CSK vs MI – IPL 2021: CSK set 157 run target

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CSK vs MI – IPL 2021: Saurabh Tiwary, Kieron Pollard building crucial partnership after early wickets – MI 82/4 (12) – Follow live updates- Chennai Super Kings opening batsman Ruturaj Gaikwad slammed an outstanding 88 runs in just 58 balls to help his side put up a solid total of 156/6 in 20 overs against Mumbai Indian in the opening fixture of the IPL 2021 phase 2 here at the Dubai International Stadium, Dubai on Sunday.

CSK captain MS Dhoni won the toss and opted to bat first. The idea seemed to have backfired as Yellow Army lost four wickets inside the powerplay including Ambati Rayudu who was retired hurt as he was hit on the elbow. Trent Boult and Adam Milne took two wickets each in the power play. Faf du Plessis was removed in the very first over of the innings while Milne dismissed Moeen Ali in the 2nd over. Both the batsman were sent back on duck. In the third over Boult took the important wicket of Suresh Raina while MS Dhoni was sent back by Milne on 3.

Gaikwad and Ravindra Jadeja changed the match on its head with their 5th wicket partnership. The duo scored 81 runs for the 4th wicket. Jadeja was removed by Bumrah to provide the much-needed breakthrough. After the wicket of Jadeja, Gaikwad was joined by Bravo in the middle who played an explosive cameo of 23 runs in 8 balls. Gaikwad stayed at the crease till the end and scored 88 runs in 58 balls with the help of four sixes and nine fours.

For Mumbai Indians, Bumrah, Boult and Adam took two wickets each.

CSK vs MI Live updates

Second innings

12th Over – DJ Bravo to continue from the other end, Tiwary is looking in good touch. Drives the ball through covers for a boundary. 7 runs from the over

11th Over – Ravindra Jadeja into the attack. Tiwary welcomes him with a boundary. MS Dhoni has put a fielder straight down the ground for Pollard. Anyways Pollard hardly cares about it and smash him for a six above that fielder

10th Over – DJ Bravo is into the attack and takes the big wicket of Ishan Kishan. Pollard vs Bravo is happening. Who will win?

9th Over – Ishan Kishan is looking to stay positive, six singles from the over 54/3 (9 ov)

8th Over – Shardul Thakur to continue from the other end. Another good over for CSK as just 3 runs conceded in the over

7th Over – Moeen Ali into the attack, Just four runs of the over

6th Over – Shardul Thakur is into the attack, Ishan Kishan has joined Suryakumar Yadav in the middle. Wicket! Suryakumar Yadav goes for InsideOut but fails to connect

5th Over – Deepak Chahar has looked in full control in his first three overs. Wicket! Clean bowls Singh on 16 runs. CSK needed these wickets upfront

4th Over – Suryakumar Yadav has come out to bat at number 3, debutant Anmolpreet hits Josh for a four. Anmolpreet pulls four a six and drives for a four. Big over for MI.

3rd Over – Deepak Chahar to continue. Wicket! de Kock departs on 17. Perfect review by Dhoni as umpire gives not out on the first place

2nd Over –Josh Hazlewood to bowl from the other end. de Kock paddle sweeps to hit the first four of the innings. Ruturaj Gaikwad drops a catch of de Kock. And de Kock hits another four. How often do we see that? 13 runs from the over

1st Over – Deepak Chahar to open the bowling for CSK. Just 2 runs from the over

First innings CSK 156-6 (20 Ov)

20th Over – Jasprit Bumrah to bowl the 20th Over

  1. Wide to start with, Double on the first ball of the final over
  2. Wicket! Dwayne Bravo departs after scoring 23 runs in 8 balls
  3. Four! Insideout for a four by Ruturaj Gaikwad
  4. Takes a single to put Shardul Thakur on strike
  5. With this single CSK completes 150 runs
  6. Finishes off with a six of Bumrah, Gaikwad at his best

19th Over – Trent Boult to bowl 19th over for MI – 24 runs from the Boult over – This is the finish CSK need

  1. Gaikwad start the over with a boundary
  2. Single for Gaikwad
  3. Six another trademark shot by Bravo inside out for a six
  4. Six This time over square leg, pulls it for a maximum
  5. Takes a single to give the strike to Gaikwad
  6. Six to end the over, Gaikwad joins the party now

18th Over – Adam to bowl the 18th over for MI

  1. Beautiful yorker to start with
  2. Dot ball
  3. Stright drive for a single
  4. Bravo takes the single and gives back the strike to Gaikwad
  5. Another Single for Gaikwad, Adam is bowling a beautiful over
  6. Six! Trademark Bravo shot over overs for a six

17th Over – Bumrah will be bowling the 17th and 19th over of the match.

  • 1st ball – Dot ball
  • 2nd ball – 6 runs! Inside Out over covers by Gaikwad
  • 3rd Ball – Single to put Jadeja on strike
  • 4th Ball – Wicket! Bumrah provides the breakthrough, removes Jadeja
  • 5th Ball –  Bravo joins Gaikwad in the middle dot ball to start
  • 6th Ball – Two runs to end the over

16th Over – Captain Pollard is back into the attack, CSK need to make this overcount and start the attack in order to put a big score on the board. Back to back boundaries for Gaikwad as he completes his fifty. 11 runs from the over. 

63 runs partnership between Jadeja and Gaikwad now

15th Over – Rahul Chahar has given just 16 runs in three overs, he will look to end it with a wicket, Ruturaj Gaikwad is inching towards fifty. 6 runs from the over

14th Over – Bumrah is back into the attack, he will be bowling the crucial overs for MI. Just 6 runs from the over

13th Over – Gaikwad is looking in good touch now, hits his 5th boundary of the match against Rahul. 8 runs from the over with a boundary in it

12th Over – Krunal Pandya is struggling to find the line and length. Gaikwad dances down the ground and hits him for the first six of the match. Two fours and a six from the over. Big over for CSK

11th Over – Rahul Chahar to continue from the other end, just four runs from the over. He is bowling stump to stump giving no chance batsmen

10th Over – 10 runs from 10th over, Krunal Pandya is into the attack now.

9th Over – Rahul Chahar is into the attack now, Ruturaj Gaikwad was dropped by de Kock

9th Over – Spin from both the ends for MI, as Krunal Pandya is into the attack

8th Over – Captain Kieron Pollard into the attack, three runs from the over. Both the players are not ready to take any risk against Pollard

7th Over – Jasprit Bumrah comes out to bowl in his 100th match of IPL, Ravindra Jadeja joins Gaikwad in the middle. Just three runs from the over

6th Over – Adam to finish the powerplay for MI, Silly point placed by Rohit Sharma for MS Dhoni. Ruturaj Gaikwad is the only positive thing so far for CSK, grabs another boundary with a flick

Wicket! Adam Milne takes the big wicket of CSK skipper MS Dhoni on 3. MS goes for a pull and find the man at square leg

5th Over – Trent Boult will bowl his third over of the match. Still, no sign of Jasprit Bumrah. Another edge of the Gaikwad’s bad flys to the boundary. Seven runs of the over

4th Over – Ruturaj Gaikwad has been joined by MS Dhoni in the middle. Gaikwad flicks it for a four against Milne. Just four runs from the over

3rd Over – Suresh Raina joins Gaikwad in the middle. Mr IPL need to perform in this game to steady CSK’s innings. Raina edges it to a four over the third man

Wicket! Suresh Raina goes for a big shot tops edge it as Rahul Chahar take easy catch. Trent Boult takes his 2nd wicket

Ambati Raydu gets retired hurt

2nd Over – Adam Milne to take the new ball from the other end for MI, Moeen Ali joins Gaikwad in the middle

Wicket! Moeen Ali departs on a duck against Adam Milne, the Worst possible start for CSK

1st Over – Boult to kick start the bowling for MI, while Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis are opening the batting for CSK

Wicket! Faf du Plessis departs in the very first over of the match against Trent Boult

Chennai Super Kings Innings 156/6 (20 ov)


@19:25 – Dubai International Stadium

Average 1st Inns scores 144
Average 2nd Inns scores 122


@19:15 – Jasprit Bumrah will be playing his 100th match of IPL for Mumbai Indians while DJ Bravo will be featuring in his 100th CSK match

Toss Report – CSK won the toss and opted to bat first 


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




  • No Hardik Pandya
  • No Rohit Sharma

Both team captains at the toss

Pollard: We weren’t so sure, so happy that I lost the toss. Rohit is okay he’ll be fine sooner rather than later, I’m just the captain for today. We started a couple of months back. Rohit misses out, Hardik is not playing as well. Anmolpreet makes his debut, that’s about it, all others are regular players.

Dhoni: We will bat first, looks like I good wicket. 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 the tournament starts, you get into some sort of rhythm but this season it’s new and maybe us cricketers will start loving it. Seven games, then a break, and seven more. It comes down to how you play on that day in the shortest form. We’ll try to do the basics right and focus on the process. Sam is not available. Faf, Moeen, Bravo and Josh are playing this game.

@18:56 –


@18:55 – Mumbai Indians Anmolpreet Singh receives maiden cap

@18:55 Pitch Report

Sunil Gavaskar: The pitches are the paradise for pace bowlers. There is thick grass on the pitch.

@18:50 – Wishes from Mumbai City FC 

18:45 – Chennai Super Kings will claim the top spot of points table if they win this big game


18:30 – Mumbai Indians are all geared up for the El Classico of IPL


The CSK opener returned from CPL 2021 with a groin injury having missed the last three matches including the final for St Lucia Kings. Earlier, CSK CEO said that a call will be taken after an injury assessment before the match. AS for Dwayne Bravo, he misses out due to a groin injury.

“Faf du Plessis has passed the fitness test and he is also prepared for selection in playing in XI,” Kasi Viswanathan told InsideSport.

@18:55: What could be a big blow for MI, Rohit Sharma is doubtful, Sunil Gavaskar confirms.

@18:20: Mumbai have a little fan as IPL welcomes crowd back in UAE.

@18:00: CSK players leave hotel for stadium.

CSK vs MI LIVE: Faf Du Plessis starts practising
CSK vs MI LIVE: Faf Du Plessis starts practising

CSK vs MI LIVE in IPL 2021 – Faf Du Plessis Update: CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan said that he joined the team’s practice and looked comfortable but Robin Uthappa had been kept on standby as the backup option. However, Sam Curran is not available as he is serving a six-day quarantine having arrived in Dubai on Wednesday.

Also Read: CSK vs MI IPL 2021: Robin Uthappa set to make CSK debut if Faf Du Plessis fails to recover on time, follow LIVE Updates

“Faf has joined the team, he also practices after completing the mandatory quarantine and has started practising. The final call on his fitness will be taken ahead of the match tomorrow,” Kasi Viswanathan told InsideSport.co on Saturday.

CSK vs MI LIVE in IPL 2021: Faf Du Plessis joins CSK squad, Chennai’s CEO confirms, ‘Injury assessment before Mumbai match tomorrow’

CSK vs MI LIVE in IPL 2021: Why is Faf du Plessis doubtful for MI clash?

  • Faf Du Plessis hasn’t had any practice since suffering the groin injury last week othe than the session with CSK on Saturday.
  • He has missed three CPL matches including the final.
  • A groin injury is treated generally with rest and a week of it isn’t considered enough.
  • After a week of rest, Du Plessis will take the field, if fully fit, on Sunday and depending on injury assessment, a call will be taken.
  • Robin Uthappa has been kept on standby if Du Plessis doesn’t recover on time as a precautionary measure.

CSK vs MI IPL 2021 – Faf Du Plessis Update: Faf du Plessis, CSK’s top-scorer in IPL 2021 Phase 1, have had struggled after a concussion during the PSL 2021. He missed the remaining PSL matches while also pulling out of The Hundred. As a result, his form dipped too. But just when he started to regain form with a century against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots and followed that up with an 84 against Barbados Royals, Du Plessis suffered a groin injury, ruling him out of the remainder CPL 2021.

CSK vs MI IPL 2021: Faf Du Plessis joins CSK squad, Chennai’s CEO confirms, ‘Injury assessment before Mumbai match tomorrow’

Also Read: IPL 2021: CSK’s CPL stars Imran Tahir, Dwayne Bravo arrive in UAE, doubts remain over injured Faf du Plessis’ availability

As groin injury could take 4-6 weeks to recover, even with a Grade 1 injury, it is expected to take Faf Du Plessis another week to recover. As per sports medicine specialists, the best way recovery method for groin injury is to rest. The CSK opener has had just a week of rest so far and that period is rather short for recovery.

“He is in isolation as arrived only last night. Once he is out, we will assess his injury and then take a call accordingly. But there is no need to worry right now,” Kasi Viswanathan told InsideSport.co.

Also Read: CSK vs MI in IPL 2021: CSK’s Faf du Plessis sustains injury, Who will open with Ruturaj Gaikwad?

Against the defending champions, missing Du Plessis will be a big blow as he was in red-hot form in the tournament amassing 277 runs. He was also the leading run-scorer for CSK in IPL 2021. He scored 320 runs in seven matches with a best of 95* at an average of 64.00 and a strike rate of 145.45. He also smashed four fifties in those matches. But if he fails to recover Ruturaj Gaikwad will have a new partner i.e Robin Uthappa.

CSK vs MI IPL 2021: Since joining CSK from Rajasthan Royals in a trade deal, the former KKR star has warmed the bench. But he has been put on standby with clouds over Faf Du Plessis’ availability.

IPL 2021: What could be Chennai Super Kings’ Playing XI against Mumbai Indians?

Openers: Ruturaj Gaikwad & Robin Uthappa No 3: Moeen Ali, No 4: Suresh Raina, No 5: Ambati Rayudu, No 6: Ravindra Jadeja, No 7: MS Dhoni (c & wk), No 8: Shardul Thakur, No 9: Deepak Chahar, No 10: Lungi Ngidi, No 11: J Hazlewood

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