Delays and discussions here and there and finally Dream11 IPL is set to begin on September 19, makes the Indian cricket fans keep buzzing. With the start of a play under pandemic situations, fans are kept alive by their franchise and are dominating the internet. This season of IPL can help us to forget how broken we are.
El Clasico – MI vs CSK: What to expect
No two teams have won so many IPL titles, no two teams have played more matches each other and no two teams have stayed till the end more number of times to entertain their fans. Not more than this needed to get an opening match for a cash-rich tournament and this clash is well suited to be called an El Clasico.
This clash is set to play at Abu Dhabi which is the base for Mumbai Indians. CSK to travel and no time to assess the conditions and are going to taste the conditions for the first time tomorrow which is a big challenge for the 3-time champions.
The change in the quarantine period for England and Australian players in the likes of Sam Curran, Josh Hazlewood helps them to get into the team right from 1st match of the season.
Though MI has an edge over CSK in the head to head winning 8 out of the last 10 clashes, they have also never won their opening games since their last win in 2012.
In the absence of key-players like Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, and Lasith Malinga, this clash will absolutely miss these legends in play. Especially CSK missing out both their MR.IPL and their only off-spinner, expecting how they turn the tables in today’s clash.
Stats to look for:
CSK’s pacer Deepak Chahar has dismissed MI’s skipper Rohit Sharma 2 times out of the 6 innings in the powerplay and has conceded only 29 runs in 24 balls. Waiting to see how Chahar going to play this time.
MI’s strong death bowling and CSK’s over dependant on MS Dhoni last year towards the end of the innings is one of the clashes we are waiting for. However, MI managed to pull things off where Bumrah dismissed CSK’s captain 3 times and conceded just 39 runs in 33 balls.
CSK’s success last year was taking early wickets in the powerplay. This helped MS to maneuver their spinners in the middle overs. They have taken 56 wickets since 2018 especially 25 wickets by Chahar. Will they continue this trend against the team which has a deep hard-hitting line-up.
The total scores by a team in a T20 match never got big in UAE. The average first innings score in Abu Dhabi in the last 2 years is just 140. This is due to the slowness and dryness in the pitch.
With the pitches getting slower in UAE, spinners will be the key to success. Mumbai Indians spinners put together has a total tally of 61 wickets while CSK’s Jadeja alone has 108 IPL wickets. This is where CSK’s strength lies.
Kieron Pollard had a tremendous CPL this year, scoring 207 runs at a strike-rate of 204. CSK has to tackle him with their key bowler Imran Tahir who dismissed Pollard 4 times in 16 matches and has a dot ball percentage of 50.
Our predicted playing 11 for the 1st match of Dream11 IPL2020
Rohit Sharma(c), Quinton De Kock(wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Trent Boult, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah.
Chennai Super Kings:
Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni(c)(wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Imran Tahir.