Fact– The last time IPL was partially held in UAE back in 2014, KKR emerged as the eventual champions.
CSK, on the other hand have had a rollercoaster of a ride even before the start of the tournament with COVID cases in thair camp and veterans Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh pulling out. Skipper MS Dhoni, with a depleted side will have a mountain to climb if he has to take his team into the playoffs from here.
Comparing the two teams, Mumbai Indians seem to have the balance slightly tilted more to their favour with Rohit, Pandya brothers — Hardik and Krunal — the indomitable Kieron Pollard and the ‘King of Death’ bowling Jasprit Bumrah giving it a menacing look.
This evening, Rohit Sharma’s defending champions Mumbai Indians will be locking horns with Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings in what is likely to be a fittingly exciting opening showdown
After close to three weeks of practice in the bio-secure bubble and the Australia and England players recently joining in from the United Kingdom, all the 8 franchises now look prepared and rearing to go for the 53-day tournament that will have a total of 60 matches.

With the world, including India, still finding it difficult to cope up with COVID-19 challenges, the 13th edition of the tournament comes as a sigh of relief for the cricket frenzy nation and with a promise of being a happy distraction.
Hello and welcome to TimesofIndia.com live coverage of the lung opener of IPL 2020 between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings, being played at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.