In what could be considered as El Clasico of the Indian Premier League (IPL), former champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) are set to clash against defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI), in Match 41 of the 2020 edition, in Sharjah, on Friday. The match could not have higher stakes, as CSK desperately need a win to stay in playoffs contention, while a win for MI would inch them closer to a playoffs berth.

CSK are having a horrible season so far, having lost seven matches in 10 games, besides winning just three, as they are placed at the bottom of the table. For MI, they would be looking to win their first consecutive title, while they have won six matches in nine so far, placed at third.

Team composition: CSK have a balanced squad, which is slightly batting heavy. However, barring their top-order, the others have barely fired. As for MI, they are dominating in the other department, i.e. bowling, which has been successful and is evident by their team's performance so far.

Current form: Both the teams are coming off respective losses. While CSK lost to Rajasthan Royals (RR), MI suffered a heartbreaking defeat to Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in twin Super Overs.

Head-to-head: As for their head-on clashes, both teams have met on 31 occasions, with MI winning 18 and CSK winning 13. In 29 IPL clashes, MI have won 17 and CSK have 12 wins. In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), both have clashed on two occasions, with CSK winning on both instances.

Weather and pitch conditions: The weather in Sharjah is expected to be hot, with temperature likely to be around 35 degrees, along with a 35% chance of humidity. Although the pitch has started to deteriorate, it would still favour the batsmen, with a score around 170-180 being par total.

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Probable XI
Faf Du Plessis, Shane Watson, Sam Curran, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Kedhar Jadhav, Piyush Chawla, Josh Hazlewood, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar and Karn Sharma.
MI: Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton De Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Trent Boult, Rahul Chahar and Jasprit Bumrah.

Dream XI
Du Plessis (c), Watson, Pandya, Rohit- Du Plessis, along with Watson or Rohit, can give the perfect start, while Pandya can act as the finisher. Du Plessis's fine form makes him the skipper.
Wicketkeeper: De Kock: The South African wicketkeeper-batsman has been in a splendid form and is likely to continue with the same, as he is also our vice-captain.
All-rounders: Curran, Jadeja, Krunal- All the three are likely to make the most impact with their bowling, while Jadeja can act as a finisher too.
Bowlers: Chahar, Bumrah, Boult- All the three are pace bowlers and are in fine form, who would certainly make an impact in Sharjah, as the track somewhat assists the pacers.

Players to watch out
The opening batsman and MI skipper, Rohit has been decent, but the fans would be hoping for a big knock from him. Can he do it in this?
Dhoni: The CSK skipper has been in an average form with the bat. Fans and the management would be hoping for a decent knock of him, most importantly, a match-winning one.