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The much anticipated ‘El Clasico’ of Cricket is all set to take place at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. The thrilling encounter between the Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians will mark the 41st match of the Indian Premier League 2020.

Though this time things do not seem in favor of the Men in Yellow as they find themselves placed last on the points table with only three wins from their 10 matches. While, the defending champions find themselves in a well placed third on the table with 6 wins from their 9 matches.

The previous encounter between the two sides was the opener of the IPL 2020. The match went in favor of the Chennai Super Kings. The toss went in favor of the 2019 runners up and the former Indian captain MS Dhoni decided to chase down the target. With most of the MI batsmen getting starts, the team managed to reach a decent total of 162. CSK though had a poor start to their chase as they were reduced to 6/2 in the first 2 overs. But the 115 runs stand between the proteas star Faf du Plessis and former Indian batsman Ambati Rayudu ensured CSK were the first team to mark the points table.

Both the teams will come into this match on the back of losses as MI were defeated by the Kings Xl Punjab in an epic 2 super-over match, the match went down as one of the best matches in the history of the tournament. The Men in Yellow on the other side were thrashed by the Rajasthan Royals by 7 wickets.

Chennai Super Kings chances of making the play-offs are slim to none. But a win over the Mumbai Indians would mean a lot especially to the fans. Furthermore, a defeat for the MI here would mean things become a bit difficult for the MI. Does the Men in Yellow have some fuel left in them?

Match Toss Time: 17:30 Local (19:00 IST)

Match Start Time: 18:00 Local (19:30 IST)

Match Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah

Weather Report

The conditions are ideal for cricket as clear skies are expected with no chance of rain whatsoever. The temperature has been on the decline, the maximum temperature is expected to reach 29 degree and the lowest 27 degree. While, the humidity is expected to be hovering around the 54% mark.

Pitch

The pitch in Sharjah as we know is a belter for the batsmen added to the short boundaries make it a batsmen paradise. But over the last few matches the pitch seems to have slowed down and the score 200 plus seems unlikely. Any score of 180 plus by the team batting first could put the team chasing in a spot of bother.

Team News

Chennai Super Kings will have to play their remaining four matches without the services of their star all- rounder Dwayne Bravo. The West Indian was ruled out of the tournament due to a groin injury. As per the interaction of MS Dhoni with the media, he had expressed his thoughts on how this scenario had opened up the opportunity to try the youngsters out. This could mean few of the players who were benched could get an opportunity to play.

Mumbai Indians have not reported any injuries. The defending champions seem to have done a wonderful job this season and are likely to continue with the same Xl that almost took them past the KXIP if not for the super over.

Probable Playing Xl

Chennai Super Kings (CSK): Faf du Plessis, Sam Curran, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav/N.Jagadeesan, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Shardul Thakur, Josh Hazlewood/Imran Tahir

Mumbai Indians (MI): Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah

CSK vs MI Fantasy Team

Quinton de Kock(wk), Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, Suryakumar Yadav, Sam Curran, Ravindra Jadeja, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Deepak Chahar, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah

Cricwizz Fantasy Team

Captain Picks: Quinton de Kock (MI), Kieron Pollard (MI)

Quinton de Kock (MI)

Vice- Captain Picks: Faf du Plessis (CSK), Sam Curran (CSK)

Faf du Plessis (CSK)

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