Sundaram Ravi (India, TV), Chris Gaffaney (New Zealand), Virender Sharma (India)
The Sheikh Zayed Stadium has hosted 45 T20I matches in the last ten years, where the highest team total has been 225/7. The pitch has been good for batsmen, but the spin bowlers often trouble them on this ground. The average run rate in T20I games played in Abu Dhabi is 7, which shows that anything above 150 will be a par score. With the pitch new, the spinners might not come into the contest as much as CSK would like but the change up in pace will still come in handy.
According to Accuweather, the players will have to ply their trade in furnace-hot like conditions as the maximum temperature will hover around the 40 degree celsius mark. With no chnace of precipitation, the fans and players will have a full game on their hands.
World's biggest T20 league is finally back after battling all the odds in its way and the tournament opener couldn't get any bigger with arch-rivals Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings facing each other. The two teams have a rich history of battling it out against one another. MI is the reigning champion and will be looking forward to starting its campaign with a victory. As for the CSK side, the men-in-yellow lead by MS Dhoni will be eyeing redemption of last year's loss and even the scales.
Last 5 Head To Head
The curtain-raiser of the IPL 2020 will be a repeat of last year's final when Mumbai Indians locked horns with CSK in the summit showdown at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad and clinched a narrow one-run win. Both teams and its players might be a bit rusty as they will be playing a competitive match after ages. Though expect this game like all CSK, MI games to go right down to the wire.