Chennai Super Kings
The MS Dhoni led team will look to make a grand entrance in this season of IPL, as they were not able to make it to playoffs last season for the first time in history of IPL. Raina is back among the troops and also there are a few additions in Ali, Gowtham, and Pujara. The CSK squad looks complete and has a good mix of youth and experience.
The x-factor for CSK is again MSD who if in his vital touch, can lead the team to its glory. The batting unit looks strong with Raina,Faf, Gaikwad, Jagdesson, Pujara and MSD. Also, Sam Curran and Dj Bravo can add bit of fireworks down the line. Bowling department also looks great with Shardul and Chahar leading the attack with Curran and Gowtham taking turns to hunt the wickets. If all goes well, CSK may end up with the cup this season.
Possible – 11
Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Sam Curran, MS Dhoni (C/WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Moeen Ali, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir
Delhi Capitals is walking in as the runners up from last season. But, they’ll miss their captain Shreyas Iyer as he’s out injured. The team is now led by the Southpaw Rishab Pant. The way the team might play this year could be as fearless as Pant. Addition of Steve Smith could boost their chances in their hunt for maiden title. The bowling department led by the fearsome duo of Rabada and Nortje will be missed but Woakes and Ishant will trouble the opponent batsman and give them a tough time. Also, Ashwin and Axar will be giving enough support with the ball. The team led by Pant looks all set to hunt down their maiden title after missing it by an inch last season.
Possible – 11
Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Steve Smith, Ajinkya Rahane, Shimron Hetmyer, Rishabh Pant (C/WK), Marcus Stoinis, R Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Chris Woakes, Ishant Sharma
Both CSK and DC have revamped themselves from last season, but however the absence of key players like Rabada and Nortje who were the main stays of DC last season might haunt them in their first game. However both the teams have enough manpower with both batting and bowling departments to replace the unavailable players. The match will be thrilling as CSK is known for nail bitting finishes.
Chennai Super Kings might come out on top in this clash.
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