MI vs CSK: The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League finally got underway today, after a huge amount of delay. The defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) are facing the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) face off each other at Abu Dhabi.
Rohit Sharma will be looking to clinch their fourth IPL title this season. On the other hand, CSK has suffered a lot of setbacks. Multiple members of the squad tested positive for the COVID-19. Moreover, Harbhajan Singh and Suresh Raina pulled out of the IPL citing personal reasons. CSK will be hoping to put up a dominant performance despite suffering such setbacks. (MI vs CSK)
The highly anticipated moment came when Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni stepped out into the field for the toss. MS Dhoni won the toss and elected to bowl first.
MS Dhoni claimed that the dew factor later in the innings convinced him to field first. The CSK captain even praised all the CSK members who have been patiently been in quarantine and endured this tough phase.
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Rohit Sharma also said that he even wanted to field first if he had won the toss. Rohit revealed the names of the four overseas players who will brace the field for the Mumbai Indians in this match. The four overseas players are- Quinton de Kock, Kieron Pollard, Trent Boult and James Pattinson. (MI vs CSK)
Rohit Sharma provided the opportunity to James Pattinson. (MI vs CSK)
Most of the fans expected Nathan Coulter Nile to feature in this match. However, Hitman revealed that he has not still recovered from his niggles.
“Would’ve bowled first as well, gets better under lights. Have been here a few weeks, so understand conditions better. Before coming here, we had a camp in Mumbai. Also had quality practice out here in Abu Dhabi. Key here will be to understand the conditions. Pitches for the practice matches will be similar to what we’ll get here.
Ready to go. The way we’ve been playing cricket for the last couple of years has been good. All in all, we’ve had good preparation. Now all about execution. Four overseas – Quinton, Pollard, Pattinson, Boult. NCN still not quite match fit with some niggles. Good opportunity for Pattinson who’s been bowling well for Australia,” said Rohit after the toss. (MI vs CSK)