Big-hitting sides start the season in sluggish, turning Chennai
It’s solely been 5 months because the Mumbai Indians received their fifth title in Dubai, and the IPL is again already. It’s again, and it is again residence, however the eerie, not-of-this-world feeling that accompanied the 2020 version of the match will persist, just because the world hasn’t modified all that a lot in the interim. You may even ask if India, which has recorded over 100,000 new Covid-19 instances every day since April 4, must be internet hosting the IPL in any respect proper now.
Time, and the rigorous protocols that cricket has honed over these months of the pandemic, will reply that query. For now, flip your consideration to Chennai’s MA Chidambaram Stadium, the primary cease in a match that will probably be performed totally on impartial grounds. If the pitch performs true to its latest nature, it is going to current Mumbai and Royal Challengers Bangalore a rigorous check of their adaptability.
To completely different extents, each groups are constructed for his or her high-scoring residence grounds. Chennai is completely different. Chennai is all about spin. Of the 11 Indian grounds which have hosted IPL matches because the begin of 2018, spinners have each the perfect common (19.52) and financial system fee (6.16) on the MA Chidambaram Stadium. Unless the pitch has drastically modified in character since India’s Test sequence towards England, count on to see each groups choose a 3rd spinner, and count on a considerably attritional contest to kick the match off.
But it is nonetheless solely matchday 1, so no prediction – circumstances, picks, kind, match-ups – might be made with any confidence. Sit again as a substitute, swap in your televisions, and neglect – for just a few hours – the world outdoors your home windows.
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Mumbai Indians 1 Rohit Sharma (capt), 2 Ishan Kishan (wk), 3 Suryakumar Yadav, 4 Hardik Pandya, 5 Kieron Pollard, 6 James Neesham, 7 Krunal Pandya, 8 Nathan Coulter-Nile/Jayant Yadav, 9 Rahul Chahar, 10 Trent Boult, 11 Jasprit Bumrah.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: 1 Virat Kohli (capt), 2 Devdutt Padikkal, 3 AB de Villiers, 4 Glenn Maxwell, 5 Mohammed Azharuddeen (wk), 6 Daniel Christian, 7 Washington Sundar, 8 Kyle Jamieson, 9 Navdeep Saini, 10 Mohammed Siraj, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal.
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Karthik Krishnaswamy is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo