The defending champions walk into the tournament with a very strong squad again. Led by the 5 times winning captain Rohit Sharma, the team boasts tremendous strength in its batting unit and a bowling attack that scars even the best batsmen. Lynn might open with Ro due to the unavailability of Quinny, followed by Surya and Ishan to provide power at the top. The firepower follows them through the Pollard and Pandya brothers who can easily bash the balls out of the stadium.
The lethal bowling attack led by Bumrah and Boult will give a tough time for batsmen in the initial and final stages while Chahar and Krunal can see through the middle overs. While the race for the third bowler is wide open, we believe Jimmy or Milne would be the top choice. Can MI retain their title and make a record of winning 3rd consecutive title? Wait and watch.
Oh wait, can MI change the record of losing its first games too ?
Possible – 11
Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de Kock (WK), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kieran Pollard, Jimmy Neesham, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
The star-studded lineup led by Virat Kohli will be looking to claim their maiden title with this squad. RCB has tightened all the loose bolts and has strengthened their squad with enough firepower with both bat and ball. Addition of Maxi and Jamieson. The heroic ABDe and Virat are expected to lead the attack as usual with Maxwell providing enough fire after them. Padikal is still doubtful for the first match, but that doesn’t seem like a worry for RCB as they have Azharuddeen. The bowling department consists of Chahal, Sundar, Jamieson, Siraj, Saini, and also Dan Christian. Will RCB start off with a win and claim their maiden title? Stay tuned.
Possible – 11
Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli (C), Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers (WK), Mohammed Azharuddeen, Sachin Baby, Washington Sundar, Daniel Christian, Kyle Jamieson, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Mumbai Indians will be looking to defend their title and claim their 6th IPL Crown. While RCB will be looking to win their first-ever IPL title. The game looks very interesting with many brilliant players going heads-on in such a game with very high stakes. The IPL showdown begins with a clash of heavyweights. But who’ll win? MI haven’t had a single win in their opening game and RCB haven’t had a good record in Chepauk. With the stakes so high, the big match players need to step up and guide their teams home.
Royal Challengers Bangalore might come out on top in this opening clash.
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