IPL 2018 kicks off in Mumbai on Saturday evening with a potential blockbuster cricket match on the cards. The defending champions Mumbai Indians will be taking on old rivals Chennai Super Kings who will return to the IPL after two years at the Wankhede. The tournament could not have asked for a better start and both teams will be looking to start off their campaigns on a high.
If you are a fantasy IPL enthusiast and are confused on which players to pick in your teams ahead of this game, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered:
MI’s auction strategy was clear right from the beginning – to retain their match-winners. And they’ve done exactly that in ensuring the retention of Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya and buying back Pollard and Krunal Pandya. They’ve also put their faith in Evin Lewis and Ishan Kishan to do the bulk of the scoring in the top order. While there are some question marks about the spin options for MI, they’ve got their bases covered as far as pace bowling goes with Bumrah, McClenaghan, Cummins and Mustafizur.
Probable XI: Rohit Sharma (C), Evin Lewis, Ishan Kishan (WK), Hardik Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah, Rahul Chahar, Mustafizur Rahman
Key Fantasy Picks: Evin Lewis and Hardik Pandya will be the key fantasy picks from the Mumbai Indians with Pandya batting relatively high up the order and Evin Lewis likely to enjoy the conditions at the Wankhede with the ball coming onto the bat.
Chennai Super Kings:
Returning to the IPL after two years, Chennai Super Kings will look to resume from where they left off in 2015 having lost to Mumbai Indians in the final. With skipper Dhoni back in yellow, the Super Kings will be looking to make their return to the tournament in style against MI. Like their opponents, CSK too have retained the core of their team in MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis and Murali Vijay. They are strong on their spin options as has always been the case with CSK and will bank heavily on the experience of Harbhajan, Jadeja, Tahir and Karn Sharma.
Probable XI: Murali Vijay, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (C & WK), Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Imran Tahir, Shardul Thakur, Mark Wood
Key Fantasy Picks: Suresh Raina and Dwayne Bravo will be the key match winners for CSK in their opening game. The old warhorses will be expected to come good for the team once again.