LIVE Cricket Score, IPL 2021 Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs Mumbai Indians (MI): Live Score and Updates from DubaiIPL 2021, CSK vs MI, LIVE Score: Hello and welcome to the Live coverage of the 30th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 where Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will take on defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) at the Dubai International Stadium.
CSK kick-off UAE leg with a 20-run win over MI
A disciplined bowling effort helped Chennai Super Kings register a 20-run victory against defending champions Mumbai Indians in the UAE leg opener of IPL 2021 on Sunday. Dwayne Bravo picked three wickets to restrict Mumbai to 136, helping Chennai jump to the top of the points table with six wins in eight matches.
Mumbai struggle to find momentum in run-chase
All-rounder Krunal Pandya departs after scoring just four, leaving Mumbai reeling at 74/6 with five overs to go. The five-time champions are in trouble, having lost six wickets while chasing a 156-run target. Saurabh Tiwary is still in the middle.
CSK set MI 157-run target as Gaikwad rescues side with fiery 88
The supremely talented Ruturaj Gaikwad batted through the innings for an unbeaten 58-ball 88 to lift Chennai Super Kings from 7/3 to 156 for six against Mumbai Indians. The late spark was provided by Dwayne Bravo (23 off 8 balls) as CSK recovered from a disastrous start to put up a fighting total. The 24-year-old Gaikwad added 81 runs for the fifth wicket with Ravindra Jadeja (26) to steady the ship after they lost skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the sixth over and the score was 24 for 4.
END OF 15 OVERS: Ruturaj Gaikwad holds the fort
Following a top-order collapse, Gaikwad notched up 46 off 39 deliveries to help Chennai reach 87/4 at the end of 15 overs. The young opener was assisted by all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, who chipped in with 25 from 31 deliveries. On the bowling front, Boult and Milne added two wickets each under their belt. 'Thala' MS Dhoni also made his way back after scoring 3.
Mumbai Indians' pace duo of Adam Milne and Trent Boult scripted Chennai's top-order collapse in Dubai as both picked two wickets each for 11 runs in three overs. Boult dismissed Faf du Plessis for a duck in the very first over before Milne removed Moeen Ali in the next over for a duck as well.
CSK suffered another blow as Ambati Rayudu walked off the field with a wrist injury before Boult struck again to dismiss Suresh Raina for four. Captain MS Dhoni was the fourth batsman to depart as wounded Chennai finished with just 24 runs at the end of the powerplay.
Double blow for Chennai Super Kings as Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali depart early. CSK 3/2 after first two overs
Chennai Super Kings win the toss and elect to bat first
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have won the toss and elected to bat first against Mumbai Indians (MI), who are without two big names -- Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya.
CSK are also without all-rounder Sam Curran. Skipper MS Dhoni said that the three-time champions will try to get the basics right and focus on the process. "Setting a target will be a better option. It's the same for everyone. I can't say if it's a good break or not. Once tournament starts, you get into some sort of rhythm but this season it's new and maybe us cricketers will start loving it," he said at the toss.
MI leader Kieron Pollard assured fans that Rohit will be "fine sooner than later" as he confirmed that the regular skipper and all-rounder Hardik Pandya will miss the game. MI have also handed a debut to Anmolpreet Singh.
Mumbai Indians (Playing XI): Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan(w), Anmolpreet Singh, Kieron Pollard(c), Saurabh Tiwary, Krunal Pandya, Adam Milne, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult
Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w/c), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood
The 14th season of the league was brought to an abrupt halt back in May owing to COVID-19 fears in India, but after the break of four and a half months, IPL is back, and this time in the UAE along with the fans. [How to watch Live: CSK vs MI]
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) are presently second in the points table with five wins in seven matches while Mumbai Indians (MI) stand fourth with four wins. The last time the two teams faced each other was at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in May where Kieron Pollard's impressive 34-ball 87* guided the five-time champions to a four-wicket win.
Talking about the Head to Head record, Mumbai Indians (MI) have a 19-12 advantage over the Chennai-based outfit. Mumbai have a 3-5 record in Dubai in eight games and all three of their wins came in the 2020 season where they played five matches at the venue.
IPL 2021 CSK vs MI Preview: Mumbai Indians (MI) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK), the two most successful Indian Premier League franchises (in terms of titles won), will clash in the first match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021's second leg in Dubai on Sunday. Roughly three months after the first leg was suspended due to breach in the bio-secure bubble, the season returns to much fanfare -- quite literally -- as spectators will return to the stadium for the first time in IPL since 2019.
In a blockbuster resumption, the second-placed Chennai Super Kings will eye displacing Delhi Capitals at the top of the table, while Mumbai Indians will eye more consistency and aim for a repeat of their previous season in the UAE when they lifted the title. [READ FULL PREVIEW]