6.00pm Boult has the new ball. Let’s go.
Time for some fun for you, our readers:
Who has the most wicket in matches between CSK and MI in the IPL?
Hello all! How’s it going? Out come the umpires. All set for play to begin. Faf and Ruturaj are CSK’s openers. Faf had a bit of a hamstring issue during the CPL that concluded three nights ago, but he seems alright and fit to play.
The CSK vs MI game is starting soon, and if you’re in the USA, you can watch it on ESPN+.
T20 Time Out with Dale Steyn and Sanjay Manjrekar
5.40pm Just 20 minutes for the first ball, let’s welcome Shashank Kishore into the comms set. Let him know what you think of the playing XIs – some interesting choices there: Surya as opener, Dhoni carded in at No. 8, Milne over Coulter-Nile, No Tahir.
Chennai Super Kings: Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, MS Dhoni, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood
Mumbai: Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Anmolpreet Singh, Saurabh Tiwary, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Adam Milne, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult
Toss, 5.30pm It’s time for the coin flip. MS Dhoni in his familiar yellow. Kieron Pollard to captain Mumbai in Rohit’s absence. Chennai Super Kings opt to bat.
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.
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.”
5.25pm Big news from the Mumbai camp is that there’s a chance Rohit Sharma may not play today. And Anmolpreet Singh has been given a cap in the Mumbai huddle. Interestingly, it was Suryakumar Yadav (not Kieron Pollard) who was giving the pep talk in that huddle. Who captains Mumbai if Rohit does not play? We’ll let you know as soon as we know more. Toss in five minutes.
Anand Asokan: “The dark theme looks dope, Waiting for it in the mobile app……” — Glad you’re enjoying it. There are a few other things you can enjoy, our match coverage in Hindi, for example. Or Ask Cricinfo, your stats queries made as easy as ABC. Try it out.
Tariq: “@Anand Ashokan : U see the moon symbol on top bar? Dark theme is there for mobile app as well. Try it.”
5.10pm Here’s Karthik Krishnaswamy’s match preview of this one. The big questions: will Mumbai play offspinner Jayant Yadav to disturb the left-hand trio of Moeen Ali, Raina and Jadeja? Hazlewood starts or Ngidi? Bishop and Manjrekar discuss some of those in our view preview too. (He’s warming up, we can see).
Kumar: “Is Sam Curran available for selection” — He is still in quarantine. Not available today.
5.05pm Alright then, the clock’s ticked over. Less than 30 minutes for the toss in this contest. The reverse fixture this season was an absolute T20 classic, with Kieron Pollard dragging Mumbai over the line in a chase of 219. Today’s game has the potential to be the same. In the team previews, Ian Bishop believes CSK need more out of Dhoni (the batter), while Sanjay Manjrekar says Mumbai are better suited to UAE conditions.
4.55pm Wondering who the new faces of IPL 2021 are? Saurabh Somani has got you covered. Tell us who you’re most excited about! (Mine’s the only bowler to have an economy of under 6 at The Hundred: Mumbai’s Adam Milne).
And while you’re learning more about the future stars of the IPL, here’s a reminder about the future of the IPL: from next season, this competition will expand to 10 teams. Details here.
4.45pm It’s been 140 days since the last IPL match was played, and we’re so excited to bring you the return of the planet’s most-watched T20 tournament. The IPL has moved back to its 2020 safe space, the UAE, where the competition ran so smoothly before the 2021 edition was attempted in India. That said, let bygones be bygones and shift our focus on what’s ahead.
Those who decide on match fixtures could not have chosen a better match-up for Super Sunday – it’s the two most-successful teams. It’s MS Dhoni vs Rohit Sharma. It’s Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians.
But before we shift focus to the match coming up (toss at 5.30pm local), let’s see what’s been happening around the build up.
Bubble fatigue and various other reasons see many players not returning for this round of IPL 2021. There are examples in every team. Here’s Gaurav Sundararaman breaking down what CSK, Mumbai, RCB and Delhi Capitals are looking like for the restart. (Other four teams here.)
And I dare not say, just in case you forgot how brilliant the India leg of the competition was, here’s Hemant Brar picking out all the amazing moments that this season has already seen (Harpreet Brar, we’re looking at you!)
Fourteen years ago on this day, Yuvraj Singh set in stone the IPL phenomenon much before the first game, when he hit Stuart Broad for six sixes in an over on a stormy Durban night. Here we are today, in 2021, getting ready for the second installment of the 14th edition of the biggest T20 League that there is.