IPL 2020: Challenge of pole position for Mumbai and Chennai, Match Preview

Abu Dhabi The opening match between the two most successful teams of this league will be played this evening in the 13th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). During the match, both the previous champions Mumbai Indians and runner-up Chennai Super Kings will be eyeing the winning start. But who gets the ‘pole position’ by winning the first match of IPL.

It will be decided only after the match. However, due to different circumstances in the UAE, the challenge for both teams will be extremely difficult. So far, both teams have played a total of 30 matches in the league. Mumbai Indians have won 18 times and CSK has won 12 times.

Chennai will have to overcome Raina-Bhajji’s departure
Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has a challenge to overcome his team from the impact of Raina-Bhajji episode. Even before the league, veteran batsman Suresh Raina and veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh had withdrawn from the league for personal reasons. Raina is the second highest run-scorer in the league, while Harbhajan has the highest number of wickets in the league at number three. Both of them have overcome the team many times.

In such a situation, it will be difficult for Captain Dhoni to compensate these two. But Dhoni is considered to be the captain who manages the team in any case and certainly Dhoni must have thought how to take the team forward without Raina-Bhajji. It is believed that Dhoni can replace Kedar Jadhav at number three in place of Raina. Similarly, due to Bhajji’s departure, Piyush Chawla has been confirmed to be in the last XI in the team. However Dhoni can also take a shocking decision.

This can be Chennai’s team
The Chennai team’s opening can see Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu. However, if the foreign cricketer fits in the combination, Faf du Plesis can also open with Watson. In the last 4 foreign cricketers, Dwayne Bravo, Watson is scheduled to play. In the middle order, the responsibility will remain on Dhoni’s shoulders. Imran Tahir, Ravindra Jadeja are scheduled to play in the spin.

Also one of Piyush Chawla and Mitchel Saintner can be chosen. In fast bowling, the names of Shardul Thakur and Deepak Chahar (Deppak Chahar) are fixed. Bravo will remain apart from these two. Whether or not to make room for one of Lungi Nagidi and Jos Hazelwood will depend on the wicket situation.

Mumbai’s batting is strong
Talking about Mumbai, the strength of his batting has increased with the arrival of Chris Lynn. However, Lynn will not open here like KKR. For this, Captain Rohit Sharma has already cleared the name of South African wicket-keeper Quinton De Kock.

The pair of Rohit and De Kock had added 565 runs in 15 matches last year. Therefore, if this pair caught the rhythm again, the Chennai bowlers may have to spend a hard time in the field. In the middle order, Mumbai has a long experienced line-up of SuryaKumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya.

There is no Lasith Malinga in bowling, but the trio of James Pattinson, Trent Boult and Nathan Coulter Nile are also no less. The rest are Jasprit Bumrah. In spin, the team will have the weight of the team on the shoulders of Rahul Chahar and Krunal. Together, all these will also have the cooperation of Hardik and Pollard.


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