WATCH: Hardik Pandya gets lost between choosing batting or bowling during MI vs CSK toss

After initially opting to bat first, he switched his decision later to bowling first. 
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During the coin toss of the Mumbai Indians (MI) vs Chennai Super Kings (CSK) clash tonight in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL 2024), MI skipper Hardik Pandya had a moment of faux pas. 

After winning the toss, Pandya got lost between choosing batting or fielding. After initially opting to bat first, he switched his decision later to bowling first. 

Given the fact that dew will set in and help the batters more in the second half, Hardik decided to bowl first. 

Giving his reason for the decision, Pandya said, “We would like to bowl first; dew will come into play. The pitch looks better than the last game, expecting a lot of runs. Need to stick to the basics. Winning is very important to get momentum. We were able to win two games convincingly. That’s the beauty of IPL; everyone has to contribute. Your team will be able to achieve its goals eventually. The dew started coming post 10 overs (in the last game). It gets heavier in the evening. Same team.“

CSK skipper Ruturaj Gaikwad leads from the front with a stellar fifty

At the time of writing this report, CSK are batting on 127 for 2 in 13.4 overs. While skipper Ruturaj Gaikwad has already completed his fifty, talented middle-order batter Shivam Dube is inching close to his respective half-century.

For MI, Gerald Coetzee and Shreyas Gopal have taken one wicket each. 

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The marquee clash between the two heavyweight franchises of Indian cricket holds significant importance. Mumbai Indians, of late, have picked up the pace in their campaign with two consecutive wins after a poor start to the tournament with a hattrick of losses and will look to continue the momentum. 

Meanwhile, the defending champions are placed third on the points table with three wins from five games and will aim to consolidate their qualification chances further. 

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