Match preview – Mum Indians vs RCB, IPL 2021, 1st leg


Strong teams start the season slowly, turning Chennai

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It’s only been five months since the Mumbai Indians won their fifth title in Dubai, and the IPL is already back. The return is also a return home, but the creepy, non-worldly feeling that accompanied the 2020 tournament release will continue, simply because the world hasn’t changed that much in the meantime. You may even ask whether India, which has recorded over 100,000 new Covid-19 cases every day since April 4, should host an IPL at all.

The timing and rigorous protocols perfected by cricket during these months of the pandemic will answer that question. For now, pay attention to the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, the first stop of the tournament to be played entirely on neutral pitches. If the terrain is in line with recent nature, it will present Mumbai and the Royal Challengers to Bangalore a rigorous test of their adaptability.