Chennai Super Kings are going to return to the Indian Premier League after three years, and they will start the proceedings with a fixture against Mumbai Indians.
The first game of the new season will kickstart with this scintillating encounter of Chennai and last year’s finalists Mumbai. Led by two stalwarts of Indian cricket, MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma, the two sides will be looking forward to begin their campaign with three points.
It will be interesting to see whether Ishan Kishan opens with Evin Lewis, who has been in a blistering form of late. On the other hand, Rohit Sharma will have a hard time to choose best bowlers among Mitchell McClenaghan, Pat Cummins or Mustafizur Rahman. All of them are proven players in the shortest format of the game, but provided that Lewis and Pollard are more or less sure pick, only two of them can play. It seems likely that Rahman will get the axe. On the other hand, in the middle order, it will be a choice between Suryakumar Yadav and Saurabh Tiwary and the latter might be favourite to get the nod.
Here is the predicted eleven for Mumbai Indians.
Evin Lewis, Ishan Kishan (WK), Rohit Sharma, Saurabh Tiwary, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Pat Cummins, Jasprit Bumrah, Rahul Chahar.
Chennai Super Kings:
Dhoni will have a tough call to make, as reliable middle order batsman Faf Du Plessis is out of the action with an injury. Most probably, Sam Billings will open the innings with Murali Vijay, while Imran Tahir, Dwayne Bravo and Mark Wood wi.
Probable lineup for Chennai Super Kings are as follows:
Murali Vijay, Sam Billings, Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (C & WK), Ambati Rayudu, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir, Mark Wood.
What are they saying?
“I would like to keep that as a surprise. Our middle order is very good and we have got good openers in Evin Lewis and Ishan Kishan. We will see on the 7th where I bat. I would like to keep that as a surprise,” Mumbai Indians skipper said when he was asked about his possibility of opening in the game.
On the other hand, Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming commented on the nature of the pitch he is expecting, “It’s hard to read it right now. It’s very dry underneath. It’s tough one to read. Usually it plays pretty well. This time of the year the average score is 165. We’re expecting there will be good pace and carry. Dew factor there’s a lot of aspects of it to consider but think it’ll be pretty good.”
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