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IPL 2018 MATCH 1 | MI VS CSK | FANFIGHT PREVIEW

IPL 2018 MATCH 1 | MI VS CSK | FANFIGHT PREVIEW

It’s that time of the year again when cricket fans go berserk. There will be a sudden crescendo of an unimaginable frequency at 8:00 PM every day subsequently for 50 days. Guess what’s returned? The 11th edition of the grandest T20 cricket league in the world, the IPL is back. Grander, richer and it’s assuredly going to get extremely competitive. And what a start to the tournament it’s going to be! Defending champions Mumbai Indians take on the 2-time champions, Chennai Super Kings in the season’s opener. Both teams are serious title contenders and will look to start the 2018 campaign on a positive note. We analyse the MI vs CSK fixture.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

OVERALL

AT THE WANKHEDE

PLAYED

22

PLAYED

7

MUMBAI INDIANS

12

MUMBAI INDIANS

5

CHENNAI SUPER KINGS

10

CHENNAI SUPER KINGS

2

PITCH CONDITIONS

The turf at Mumbai is batsman friendly and scores of 180+ have been chased at a canter. Also, both teams are flooded with explosive batsmen. A high scoring game is certainly on the cards.

STATS AT THE WANKHEDE

Average 1st innings score

187

Average 2nd innings score

183

Highest total recorded

230/8 by ENG vs RSA

Lowest total recorded

172/10 by AFG vs RSA

SQUADS

MUMBAI INDIANS

Rohit Sharma(c), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Evin Lewis, Suryakumar Yadav, Pat Cummins, JP Duminy, Mustafizur Rahman, Ben Cutting, Rahul Chahar, Pradeep Sangwan, Mitchell McClenaghan, Saurabh Tiwary, Tajinder Dhillon, Akila Dananjaya, Siddesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Sharad Lamba, Mayank Markhande, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan, Nidheesh Dinesan.

CHENNAI SUPER KINGS

MS Dhoni(c/wk), Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, Shane Watson, Shardul Thakur, Ambati Rayudu, Murali Vijay, Harbhajan Singh, Faf du Plessis, Mark Wood, Sam Billings, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar, Mitchell Santner, Lungi Ngidi, Asif KM, J Narayan, Kanishk Seth, Dhurv Shorey, Kshitiz Sharma, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi.

PROBABLE PLAYING XI

MUMBAI INDIANS

Rohit Sharma(c), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishan Kishan(wk), Kieron Pollard, Evin Lewis, Suryakumar Yadav, Pat Cummins, Mustafizur Rahman, Rahul Chahar.

CHENNAI SUPER KINGS

Murali Vijay/Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Mark Wood.

PLAYER BATTLE

Cricket has always been a team game but player battles have made the game much more interesting. A battle within a battle of sorts. For the MI vs CSK fixture let’s pick ROHIT SHARMA vs SHANE WATSON

Rohit Sharma is without a shadow of doubt one of the finest players in modern cricket. His numbers in the IPL are worth taking a look. He’s an absolute must in your FanFight fantasy cricket team.

Trivia: Rohit Sharma hits a boundary(a four/a six) every 5.9 deliveries.

Shane Watson has every T20 league there possibly existed. His numbers with both bat and ball are jaw-dropping.

Trivia: Watson hits a boundary(a four/a six) every 5.2 deliveries. He’s smashed 520 fours and 336 sixes so far in his T20 career.

ROHIT SHARMA’s IPL RECORD

SHANE WATSON’s T20 RECORD

MATCHES

159

MATCHES

258

RUNS

4207

RUNS

6455

50’s

32

STRIKE-RATE

145.32

100’s

1

100’s

3

AVERAGE

32.61

WICKETS

209

STRIKE-RATE

130.89

ECONOMY RATE

7.86

The numbers are listed and both players should make the cut in FanFight’s fantasy cricket team.

FANFIGHT FANTASY CRICKET TEAM FOR MI vs CSK

Why Jasprit Bumrah?

Bumrah is undoubtedly one of the best limited over bowlers in world cricket. He’s a phenomenal death overs bowler and can get wickets in a heap. He goes straight into the 6-man team.

Why Ishan Kishan and Evin Lewis?

The two left-handed batsman can take down any opposition and have the ability to change the momentum of the game with their destructive batting. Ishan was mighty effective in the recently concluded Vijay Hazare Trophy while Lewis thrives on the T20 format. The duo’s boundary hitting ability makes them firm favourites for FanFight’s fantasy cricket team.

Mark Wood

Chennai have a plethora of all-rounders but have only Shardul Thakur, Karn Sharma and Wood as their frontline bowlers. Wood bowls a heavy ball and can use his natural angle against the two left-handed openers.

FAVOURITES FOR THIS GAME

Mumbai have an advantage playing at home and also have a more settled unit. Their bowling can rip the CSK batting line-up apart and can chase down hefty targets with ease. For the 1st game of the IPL 2018, it’s advantage Mumbai.

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