MS Dhoni has won the toss and elected to bat first in the first game of the UAE leg of IPL 2021 against Mumbai Indians. Kieron Pollard will lead MI as Rohit Sharma misses out. The match takes place at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium as the IPL 2021 is set to resume, in the UAE, after being suspended in May mid-season due to the covid-19 outbreak.
Mumbai Indians defeated MS Dhoni’s side in their previous meeting, in Delhi on May 1, courtesy of a whirlwind knock of 87 runs off 34 balls by Kieron Pollard helping his side chase down 219 on the last ball of the game.
Mumbai Indians also hold a strong head-to-head record against the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL, with 19 wins from 31 encounters between the two sides. They have also defeated CSK thrice in the IPL final.
The Super Kings are sitting at the second spot on the points table having won 5 out of 7 matches earlier in the season. Rohit Sharma’s team are not far behind, placed in the fourth position with 8 points in 7 matches.
IPL 2021, Match 30: Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians – Toss Report
The Super Kings will be batting first. Mumbai Indians have to deal with a couple of big blows as skipper Rohit Sharma and all-rounder Hardik Pandya are not available. Anmolpreet Singh will be making his Mumbai Indians debut today and Saurabh Tiwary gets a game as well.
Sam Curran is unavailable for CSK as he remains in quarantine; Josh Hazlewood will play his first game of this season.
Chennai Super Kings: Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, MS Dhoni(c/wk), Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood
Mumbai Indians: Quinton de Kock(wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Anmolpreet Singh, Saurabh Tiwary, Kieron Pollard(c), Krunal Pandya, Adam Milne, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult
MS Dhoni: “Looks like a good surface. Better to put runs on the board. Once tournament starts, you get into some sort of rhythm but this season its new, and maybe us cricketers will start loving it: seven games, a break, and then seven more. It comes down to how you play on that day in the shortest form, so we’ll try to keep the basics right. Faf, Moeen, Bravo, Hazlewood are the four foreigners.”
Kieron Pollard: “We weren’t too sure about the toss, but good thing is we can’t be criticised for something we cannot do. Rohit is okay, we will see him sooner rather than later. He’s the captain of this ship, I’m just standing in. We were just starting to get our momentum before the break. This is the most important part of the stage. No Hardik along with Rohit. Anmolpreet makes his debut.”