Saturday, April 7, 2018 – 12:30am AEST – Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
The opening of 2018 Indian Premier League will see reigning champions Mumbai Indians take on Chennai Super Kings on Saturday (7th April) at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
The match-up will mark Chennai’s return to the league after two years — MS Dhoni and co. will be keen to get off to good start in the competition.
For Mumbai, they will be focused on producing results in their opening game. The three-time champions have signed new players and will field a new bowling lineup. The Indians have brought in players like JP Duminy and Elvin Lewis to bolster the batting resources.
Captain Rohit Sharma has played competitive cricket and led India in the recently concluded Nidahas Trophy.
Sharma has been in good form in the shorter formats of the game for India in past few months. In IPL, he holds an excellent record in the competition and has scored 4207 runs from 159 games played. He is certainly the premier batsman in the side and would be keen to produce runs for the side in the tournament opener against Chennai Super Kings. JP Duminy might open the innings with Sharma for this game.
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Duminy has been playing competitive cricket and led Islamabad United to clinch their second title in 2018 PSL final against Peshawar Zalmi. The left-handed batsman showcased good form and chipped in with scores on a regular basis for the side. Evin Lewis could be used in the middle order given if Mumbai decides to not play Kieron Pollard for this game.
Hardik Pandya has been phenomenal at the international stage for India and would be keen to enhance his reputation in this year’s competition. Pandya brings a lot of value to the side with the bat and ball. He might be crucial to Mumbai’s chances of going the distance in the league.
Last season, Krunal Pandya was excellent for Mumbai with bat and ball throughout the competition. He played some crucial knocks to see Mumbai eke out close victories. Pandya is also a handy bowler and has the knack of picking up wickets for Mumbai in the middle overs.
Shane Watson might partner Vijay at the top of the innings. Australian all-rounder is coming into the competition on the back strong performance in the Pakistan Super League. Watson has definitely looked in better shape and has found his mojo with the ball.
Suresh Raina will be a crucial player for Chennai Super Kings in the middle order. The left-handed batsman has played competitive cricket leading up to the IPL. Chennai will be hoping he can perform in this game. Faf Du Plessis and Captain MS Dhoni are experienced players who will be keen to do well with the bat.
Imran Tahir and Ravindra Jadeja will be two spin options for the side while Shardul Thakur and Dwayne Bravo will pace bowlers for the game. Deepak Chahar might also start the game for Chennai.
Rohit Sharma betting specials
- To score 50- +200 at William Hill
- Top Mumbai batsman – $3.75 at Sportsbet.au
- Man of the match – $7.00 at Sportsbet.au
Sharma has been a premier batsman for the franchise since past five years. He has been instrumental with the bat at the top of the innings and helped them clinch three IPL trophies during this period.
Mumbai Captain will be keen to do better in this year’s competition.
Shane Watson betting specials
- To score 50- +275 at William Hill
- Top Chennai batsman – $3.75 at Sportsbet.au
- Man of the match – $9.00 at Sportsbet.au
Shane Watson has been in excellent form with the bat and ball. The all-rounder did exceedingly well for Quetta Gladiators. Watson has looked in good shape in recently concluded PSL
Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings
- Mumbai win/Sharma top batsman- $5.50 at Sportsbet
Given the home advantage, Mumbai will favorite to win this game against Chennai Super Kings. Reigning champions have a much-balanced side in this year’s competition.
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