Chennai Super Kings won the toss and decided to field first in the much-anticipated high voltage tournament-opener against defending champions Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
Here is what the captains said:
‘We will bowl first. There will be some dew later on, it’s a good batting surface. It feels nice to be back in yellow, but we can’t be emotional. Starting well is important. Wood, Tahir, Bravo and Watson are the four overseas players today.
‘Happy to bat first, we were bowling as well. Fresh wicket, should be plenty of runs on offer. We have prepared very well, we have come together as a group. It’s time to perform. What we have done in the past doesn’t matter a lot, we will have to start afreash. CSK play well as a team, we have got four bowlers, two genuine all-rounders in the Pandya brothers. McClenaghan, Bumrah and Mustafizur are our pace options, Mayank Markande is the new guy in our team, heard good things about him.’
The fans could not have asked for a better game to start the eleventh season of world’s biggest T20 league. The cricket-obsessed fans of Mumbai will be cheering their team to the fullest as the Rohit Sharma-led side start their title defence.
On the other hand, Chennai Super Kings will attract each and every eye balls in their first game since losing the final against Mumbai Indians in 2015. One of the most decorated teams in the history of the league, the Super Kings’ charge in IPL came to a screeching halt when they were banned for a couple of years in 2015. But it is safe to say that their popularity has not taken much of a beating.
Now controversies and comebacks aside, the upcoming fixture is probably the biggest in the league. Both the teams have given the fans some absolute enthralling games over the years and the whole cricketing fraternity is looking forward to another such contest. So fingers crossed, let us hope that the first game of the brand new season of the IPL lives up to the hype and expectations.
Here is the playing eleven of both teams:
Chennai Super Kings:
Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni(w/c), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir, Mark Wood
Evin Lewis, Ishan Kishan(w), Rohit Sharma(c), Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Mayank Markande, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mustafizur Rahman, Jasprit Bumrah