The pitch at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai is likely to aid spin after the first six overs of the match. That said, the ball is likely to come on to the bat pretty nicely in each of the two mandatory fielding restrictions.
The temperature is expected to hover around 28 degree celsius in the evening, with a humidity of 63 percent. There isn't any chance of rain, hence full 40 overs of play is on the cards.
As far as last season is concerned, it was one-all in the head-to-head count between the Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore. But one cannot look beyond the fact that the RCB win in IPL 2020 came via a super over, and that the five-time IPL champions are a much stronger and balanced side on paper. The Bengaluru-based franchise released a few big names, roped in a few big-money players. But their perennial problem is likely to plague them in IPL 2021 as well - lack of bowlers to bowl at the death. To add insult to injury, opener Devdutt Padikkal - their highest run-getter last season - is down with COVID-19, and thus, out of the MI clash. The Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, look like champions. Right from their opening combination of Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock, to Suryakumar Yadav, down to the Pandya brothers and Kieron Pollard, everyone is coming into IPL 2021 on the back of successful seasons with their national sides.