CSK vs MI in IPL 2021: Rohit Sharma & Hardik Pandya not in playing XI- check real reasons

CSK vs MI LIVE in IPL 2021- Rohit Sharma & Hardik Pandya: What comes as a big blow to Mumbai Indians in the IPL 2021 Phase 2 opener, skipper Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya have been ruled out against MS Dhoni’s CSK. While Rohit Sharma was ruled out due as he was not fully fit, a development about Hardik Pandya is yet to be confirmed. Kieron Pollard is leading MI against Chennai Super Kings. Follow IPL 2021 live updates on insidesport.co and live streaming on Star Sports, Hotstar. 

“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, and we were just starting to build the momentum with a couple of wins. Rohit misses out, Hardik is not playing as well,” stand-in skipper Kieron Pollard said at the toss.

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  • Pressure on SuryaKumar Yadav in absence of Rohit Sharma. Can he step up?
  • Kieron Pollard to fill the void of Hardik Pandya as a finisher alone
  • Krunal Pandya needs to step up with the bat in absence of Hardik Pandya
  • CSK have the upper hand after exclusion of Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya in playing XI

CSK vs MI LIVE in IPL 2021- Rohit Sharma & Hardik Pandya: Mumbai Indians will be hoping that inform Rohit Sharma recovers from the injury ahead of the next match. Anmolpreet Singh has been given a chance in absence of Rohit Sharma at No.4 while Saurabh Tiwary has been drafted in the playing XI for Hardik Pandya.

Now, the middle-order will be highly dependent on in-form SuryaKumar Yadav and experienced Saurabh Tiwary. Meanwhile, Kieron Pollard will have to lead from the front when it comes to finishing off the innings. The development means CSK are in a dominant position at the start of the opening fixture against MI.

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In the match, MS Dhoni won the toss and opt to bat first. Sam Curran missed out on playing XI while Faf du Plessis recovered from his injury to open for CSK.

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“We will bat first, looks like a 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. This season, few players might say they enjoy the break. 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,” he said.

The clash between arch-rivals Chennai and Mumbai marks the resumption of the IPL 2021 in the UAE. Both sides currently find themselves in the Playoff positions. However, a win for Pollard’s men would put them four points ahead of the chasing pack.

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

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(with ANI inputs)