets. Pollard continued with Boult and Milne through Powerplay, and Milne finished with MS Dhoni’s wicket with the last ball of Powerplay. It was a pretty good midline pull, but straight to the deep back square leg. CSK 24 for 4 in six overs.
Raina, blown away
It lasted a bit longer, but it was painful to watch. Ground set for the short ball, a bouncer, then Raina’s feet are stuck in (Indian) cement and he swings wildly on full balls. One edge falls safe, but the second takes a chip off the stick and a catch in the backstitch. CSK 7 for 3 in three overs
The Hundred benefits Mumbai
Prior to today, Adam Milne had only played six IPL games, but during that English summer Milne was The Hundred’s best quick pitcher, and Mumbai wasted no time getting him into the XI. . And in his first round he knocked out, well, his captain at The Hundred, Moeen Ali. He also injured retired Ambati Rayudu with a nasty short bullet that pinched him and put him on his forearm. CSk 3 for 2 in two overs with a downed man
Go ask Cricinfo who took the most wickets in Powerplay last year in IPL 2020. Part of the answer will tell you why MI was so dominant last year. Back in the United Arab Emirates, Trent Boult again landed a wicket on his first try, sending Faf du Plessis off guard to the third man. CSK 1 for 1 in the first round
Ten minutes before the start, and here’s an important recap and how things are changing for these teams. By Gaurav Sundararaman
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Without a blink of an eye from Kieron Pollard in Delhi, the Chennai Super Kings would have led the table with six wins in seven matches. After finishing in the bottom half in 2020, MS Dhoni’s side surprised everyone by abandoning their usual conservative approach to hitting. With unparalleled depth – Deepak Chahar ranks at No. 11 – Super Kings scored at a rate of 9.47 between overs 7-16. Great credit goes to the opening pair of Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis who laid a solid foundation upon which the likes of Moeen Ali and Ravindra Jadeja could build big totals. On the bowling front, Chahar and the Spinners were the main playmakers.
WATER 2020 Strategy
The United Arab Emirates were not a happy hunting ground for the Super Kings last season. Injuries, absentees and lack of training meant that they peaked too late. Virtually none of their moves worked because not everyone was in good shape. This time around, they’ve been practicing for over a month and would be looking to keep faith in what worked in IPL 2021 rather than going back to what worked in previous seasons.
Challenges for 2021
The form of their fast bowlers – Lungi Ngidi, Josh Hazlewood, Shardul Thakur and Dwayne Bravo – will be crucial for the multiple champions to extend their strong start. There will also be pressure on Suresh Raina, who has scored 123 points in six innings at an average of 24 with a lonely half century. If Raina can improve the middle order with hard-hitting cameos, it will ease the burden on the finishers.
Team changes since the first phase
After winning the trophy last year in the United Arab Emirates, the reigning champions will be happy especially after having had a tough start to the first leg in Chennai, where the throws were slow and low. Therefore, Mumbai’s approach to batting was conservative. Although they started out quickly on the power play, they had to work hard for the points as the game progressed. Normalcy was restored when they moved the base to Delhi and Kieron Pollard detonated the Super Kings in all parts to hunt a gigantic total.
WATER 2020 Strategy
When Mumbai won the championship in 2020, they had clear plans. With the bat, they continued to attack throughout the innings to maximize their resources. Pollard and Hardik Pandya played stellar roles in the end of the rounds. But the role that James Pattinson played with the ball will have to be taken over by Nathan Coulter-Nile or Adam Milne. They will be essential in supporting Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah in the useful fields of Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
Challenges for 2021
The batting form of Ishan Kishan and Hardik will be the center of attention. The big question is, will Hardik be bowling? He didn’t in the first phase of this edition, but India chief coach Chetan Sharma recently said Hardik is fit to win his four-overs quota at the World Cup. If he does it for Mumbai as well, it will bring a good balance to a very well supplied team. It will also help them be flexible with their fourth foreign player, something they struggled with during the first half of this IPL. In the UAE, one would expect them to field a super-fast pitcher or a versatile fast bowler for fourth place overseas.
He is back
Exactly one year after the Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings kicked off the IPL in 2020, the teams are back to resume the suspended IPL in 2021.
Right off the bat, we have great news from the team. Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya are not playing for Mumbai, who was asked to chase today. We’re not sure exactly what’s wrong with Rohit and Hardik, but Rohit looked to be having issues with his knee in The Oval Test during the first week of September. Punjab hitter Anmolpreet Singh is making his IPL debut. In other exciting news, fit Adam Milne is playing for Mumbai. He was sensational in The Hundred.
For Super Kings, Sam Curran isn’t available, but everyone is. their four foreign players are Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Dwayne Bravo and Josh Hazlewood. It remains to be seen if and how many well done bowls after suffering a groin injury in the CPL.
Chennai Super Kings 1 F du Plessis, 2 RD Gaikwad, 3 MM Ali, 4 SK Raina, 5 AT Rayudu, 6 MS Dhoni (capt. & Wk), 7 RA Jadeja, 8 DJ Bravo, 9 SN Thakur, 10 DL Chahar, 11 JR Hazlewood
Bombay Indians 1 Q de Kock (week), 2 Ishan Kishan, 3 Anmolpreet Singh, 4 SA Yadav, 5 SS Tiwary, 6 KH Pandya, 7 KA Pollard (capt.), 8 AF Milne, 9 RD Chahar, 10 JJ Bumrah, 11 TA Boult
Sidharth Monga is Associate Editor at ESPNcricinfo