Cricket Betting Tips and Fantasy Cricket Match Predictions: IPL 2020 - Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings - Match 1
The 1st match of the Indian Premier League 2020 will be played between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi in the UAE.
The last time Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings met in an IPL match, it was the final of IPL 2019, where Mumbai Indians came out victorious by just one run to lift the title.
In all, the two teams have faced each other in 30 IPL matches out of which Mumbai have won 18 while Chennai have won 12.
As much as it will be the clash of the two most successful teams in the IPL, it will also be a clash between the two most successful IPL captains MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma. While the tactics of both the captains are expected to be sound, what they offer with the bat will also be crucial in deciding the fortune of their respective teams.
While Rohit Sharma will continue to open the batting for Mumbai Indians and will have the onus of getting the team off to a good start, MS Dhoni will have the responsibility of finishing the innings, whether while chasing or batting first.
The four overseas picks for Chennai are expected to be opener Shane Watson, all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, leg spinner Imran Tahir and quick Josh Hazlewood. The picks for Mumbai will be opener Quinton de Kock, finisher Kieron Pollard and pacers James Pattinson and Trent Boult.
Based on recent history and the team combination, Mumbai Indians are expected to win the first fixture of IPL 2020.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) - Shane Watson, Murali Vijay, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwyane Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Imran Tahir, Lungi Ngidi/Josh Hazlewood
Mumbai Indians (MI) - Quinton de Kock(wk), Rohit Sharma(c), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, James Pattinson, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah.
Match Analytics and Odds
In the IPL opener we think your cricket betting on this match should be with CSK to win, although below we think MI have the edge for your fantasy predictions.
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? - Mumbai Indians
Who will win? – Mumbai Indians
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Quinton de Kock (Mumbai Indians), Ambati Rayudu (Chennai Super Kings)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Jasprit Bumrah (Mumbai Indians), Imran Tahir (Chennai Super Kings)
Most Sixes – Hardik Pandya (Mumbai Indians), MS Dhoni (Chennai Super Kings)
Man of the Match – Hardik Pandya
Team Scores Batting first – Mumbai Indians 170+, Chennai Super Kings 160+
Match Handicap Mumbai Indians
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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.
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