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MI vs CSK Playing 11, IPL 2021: Neesham makes Mumbai debut

IPL 2021, MI vs CSK Team Playing 11 Today's Match: MI and CSK head into the match after identical seven-wicket wins over Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad respectively.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: May 1, 2021 7:12:24 pm
mi vs cskIPL 2021, MI vs CSK: MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma (Twitter/IPLT20)

IPL 2021, MI vs CSK Team Predicted Playing 11 for Today’s Match: Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings, the two most successful sides in the IPL, take on each other for the first time in the season in New Delhi on Saturday. MI and CSK head into the match after identical seven-wicket wins over Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad respectively and both teams would be keen to continue their winning streak.

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Playing XIs

Chennai Super Kings: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w/c), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, Lungi Ngidi, Deepak Chahar

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma(c), Quinton de Kock(w), Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, James Neesham, Rahul Chahar, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult

Squads:

Mumbai Indians Squad: Rohit Sharma(c), Quinton de Kock(w), Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jayant Yadav, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult, Piyush Chawla, Dhawal Kulkarni, Saurabh Tiwary, Aditya Tare, Adam Milne, Chris Lynn, James Neesham, Ishan Kishan, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan, Arjun Tendulkar, Marco Jansen, Yudhvir Singh

Chennai Super Kings Squad: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(w/c), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, Lungi Ngidi, Deepak Chahar, Dwayne Bravo, Robin Uthappa, Cheteshwar Pujara, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Jason Behrendorff, Krishnappa Gowtham, Mitchell Santner, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Hari Nishanth, N Jagadeesan, KM Asif, Harishankar Reddy, Bhagath Varma

Live Blog
19:09 (IST)01 May 2021
MI makes 2 changes, CSK unchanged

MI, who will be bowling first, have made 2 changes. Mercurial Kiwi Neesham and old Mumbai warhorse Dhawal Kulkarni have come in for Jayant Yadav and Nathan Coulter Nile. Still no Kishan. CSK have gone in unchanged.

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19:02 (IST)01 May 2021
Toss, Playing XIs

Mumbai Indians have won the toss and have opted to field. Neesham to make his MI debut. He has been handed his cap.

Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w/c), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, Lungi Ngidi, Deepak Chahar

Mumbai Indians (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma(c), Quinton de Kock(w), Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, James Neesham, Rahul Chahar, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult

18:46 (IST)01 May 2021
Countdown

15 minutes to playing XIs and toss news

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18:15 (IST)01 May 2021
Who will be the stars tonight?

The biggest positive for Mumbai has been the return to form of opener Quinton de Kock (117 runs), who made a blistering, unbeaten 70 against Rajasthan. Suryakumar (170 runs) would need to convert his starts while Krunal Pandya (68 runs) played a useful cameo, which would have bolstered his confidence. Kieron Pollard (81 runs) also displayed his hard-hitting skills on Thursday and would be raring to go once again, and so would fellow all-rounder Hardik Pandya (36 runs). Pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult have been exceptional, particularly at the death. Leggie Rahul Chahar, with 11 scalps, has been MI’s leading wicket-taker. 

For CSK, openers du Plessis (270 runs) and Ruturaj (192 runs) have been in top form. Their middle-order has also been among runs. Moeen Ali (148 runs) has adjusted well to the role of pinch-hitter, while the presence of the ever-reliable Suresh Raina (121 runs) gives the team a huge cushion. Then there are Ambati Rayadu (64 runs) and Ravindra Jadeja (109 runs), who has improved as a batsman and can plunder sixes at will, apart from skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (37 runs), who appears content to playing second fiddle these days. CSK bowlers led by Deepak Chahar (8 wickets) and Curran (6 wickets) have done a splendid job. Jadeja has also shone with the ball, taking five wickets while Moeen has four. 

17:37 (IST)01 May 2021
Cricket's El Clasico

Mumbai and Chennai, the two most popular T20 franchises in the world, share eight IPL titles between them. The two teams were tied at three titles each until the 2018 season. MI have since zoomed ahead, winning in 2019. CSK look ready to strike back this season. One of the biggest cricket matches around the world - MI vs CSK - begins at 7:30 pm tonight.

16:40 (IST)01 May 2021
IPL Captains

Sunrisers Hyderabad on Saturday removed under-performing David Warner from captaincy and handed over the reins of the team to New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson for the remainder of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Fans are now asking on social media if Morgan is up next on the chopping block. Today's teams though have their captains ensconced in the captain's chair for the immediate future. Master tactician Dhoni is up against make-everything-look-easy Rohit Sharma tonight.

Toss and team news in roughly 2 hours

15:37 (IST)01 May 2021
A brotherly clash

Many intriguing sub-plots to this match - one of the biggest among which is the Chahar vs Chahar battle. Two sets of brothers - the Pandyas having become as synonymous with the MI lower-middle order as local trains are to Mumbai - will be taking the field today. Which pair would your money be on?

15:14 (IST)01 May 2021
Team news

Neither team have any injury news or other unavailabilities. CSK are having a great tournament and are leading the points table with five wins and one loss from six matches. MI have had a middling tournament so far. After six matches, they are at the number four position with three wins and as many losses. 

14:34 (IST)01 May 2021
Styris predicts MI to bounce back

Scott Styris says MI will bounce back in the Delhi leg of the tournament, and that their poor start to the season was because of the pitches in Chennai. "I still have Mumbai at number one. So, I'm sticking to that, I think Mumbai, will go in as favourites. However, the performances CSK has given, they could win this as well. I think this is a bit of a test for CSK, because I think you still need to judge yourself against Mumbai juggernaut," said Styris on Star Sports show Cricket Live.

14:23 (IST)01 May 2021
CSK vs MI

Hello and welcome to the big daddy of IPL clashes. It's Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings in Delhi tonight. Thw two most successful teams of the league. The biggest inter-team rivalry in the league. Last season, MI were runaway leaders and CSK could not match pace. This season, it threatens to be the other way round. CSK are back at their customary pole position. MI, languishing in the middle of the table for now, are hoping to carry some momentum from their De Kock demolition last time out.

Toss and team news at 7 pm

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