MI vs RCB 2021 Pitch Report: The much-awaited 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is all set to hit the centerstage for the next two months featuring some thrilling cricketing action. The IPL 2021 season will kickstart with the defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) crossing swords with the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on 9th April at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
With the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) not playing at home this year, it will be quite interesting to see whether the nature of the Chepauk track remains the same as we have witnessed over the years or not. The pitch at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai is often dry and slow with par scores of 150-160 in majority of the games. The spinners from both the sides will enjoy bowling on this track. However, as seen in the opening stages of the IPL every year, the team winning the toss will certainly choose to field first.
The last game IPL game played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai happened to be the Qualifier 1 of IPL 2019 where Mumbai Indians defeated the Chennai Super Kings by 6 wickets in a low-scoring affair. During IPL 2019 in Chennai, 3 games were won by teams batting first while 5 matches were won by the chasing teams.
Devdutt Padikkal testing positive for COVID-19 ahead of the IPL 2021 season opener against MI is surely a huge upset for the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Padikkal had a breakthrough season last year where he scored more than 400 runs in his debut IPL year. The RCB team management will find it really challenging to pick a partner for captain Virat Kohli to open the innings. However, their newest recruit in young Mohammed Azharuddeen is likely to open the batting in Padikkal’s absence.
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