The greatest T20 extravaganza returns as two-time defending champions Mumbai face Bangalore in the first fixture of Indian T20 League 2021 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Friday, April 9.

Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, no team will play their group-stage games at their home venue but Chepauk, in particular, is an advantageous ground for Rohit Sharma and Co.

Five-time winners Mumbai will rely on their influential openers Rohit Sharma and Chris Lynn to provide a strong start in the encounter and take advantage of Bangalore’s unsettled bowling setup.

Bangalore, on the flip side, will bank on Glenn Maxwell to redeem his hefty price tag of Rs 14.25 crore when taking on the likes of Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah. Watch Mumbai vs Bangalore live in India!

Virat Kohli’s men will be without Australian all-rounder Daniel Sams, who tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week and have been placed in quarantine. 

Devdutt Padikkal, who earlier tested positive for the coronavirus, returned with a negative test and trained with the team as he met all criteria required under the tournament's Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to be passed fit.

The Mumbai vs Bangalore head-to-head record is in outright favour of Mumbai, who have 17 wins in 27 matches against Bangalore.

Where to watch Mumbai vs Bangalore live in India?

The Indian T20 League 2021 opener Mumbai vs Bangalore will be telecast live at 7:30 PM IST on Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 2 HD, Star Sports Select 1 and Star Sports Select 1 HD TV channels in India, on Friday, April 9.

Live streaming of Mumbai vs Bangalore will be available on the Disney+ Hotstar app and website.

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Feature image courtesy: Twitter / Mumbai Indians