MI vs CSK MPL Team: The world’s biggest franchise T20 cricket league is back and will witness the arch-rivals Mumbai Indians lock horns with Chennai Super Kings in the season opener. The last time both met in the final of IPL 2019, and MI beat CSK by 1 run. Both the teams have a star-studded line up with a good mix of the youngster and experienced international players. With MS Dhoni already retired from international cricket, it will be interesting to see his approach towards the game in this IPL. Coming after a hiatus, Rohit Sharma would like to start his IPL proceedings in a convincing way and defend the title in an emphatic fashion. Below, the MI vs CSK MPL prediction is discussed.
Fixture: Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings, Match 1, IPL 2020
Date- Saturday, 19th September 2020
Time- 7:30 PM (IST), 6:00 PM (Local Time)
Venue- Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Venue Stats– A total of 44 T20 matches have been played here out of which the team batting first has won 19 matches while the team batting second has won 25 times.
Pitch Report– Apart from the spinners, the medium pacers have also achieved much success here. Anything above 150 here would be a good score. Also, there are no chances of rain at Abu Dhabi.
Team news: Mumbai Indians have got a big blow with Malinga leaving out this year due to personal reasons, but it can be a blessing in disguise for Boult or Coulter Nile.
Chennai Super Kings suffered a big blow when Suresh Raina flew back to India for personal reasons in the middle of the Quarantine period in Dubai. Also, Harbhajan Singh, who exited out of IPL 2020, because of personal reasons could weaken the CSK's bowling attack.
Expected Change– Piyush Chawla will be a crucial inclusion in the XI, as Bhajji has left out. Trent Boult will have a key spot to fill in the absence of Malinga.
Risky Picks– Chris Lynn has not been up to the mark in the recently concluded CPL and can be a tough pick. Below is the predicted XI for the MI vs CSK MPL fantasy cricket tips.
MI Playing XI (predicted)
Rohit Sharma (c)
Quinton de Kock (wk)
Nathan Coulter-Nile/Mitchell McClenaghan
CSK Playing XI (predicted)
Faf du Plessis
MS Dhoni (c & wk)
Q Kock: The 27-year-old cricketer from South Africa is an excellent T20 Batsman. He has played 50 matches in the IPL until now and has scored 1456 runs. Having played for numerous franchises in the league, he has tons of experience and is a big hope in the team for defending the trophy. QDK is a destructive opener, who can give a solid start to the team in the powerplay! He will definitely be my first choice of Captain from Mumbai Indians!
S Watson: An integral part of IPL since its beginning, the Aussie cricketer has been praised a lot for his contribution to the IPL and franchises over the years. In 134 matches, he has played in the IPL, he has scored 3575 runs with an average of 31 and a strike rate of 139.54! He has also taken 92 wickets with his firearm, which is very crucial to the team's middle-order bowling attack. In the IPL final against MI last season, he scored 80 runs off 59 balls, so he turns as one of the best captain pick for MI vs CSK today match prediction.
R Sharma- No words could be enough to describe this pick and choice of selection as a Vice-Captain. Rohit might not have been to his extreme best, like the International circuit, but he can't be left out of the team. He has scored 4898 runs in the 188 games he has played in the IPL. That's a massive number and he'll surely out pass the 5000 mark in this season. Rohit will most probably open for the team and can be a very valuable pick, keeping in mind his legacy in the limited format!
A Rayudu- The 34-year-old right-handed batsman is very crucial to CSK's triumph this year. Raina, being headed out for his reasons, Ambati will have the burden of the middle order to get out runs smoothly and in flow. In 147 games he has played in the IPL, he has scored 3300 runs with one century! It would be an excellent choice to make him a vice-captain, as he has a role to play in the team, and will definitely put up a decent score on the board.
K Pollard: A player with 10207 runs in his T20 career can be an X-Factor for the Mumbai team. His tremendous all-rounder form with leadership skills helped his team, Trinbago Knight Riders to win the recently concluded CPL season. He will be upbeat and would be raring to go to help the MI team to win another IPL title. In addition to that, Pollard has scored 449 runs at an average of 34.53 and has also claimed 12 wickets against the men in Yellow over the years. He turns out to be first X-factor pick for your MPL fantasy team.
P Chawla: A highly experienced spin bowler who can turn the match in the favour of the CSK at any moment is a second X-factor pick. With 150 wickets in IPL, he has been a quality bowler over the years. In the 2014 season, he helped the KKR team to win the IPL title by picking 14 wickets in 11 matches. With a calm head and optimum abilities, he sure has the captain’s trust and will be helpful for the team in crucial situations. It will be interesting to see, how he teams up with Imran Tahir to form a spin web and catch the opposition team.