IPL 2021, CSK vs MI Preview: Chennai Super Kings Take On Mumbai Indians In UAE Leg Opener

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 Four-and-a-half months after the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season was suspended due to the second wave  in India, the season is set to resume on Sunday, this time in the United Arab Emirates. Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians (MI), five-time winners of the tournament and champions in the last two editions, will take on MS Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on the opening day of the UAE leg at the Dubai International. Cricket Stadium. When the season was suspended in May, CSK were second in the IPL points table with 10 points from seven matches, while the title holders were a few points behind in fourth.

After winning four of their seven matches, Mumbai will look to cement their playoff hopes with a win on Sunday, leveling them with CSK.

The team has got a timely boost ahead of the UAE leg opener, with skipper Rohit joining MI's training after completing a six-day quarantine after returning from the canceled Manchester Test against England.

The Pandya brothers - Hardik and Krunal - could be the key to MI's chances for the rest of the season, while Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult will be expected to lead the attack.

Rohit, Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav and Kieron Pollard among others will be expected to fulfill the team's batting expectations.

The target for CSK will be to pick up where they left off in the first half of the season. Experienced MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina bring some serious experience to the batting order while Lungi Ngidi would expect the ball to shine.

Ruturaj Gaikwad put up an impressive performance in the first half of the campaign and the expectations will be high from the 24-year-old batsman. Ravindra Jadeja and Shardul Thakur will be expected to contribute with both bat and ball.

While Sunday's result won't significantly affect either side's playoff hopes, it could give an indication of what could lie ahead for the rest of the campaign.

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