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The Covid affected season of IPL resumes tomorrow, with phase two starting off with a cracker of a match as we will witness the five-time champions Mumbai Indians take on the MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings. The 30th match of IPL 2021 is slated to take place in UAE at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium

Mumbai Indians registered a clinical four wickets win over the Chennai Super Kings in a high-scoring thriller on the back of Keiron Pollard’s masterclass who scored 87* off 34 balls when both teams met in Delhi in the IPL phase one.

The MS Dhoni lead side will be in great spirits sitting in second at the table with one less game played and a superior net run rate compared to all other teams. With a very deep batting lineup and players in form, it will take Mumbai Indians talisman Rohit Sharma and co. to perform at their level best in order to escape the traffic in the points table.

The Mumbai franchise led by Rohit Sharma will be eager to win their second match on the trot and consolidate their domination over CSK, while Chennai Super Kings do look the side in better form and touch. Who do you think can come out victorious and start their second phase on a winning note?

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

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

Match Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai

Head to Head

Matches Played:33, CSK:13, MI: 20

Weather Conditions

Ideal conditions for cricket as mostly clear skies are expected throughout the course of the day. With temperatures expected to be hovering around 34 degrees Celsius and humidity at its peak is likely to touch the 60% mark with 16km/hr wind speed.

Pitch

The strip in Dubai International Cricket Stadium is a batting-friendly surface and is expected to assist the batters once again with an average first innings score of 156. Pacers might get some help towards the latter half of the match while spinners may come in handy in the middle overs. But the history on this ground favors teams chasing totals.

Team News

Chennai Super Kings will be expected to roll out the same XI with not many changes in their squad. With all players available to choose from, the Chennai franchise will be expected to field the best to secure maximum points from their opening game of phase 2.

The Mumbai franchise will be hoping their main stalwarts fire again, as they had an indifferent start to their IPL 2021 campaign. With no changes in the squad and all players available from their talent pool, Mumbai Indians will also be expected to roll out the same playing XI this season.

Probable Playing XI

Chennai Super Kings (CSK): Ruturaj Gaikwad, Robin Uthappa, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Josh Hazlewood, Shardul Thakur, Lungi Ngidi, Deepak Chahar

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

Must-picks

Moeen Ali has made an immediate impact since joining the CSK playing XI and once again will be expected to burst the floodgates of boundaries from the get-go. Quinton de Kock will once again be crucial in providing a vital opening stand. Rohit Sharma and Faf du Plessis are our other must-picks.

Key stats

#Mumbai Indians destructive WK-batsman Ishan Kishan is 35 runs away from scoring 1000 runs for Mumba Indians. He will be the 10th player for Mumbai Indians to reach the milestone.

#Mumbai Indians all-rounder Krunal Pandya is one wicket away from claiming his 50th wicket for the side. Will he be able to achieve the feat against their arch-rivals?

#In the last 10 meetings between the sides, Chennai Super Kings have managed to win only on three occasions. With a win percentage of just 30, this is CSK's worst win percentage against any team in the last 10 H2H tallies.

CSK vs MI Fantasy team

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Captain and Vice-Captain Picks

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Quinton de Kock (C) and Moeen Ali (Vc)

Prediction

Mumbai Indians have managed to defeat the Chennai side in their first meeting but it was a close encounter. We expect the same this time around as the two teams have always been involved in high octane encounters. 

With the CSK players in exemplary form at the international level and the Mumbai players a bit rusty, Cricwizz predicts Chennai Super Kings to level the tally and climb to the top of the table on the virtue of a better net run-rate.

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