Welcome to our preview of the first match of IPL 2018 between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings match that is to be played on 07 Apr 2018, Saturday. The match will be played in the iconic Wankhede stadium of Mumbai. In this post I will provide a preview of the match along with probable playing 11 and my team prediction for Dream11 and CricPick Fantasy Website. We provide safe Dream11 team for free so that you can make huge profit in Dream11, Myteam11, Leagueadd, CricPick and other Fantasy Cricket Games.
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When and Where
Match: MI vs CSK, 1st Match, Indian Premier League, 2018
Date: Saturday, April 07, 2018
Time: 02:30 PM GMT
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Mumbai Indians Squad: Jean-Paul Duminy, Rohit Sharma (c), Kieron Pollard, Pradeep Sangwan, Saurabh Tiwary, Aditya Tare (wk), Mitchell McClenaghan, Suryakumar Yadav, Pat Cummins, Ben Cutting, Akila Dananjaya, Evin Lewis, Siddhesh Lad, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Mustafizur Rahman, Ishan Kishan (wk), MD Nidheesh, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Sharad Lumba, Tajinder Singh, Anukul Roy, Mayank Markande, Mohsin Khan
Chennai Super Kings Squad: Harbhajan Singh, Shane Watson, Dwayne Bravo, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Murali Vijay, Karn Sharma, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Imran Tahir, Faf du Plessis, Deepak Chahar, Sam Billings (wk), Mark Wood, Shardul Thakur, Dhruv Shorey, Lungi Ngidi, Monu Kumar, Kshitiz Sharma, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Kanishk Seth, N Jagadeesan, KM Asif
Stadium: Wankhede Stadium
Ends: Garware Pavilion End, Tata End
Hosts to: Mumbai
Venue Scoring Pattern
Avg 1st inn score: 187
Avg 2nd inn score: 183
Highest Total: 230/8 (19.4 Ov) by Eng vs RSA
Lowest Total: 172/10 (20 Ov) by Afg vs RSA
Highest Chased: 230/8 (19.4 Ov) by Eng vs RSA
Lowest Defended: 209/5 (20 Ov) by RSA vs Afg
This is the very first match of Indian Premier League 2018 so lineup is not known, but we will try our best to predict the playing eleven below. Mumbai Indians, the prevailing champions have a very balanced side and are tournament favourites. Their opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Evin Lewis can take the game away from the opposition in a matter of overs, while layers like Pandya brothers and Pollard can give the late surge required at death overs. It is the bowling which could be a matter of concern as they don’t have a quality Indian spinner and Bumrah is the only frontline Indian pacer in the squad. So they will be dependent on their foreign imports like Cummins, McClenaghan and Fizz which means Duminy will find it difficult to make it to starting 11.
Chennai Super Kings are returning back to IPL after serving a suspension of two years. They have retained most of the core players which have been so instrumental to their success. This squad would have been envious for anyone 5 years back but the question is are they good enough now? Time will say but I seriously feel that they lack firepower as well as bowling depth. They will be dependent on Watson and Murli to get them off to a flying start followed by IPL’s own child Suresh Raina to accelerate during the middle overs. The two dark horses in the side are Ambati Rayadu and Kedar Jadhav who can do the damage in the death overs and offcourse we can never ignore MSD. It remains to be seen how Jadeja fairs this season. Dwayne Bravo would be their main bowler but he has been somewhat quiet off late. In the spin department, most likely they will play Bhajji but I won’t be surprised if Karn Sharma is preferred over him considering his all round abilities. One of the two new pacers procured this season Ngidi or Wood may play in this match.
Mumbai Indians probable eleven
Evin Lewis,Ishan Kishan/Aditya Tare,Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya,Kieron Pollard,Hardik Pandya,Rahul Chahar, Pat Cummins,Jasprit Bumrah, Mustafizur Rahman/Ben Cutting
Chennai Super Kings probable eleven
Murali Vijay,Shane Watson,Suresh Raina, Faf Du Plessis,MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav,Dwayne Bravo,Ravindra Jadeja,Harbhajan Singh , Shardul Thakur , Mark Wood/Lungisani Ngidi,
Wicket-keeper : Dhoni is a no-brainer as it’s difficult to say who among Ishan Kishan and Aditya Tare will start.
Batsman : E Lewis, R Sharma, K Jadhav,S Raina, Faf du Plesis, A Rayudu, K Pollard
All-rounder : R Jadeja, D Bravo, S Watson, H Pandya, K Pandya
Bowler : J Bumrah, M Rahman, P Cummins, M McClenaghan
Captain and Vice-Captain options
M Dhoni, R Sharma, S Raina, E Lewis, S Watson, H Pandya, J Bumrah
With home advantage and more balanced side, MI look favorites to win this encounter.
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