Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will host defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) in the IPL 2020 clash in Sharjah on Thursday. CSK had defeated Mumbai Indians in the inaugural match of the IPL 2020 but since then both the teams have registered contrasting fortunes. CSK will play for their pride while the Mumbai outfit will look avenge their defeat in the game after comfortably sitting at the top half of the table.
CSK will play for their pride as they are already knocked out of the tournament and looked at their worst. They will hope Ambati Rayudu to repeat his heroics from the inaugural match again. Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson will be important to keep the innings steady while Sam Curran would be key as pinch hitter. The middle-order concern for CSK still remains with Ravindra Jadeja key.
Mumbai Indians have defended their title well thus far in the tournament. It will be an opportunity for them to test their young talents before the playoffs begin. Young Ishan Kishan looks doubtful for the game and Saurabh Tiwary might get a chance in his place in that case.
IPL 2020 Match 41: Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians: Weather Forecast
The major concern playing in the UAE will be heat. A lot of foreign players are not habituated to playing in such conditions. However, local Indian players might tackle the heat as they have played under such conditions in the sub-continent.
The weather on the match day is predicted to remain around 28 to 26 degree celsius. As the day, progresses, the temperature might give slight relief to the players who are in for an evening start with the match.
Toss also becomes a major concern in the IPL 2020 due to this situation even though in the shortest format it doesn’t plays a big role. Humidity during the latter part of the match makes it difficult for the bowlers to grip the ball. The season has so far seen that the team’s batting first have won most number of matches.