IPL 2018 Match Preview: Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings
As the madness of the Indian Premier League (IPL) returns, one could not have hoped for a better opening clash than the one between the Mumbai Indians (MI) and the Chennai Super Kings (CSK). They are without doubt, the two most successful teams in the history of the IPL and one can expect the noise levels to reach sky high at the Wankhede Stadium when these two teams face off.
The pressure will be on Chennai Super Kings, as it returns after a ban of two years against the defending champions from last year. What bodes well for them though is the fact that they have Mahendra Singh Dhoni as their captain, someone who has excelled under pressure for many years. The other thing that works for CSK is the fact that MI has been known to be poor starters and have lost their last five opening fixtures.
It will be interesting to see how Harbhajan Singh, who was a faithful servant for Mumbai until last season, operates against his old team on a pitch that he would know like the back of his hand. The fact that he knows the game of most of the MI players might make for a fascinating contest.
Rohit Sharma will be expected to be the mainstay of the Mumbai Indians batting order once again and they will be expecting a few fireworks at the top from Evin Lewis and Ishan Kishan. Similarly, for Chennai, it is Suresh Raina who is expected to lead the batting while Dhoni is expected to have a more important role this season according to the team management.
Mumbai’s bowling attack will have Jasprit Bumrah and Mustafizur Rehman operating in tandem and it is surely something fans are eagerly waiting to watch. Chennai, on the other hand, will be looking to test batsmen out with the pace of Lungi Ngidi and the guile of Dwayne Bravo!
The head to head record at the Wankhede Stadium favors Mumbai, who have won five out of seven games and they might just put an end to their opening fixtures blues this time around.
Mumbai Indians - Evin Lewis, Ishan Kishan (wk), Rohit Sharma (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Pat Cummins, Mustafizur Rahman, Jasprit Bumrah, Deepak Chahar
Chennai Super Kings - Murali Vijay, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Shardul Thakur, Lungi Ngidi
Match Prediction - Mumbai Indians should have the edge in this opening IPL 2018 match. However, who would bet against Dhoni,Bravo and Raina? For all your mumbai indians vs chennai super kings betting tips and analysis of the all the 2018 IPL Teams visit our IPL 2018 section.
- MS Dhoni averaged 26.36 with the bat last season and had a strike rate of 116.0, both of which are his lowest in the ten seasons he has played in.
- While he is highly regarded as an upcoming all-rounder in Indian cricket, Hardik Pandya has a bowling average of 54.2 in his IPL career, having picked up only 10 wickets from 37 matches.
- West Indian all-rounder Kieron Pollard has only picked up five wickets in his last four seasons of the IPL and none in the last two.
Date: April 7, 2018
Time: 20:00 hours IST (14:30 GMT)
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Weather: 28 - 29 degrees and clear sky.
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