Chennai ∙ Mumbai Indians are aiming for their 3rd consecutive title. Royal Challengers Bangalore are eyeing their first trophy. Five months after winning the title for the 2nd time in a row, Rohit Sharma – led Mumbai in the opening match of the 14th season of the IPL today; The opponents are Virat Kohli’s Bangalore.
Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai (Chepauk). The match will be at 7.30 pm. It can be seen live on Star Sports Channels and Hotstar.
Batting Vs Bowling
Mumbai are equally strong in batting and bowling. Ishant Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav are in line to shine in the batting line-up led by captain Rohit, while Hardik Pandya, his brother Krunal and Kayran Pollard are in the fray.
Trent Bolt, who excels in powerplay, and Jaspreet Bumra, who catches in death overs, dominate the Mumbai pace. Rahul Chahar is ready to confuse his opponents through Google. There are indications that Kohli will join Devdutt Padikkal as the opener for Bangalore.
AB de Villiers, Glenn Maxwell, Malayalee wicketkeeper Mohammad Azharuddin, Dan Christian and Washington Sunder. The pace includes New Zealand’s tallest Kyle Jaimison, Mohammad Siraj and Navdeep Saini. Yusvendra Chehal in the spin.
Devdut, who is Kovid negative, is expected to play for Bangalore today. Covid positives Daniel Sams and Finn Allen and Adam Sampa, who did not complete the quarantine, will not be available today. If Quinton Decock, who arrived from South Africa on a chartered flight, does not need a 7-day quarantine, he will play for Mumbai today.
The slow track in Chepauk may be in favor of the spinners. Although batting is a difficult wicket, batsmen may be able to hold on and raise the score.
Now is the time for reunions. Cricket fans now have the same mindset as the majority political leaders after the polls!
Who will win the IPL? The captains try to secure a majority of runs in each game. There are popular players on the teams’ list of candidates, those who got seats unexpectedly, and fans with enthusiastic flags ….
∙ A goal for all teams in the next month and a half. Take control of this cup. Forget Kaimai and fight for it!
Teams and captains
Mumbai- Rohit Sharma
Chennai- MS Dhoni
Bangalore- Virat Kohli
Delhi – Rishabh Pant
Kolkata- Owen Morgan
Rajasthan- Sanju Samson
Punjab- KL Rahul
Hyderabad- David Warner
BATTING TOP LIST
Runs: Virat Kohli 5878
Individual Score: Chris Gayle 175 * (66)
Sixer: Chris Gayle 349
For: Shikhar Dhawan591
Strike rate: Andre Russell 182.33
Century: Chris Gayle6
Half-century: David Warner48
BOLLING TOP LIST
Wicket: Lasith Malinga 170
Performance: Ulcer Joseph 6-12
Average: Kagiso Rabada 18.09
Economy: Rashid Khan 6.24
Dot Ball: Harbhajan Singh 1249
Hat trick: Amit Mishra3
Maiden Over: Praveen Kumar14
Top Team Score: 263 for 5 (Bangalore)
Small Team Score: 49 (Bangalore)
Most wins in a row: Kolkata 10 (2014-15 season)
More wins: Mumbai 118
Top batting partnership: 229 (Kohli – De Villiers)
Total Match: 60
Group stage: 56
Chennai, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Delhi, Ahmedabad and Kolkata.
Winners: `10 crore
2nd place: 6.25 crore
Man of the Match: 5 lakhs