Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma after the toss said, "Just feel that we have tried everything in the two games we have played. From here on, every game is important. Need to focus on the game at hand... Keep ticking the small boxes and see what we can do as a team here. [Hardik] is very passionate about the game and the comeback. He is playing tonight. Saurabh misses out, and we have Hardik back."
The 32-year-old has played 298 innings before Sunday's match and has scored runs at an average of 41.61 with the help of five hundreds and 73 fifties. His highest individual score was 113. His career strike-rate has been an impressive 134 plus.
KKR got off to a bad start, consolidated in the first 10 overs, lost some momentum between overs 14-16, and then finished with a flourish as they kept alive their hopes of using the slow track to their benefit.
Chris Gayle's quiet time at the crease ended with Rashid Khan getting one to turn in, trapping him lbw in the eleventh over. Nicholas Pooran slammed Sandeep Sharma for a six over deep mid-wicket.
DC spinner Ravichandran Ashwin added another feather to his illustrious cap when he dismissed Rajasthan Royals batsman David Miller to grab his 250th wicket in T20 cricket. Ashwin became only the third Indian after Amit Mishra and Piyush Chawla to do so.
Chennai Super Kings registered an assertive six-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore in Sharjah
After electing to field first, Kolkata started the innings with Nitish Rana taking the new ball. His first ball was driven by Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma for a creamy drive through extra cover. It was an indication of what was to come in the power-play.
The deadly Covid-19 virus has come back to haunt IPL 2021 yet again. This time Sunrisers Hyderabad pacer T Natarajan tested positive for the virus in a scheduled RT-PCR test. The 30-year-old has isolated himself from the rest of the SRH squad and is currently asymptomatic.
Sanju Samson, the Captain of Rajasthan Royals has been fined after his team maintained a slow over-rate during their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 match against Punjab Kings at the Dubai International Stadium on Tuesday
T Natarajan from Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) has tested positive for COVID-19 during a scheduled RT-PCR test ahead of the team's match against Delhi Capitals later on Wednesday.
With the second phase of IPL 2021 already underway, Punjab Kings and Rajasthan Royals are ready to clash tonight (September 21) at Dubai International Stadium.
A few days back, Kohli had decided to step down as India's T20 captain to lessen his workload. Virat Kohli decided to step down from T20 captaincy after the upcoming T20 world Cup scheduled to be held in Dubai this year.
Electing to bat first, Chennai got an early jolt with Trent Boult taking out Faf du Plessis for a three-ball duck, slashing straight to Adam Milne at short third man. In the next over, it was Milne's turn to take a wicket, taking out Moeen Ali for a three-ball duck, hitting straight to short cover.
MS Dhoni returns as captain for Chennai while Kieron Pollard is captaining in Rohit Sharma's absence. Dhoni said that the pitch at Dubai looks better and setting a target would be a better option.
The most awaited IPL 2021 will be resumed with Mumbai Indians (MI) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK), the two most successful teams.
The second leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 will witness the return of fans inside the stadiums in UAE, confirmed the IPL in a statement on Wednesday.
The second phase of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season will resume from September 19 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Reigning champions Mumbai Indians (MI) will face Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the opening game at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Chennai Super Kings will be back in action when the UAE leg of the IPL resumes on September 19 against Mumbai Indians in Dubai.
Mumbai is all set to resume their campaign in a blockbuster clash against Chennai Super Kings on September 19 in Dubai.
The extravaganza T20 tournament - IPL - will kick-off in September.
The tournament once again is set to be conducted closed doors at least for the starting of the remaining 31 matches in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi.
Dhoni will lead the franchise in the remainder of IPL 2020 matches in the United Arab Emirates in September-October. While his performance with the bat in the first half of the tournament, before it was suspended due to the emergence of COVID-19 cases in the bio-bubble, was ordinary, his leadership has kept the team together. CSK is in second position with five wins in seven matches.
Former India cricket team skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has got a new competitor to ‘test his fitness ahead of the suspended Indian Premier League (IPL) season, which will resume in the third week of September.
"September 15 to October 15 is the window. Initially, BCCI was thinking of having 10 double headers. But, in third and fourth week of September, having 10 afternoon matches can be physically exhausting for player in such short window," a BCCI source told PTI on the condition of anonymity.
Indian Premier League's (IPL) remaining matches this season will be held in United Arab Emirates in the months of September-October, the Indian cricket board confirmed on Saturday.