When the umpire shouts ‘play’ on Saturday evening to kick off the first game of the Indian Premier League 2020 between reigning champions Mumbai Indians
Both teams have the cushion of being in the contention for the final despite losing in the first qualifier.
“The preparations are going very nicely. Everyone is very excited. Every member of the MI Family is looking forward to going out there and defending the title. We all are very eagerly waiting for that first match.”
Ruturaj Gaikwad continued his fine form and scored yet another fifty to steer Chennai Super Kings to a nine-wicket victory over Punjab in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
Both Delhi Capitals (DC) and Royals Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will look to avoid any unwanted jitters and qualify for the play-offs with an out-right victory in their crucial Indian Premier League (IPL) match on Monday.
Riding on a late surge by Morgan and a quick–fire cameo of 11-ball 25 by Andre Russell, Kolkata posted a huge total of 191/7 and restricted a lackluster Rajasthan for 131/9.
With the all-important play-offs berths still at stake, three of the four teams featuring in Sunday’s double-header will have the last chance to flourish and advance in the current edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) .
Shikhar Dhawan (54) and Ajinkya Rahane (60) smashed fifties as Delhi chased down the target of 153 runs with six balls to spare to avoid any unwanted jitters of depending on the result of other teams after restricting Bangalore to 152/7.
A resurgent Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) will look to seal a play-off berth with a victory over table-toppers Mumbai Indians in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match on Tuesday.