The 14th edition Indian Premier League (IPL) will kick off today at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai as defending champions Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore face each other today.
MA Chidambaran is traditionally known for assisting slower bowlers. I probably feel batsmen won’t find easy to get going in this pitch. But not to forget guys like Kohli, Rohit, de Villiers, Hardik and Pollard with the bat in hand can hit long irrespective of the playing conditions. Taking dew factor in considering, team winning toss might go with bowling first as gripping ball wont be an easy piece of cake later in the second innings.
The head to head stats is clearly in favor of the 5 times champions Mumbai. I personally give it a 60-40 in favor of the defending champions but since this is the start of a fresh season, you can’t never really predict what’s exactly is in the store for the cricket fans. Since this is the first match, no momentums to be considered as far as the recent performances are concerned. Overall, I am expecting a good contest between two strong sides with Mumbai having a slight advantage.
Head to Head Stats
Total Matches : 29
Won by Mumbai : 19
Won by Bangalore : 10
No Result : 0
Fantasy Picks :
Mumbai Indians : Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan
Royal Challengers Bangalore : Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Josh Philippe
Captaincy Picks : Suryakumar Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Glenn Maxwell, Navdeep Saini
Mumbai Indians Probable Playing XI
Rohit Sharma (C)
Ishan Kishan (wk)
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Probable Playing XI
Virat Kohli (C)
AB de Villiers
Rohit Sharma, Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Dhawal Kulkarni, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Jasprit Bumrah, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Quinton de Kock, Rahul Chahar, Suryakumar Yadav, Chris Lynn, Mohsin Khan, Saurabh Tiwary, Trent Boult, Adam Milne, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Piyush Chawla, James Neeshan, Yudhvir Charak, Marco Jansen, Arjun Tendulkar.
Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Yuzvendra Chahal, Devdutt Padikkal, Harshal Patel, Daniel Sams, Washington Sundar, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Adam Zampa, Shahbaz Ahmed, Kane Richardson, Pavan Deshpande, Glenn Maxwell, Sachin Baby, Rajat Patidar, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Kyle Jamieson, Dan Christian, Suyesh Prabhudessai, K.S. Bharat, Finn Allen.