The Indian Premier League (IPL) returns to India with the 14th edition of the league but it isn't entirely in the same format. The Board of Control for Cricket India (BCCI) decided to host the T20 league in only 6 venues with none of the 8 franchises playing in their home venues.The 2020 IPL took place in the UAE amid Covid-19 threat in India. Though the number of daily Covid-19 cases in the country are more than what they were when the previous IPL took place, the BCCI decided against taking the T20 league outside but came up with an innovative solution coupled with the security of bio-bubbles.The IPL 2021 campaign kicks off with defending champions Mumbai Indians taking on Royal Challengers Bangalore at Chepauk, a venue that is practically the 'home ground' of Chennai Super Kings. The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association is in charge of what sort of pitch is prepared for the match and it has been learned that the state board has used black soil for to prepare the wicket for the match on Friday.“We have prepared eight wickets out of which two are of red soil. But we have decided against using the red soil wickets because they disintegrate faster. We want to give teams sporting wickets so that we can have high scoring and entertaining games,” a TNCA official was quoted as saying by InsideSport.The Chepauk pitch is traditionally seen as a slow one with a lot of help for spinners. The usage of black soil, however, will make things better for the batsmen. The black soil wicket, in fact, is likely to produce fireworks and a high-scoring encounter.When it comes to the average scores produced in the encounter, RCB hold the upper hand with an aggregate of 166. MI, on the other hand, have an average score of 159 against the Bengaluru franchise. Going by the sort of pitch that has been created for this match, bigger scores are expected.