IPL 2020: Mumbai Indians to take on Chennai Super Kings in opening game of season in Abu Dhabi

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Despite their troubled start to their lockdown tour of the UAE, it has been confirmed Chennai Super Kings will still contest the opening game of the 2020 IPL.

MS Dhoni will lead out the three-time champions against the holders Mumbai Indians in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, September 19.

The announcement of the fixture list had been delayed until less than two weeks before the first game. It was understood the organisers were reassessing the schedule of games in response to the problems CSK had been facing since arrival in Dubai last month.

Most pressingly, 13 of their tour party had tested positive for Covid-19 during the last of their mandatory tests after six days of quarantine in country.

While news of those positive tests was leaking out, it also emerged Suresh Raina, CSK’s leading run scorer, had returned home to India, and would not play in the tournament.

To add to the problems, Harbhajan Singh, their veteran spin bowler, also announced he would not be travelling to the UAE for the tournament.

Even though the Covid-19 issue led to them delaying starting practice until two days ago, they will still begin the tournament on opening night, as had initially been the plan.

The fixture pits them into a rematch of last year’s final, which they lost on the last ball to Mumbai.

“We have a skipper [MS Dhoni] who has navigated us through very tough times,” KS Viswanathan, the CSK chief executive, said on the franchise’s social media stream.

“The players are in good spirits. We have had regular zoom meetings. The coaches and the captain have addressed the players. All of them are in a good frame of mind and we will come out of a tough situation.”

The schedule sees matches being played between the three venues, with 24 group matches set for Dubai International Stadium, 20 in Abu Dhabi, and 12 at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

Here is the full schedule of IPL 2020

September 19: Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings, Abu Dhabi (7:30PM IST).

September 20: Delhi Capitals vs Kings XI Punjab, Dubai (7:30PM IST).

September 21: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, Dubai (7:30PM IST).

September 22: Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings, Sharjah (7:30PM IST).

September 23: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians, Abu Dhabi (7:30PM IST).

September 24: Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, Dubai (7:30PM IST).

September 25: Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Capitals, Dubai (7:30PM IST).

September 26: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, Abu Dhabi (7:30PM IST).

September 27: Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab, Sharjah (7:30PM IST).

September 28: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians, Dubai (7:30PM IST).

September 29: Delhi Capitals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, Abu Dhabi (7:30PM IST).

September 30: Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Dubai (7:30PM IST).

October 1: Kings XI Punjab vs Mumbai Indians, Abu Dhabi (7:30PM IST).

October 2: Chennai Super Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, Dubai (7:30PM IST).

October 3: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals, Abu Dhabi (3:30PM IST).

October 3: Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Sharjah (7:30PM IST).

October 4: Mumbai Indians vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, Sharjah (3:30PM IST).

October 4: Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings, Dubai (7:30PM IST).

October 5: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Capitals, Dubai (7:30PM IST).

October 6: Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals, Abu Dhabi (7:30PM IST).

October 7: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Chennai Super Kings, Abu Dhabi (7:30PM IST).

October 8: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kings XI Punjab, Dubai (7:30PM IST).

October 9: Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Capitals, Sharjah (7:30PM IST).

October 10: Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Abu Dhabi (3:30PM IST).

October 10: Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, Dubai (7:30PM IST).

October 11: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals, Dubai (3:30PM IST).

October 11: Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals, Abu Dhabi (7:30PM IST).

October 12: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Sharjah (7:30PM IST).

October 13: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Chennai Super Kings, Dubai (7:30PM IST).

October 14: Delhi Capitals vs Rajasthan Royals, Dubai (7:30PM IST).

October 15: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab, Sharjah (7:30PM IST).

October 16: Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Abu Dhabi (7:30PM IST).

October 17: Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, Dubai (3:30PM IST).

October 17: Delhi Capitals vs Chennai Super Kings, Sharjah (7:30PM IST).

October 18: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Abu Dhabi (3:30PM IST).

October 18: Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab, Dubai (7:30PM IST).

October 19: Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals, Abu Dhabi (7:30PM IST).

October 20: Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi Capitals, Dubai (7:30PM IST).

October 21: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, Abu Dhabi (7:30PM IST).

October 22: Rajasthan Royals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, Dubai (7:30PM IST).

October 23: Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians, Sharjah (7:30PM IST).

October 24: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Capitals, Abu Dhabi (3:30PM IST).

October 24: Kings XI Punjab vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, Dubai (7:30PM IST).

October 25: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings, Dubai (3:30PM IST).

October 25: Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians, Abu Dhabi (7:30PM IST).

October 26: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab, Sharjah (7:30PM IST).

October 27: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Delhi Capitals, Dubai (7:30PM IST).

October 28: Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, Abu Dhabi (7:30PM IST).October 29: Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Dubai (7:30PM IST).

October 30: Kings XI Punjab vs Rajasthan Royals, Abu Dhabi (7:330PM IST).

October 31: Delhi Capitals vs Mumbai Indians, Dubai (3:30PM IST).

October 31: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, Sharjah (7:30PM IST).

November 1: Chennai Super Kings vs Kings XI Punjab, Abu Dhabi (3:30PM IST).

November 1: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals, Dubai (7:30PM IST).

November 2: Delhi Capitals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, Abu Dhabi (7:30PM IST).

November 3: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Mumbai Indians, Sharjah

 

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