Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings – it does not get bigger than this – as two of the most successful franchises in the history of the IPL lock horns with each other in the tournament opener in Abu Dhabi. What makes this game also interesting is that such big names will be playing in front of empty stands. Also Read - IPL 2020 Live Cricket Score KKR vs RCB, Today's Match 39 Live Updates Abu Dhabi: Banton Out, Karthik Joins Morgan

Both sides have had their fair share of difficulties after landing in the UAE, but CSK has had bigger problems. Yet, the MS Dhoni side may have their noses in front going into the high-octane clash. They have massive experience in their ranks and hence even after Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh have pulled out of the tournament, CSK still wears a look of a big team. Also Read - KKR vs RCB Dream11 Team Prediction Dream11 IPL 2020: Captain, Vice-captain, Fantasy Playing Tips, Probable XIs For Today's Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore T20 Match 39 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi 7.30 PM IST Wednesday, October 21

What works in favour of CSK?

Abundance of Experience Also Read - KKR vs RCB 11Wickets Fantasy Cricket Tips Dream11 IPL 2020: Pitch Report, Fantasy Playing Tips, Probable XIs For Today's Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore T20 Match 39 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi 7.30 PM IST Wednesday October 21

Sans Raina as well, they look solid at the to and have players who can on a given day bat anywhere in the Top 4. They have a Faf Du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson and MS Dhoni and all of them have huge experience of the game and how to handle pressure situations.

Spin to Win

The pitches in UAE are going to assist the spinners, and without Harbhajan in their ranks as well, they have Imran Tahir, Ravindra Jadeja, Piyush Chawla and Mitchell Santner – who on their day can win matches.

MS Dhoni – The biggest advantage

Having Dhoni on your side is an advantage even before the first ball is bowled. That is the impact a 39-year old Dhoni will still have. Not only can he finish games and score well at the backend, but he can also guide his troops from behind the stumps and win games from there.

The match starts at 7:30 PM IST and you can watch the live coverage on Star Sports Network and stream it on Hotstar.

Likely 11

MI: Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Nathan Coulter-Nile/Mitchell McClenaghan, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah.

CSK: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, DJ Bravo, Piyush Chawla, Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir/Lungi Ngidi, Shardul Thakur.

SQUADS

MI: Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Nathan Coulter-Nile/Mitchell McClenaghan, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah, Saurabh Tiwary, Chris Lynn, Anmolpreet Singh, Sherfane Rutherford, Prince Balwant Rai, Anukul Roy, Aditya Tare, Digvijay Deshmukh, James Pattinson, Mohsin Khan, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jayant Yadav, Nathan Coulter-Nile/Mitchell McClenaghan.

CSK: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, DJ Bravo, Piyush Chawla, Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir/Lungi Ngidi, Shardul Thakur, Murali Vijay, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Monu Kumar, Mitchell Santner, Sam Curran, N Jagadeesan, KM Asif, Karn Sharma, Sai Kishore, Josh Hazlewood, Imran Tahir/Lungi Ngidi.