MS Dhoni, IPL 2022, Chennai Super Kings
MS Dhoni (Image Credit: Twitter)

IPL 2021: CSK vs MI- Weather Forecast and Pitch Report. The opening fixture of the second leg of the IPL 2021 sees Chennai Super Kings take on Mumbai Indians on Sunday at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Two of the most successful teams in the history of the competition, Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians will once again be facing each other in the quest of bagging another IPL Trophy.

Chennai Super Kings, IPL 2021, CSK
Chennai Super Kings. Image Credits: BCCI

Chennai Super League couldn’t make the playoffs last season. However, given how they have performed in the first half of IPL 2021, chances are highly unlikely that CSK won’t make it into the top four once more. They are currently sitting at the second position on the points table with 5 wins in 7 matches.

The batting unit has been firing in unison. MS Dhoni’s poor run is probably their only concern at the moment. Sam Curran and Deepak Chahar have done a great job in the powerplay as well as in death overs. Josh Hazlewood’s availability for the second half of the season should also come as a big boost for them.

Facing them are Mumbai Indians, who haven’t started their tournament as they would have liked to. After playing 7 matches, they managed 4 wins and 3 losses. All 3 losses came in Chepauk. Their batsmen struggle to cope on the slow surface at Chepauk. Though, the action has now shifted to venues in UAE.

The last time Mumbai Indians played here, they lifted their fifth IPL trophy. The players might not have shown great form in the first half but certainly have the potential to make a turnaround in a couple of games.

Mumbai Indians
Mumbai Indians (Image Credit: Twitter)

Mumbai Indians currently sits at fourth on the table with 4 wins in 7 matches. Two consecutive wins in two matches could well see a turnaround in their fortunes. It will be interesting to see how the defending champions fare in the second leg of IPL 2021.

The 30th match between MI and CSK will be played at Dubai International Cricket Stadium.  Here’s a look at the pitch report and weather conditions at the aforementioned stadium.

IPL 2021: CSK vs MI- Weather Forecast and Pitch Report

Trent Boult
Trent Boult. (Photo: BCCI)

Dubai International Cricket Stadium is one of the biggest cricket stadiums as far as its dimensions are concerned. Much like the previous year, hitting sixes won’t be the easiest task. One could see a lot of singles and doubles being scored here. Much like any other ground in UAE, the pitch would be on the slower side. Pacers are likely to get assistance during the initial few overs. Spinners should make purchases from the surface as the game progresses.

Chasing totals haven’t been an easy task and thus the team winning the toss is likely to bat first.

Average first innings score: 144

Average second innings score: 122

The hot and humid conditions in UAE should suggest that there is no possibility of the slightest of drizzles. The average temperature will hover around 42-degree Celsius.