CSK return as Mumbai set out to defend title

Amol Gokhale
Saturday, 7 April 2018

Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings will renew their rivalry in the 11th edition of IPL starting today


Mumbai: One could not have asked for the better game than what we have on hands for the season opener of the 11th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) which commences at the Wankhede Stadium here on Saturday.

The defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) are most decorated team in the IPL with three titles to their name, while the MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) always had an aura of invincibility around them, making the play-off in each of the eight seasons they played.

Now the MS Dhoni-led side are back in action after serving a two-year suspension after the spot-fixing scandal, setting up a mouth-watering clash to kick-start the yet another edition of the cash-rich league.
New look Mumbai

The home side, who defeated now dissolved Rising Pune Supergiant by one-run in 2017 final, has a new look to it, barring the players’ side retained in the auction.

Skipper Rohit Sharma, All-rounder Hardik Pandya, and Jasprit Bumrah were retained by the team, while West Indian star Keiron Pollard and Krunal Pandya were kept using Right To Match (RTM) card.
Apart from that, the team is completely new and for Mumbai, who has always been slow starters of the tournament, getting the team combination right would be a key.

Mumbai have added a powerful West Indian opener Evin Lewis in the ranks to partner Rohit Sharma, who has preferred to bat in the middle order for his IPL side to add stability to the side. But with the inclusion of experienced campaigner JP Duminy, Sharma might choose to open the batting.

The cricket fans across India would be more than happy when they will see the sight of MS Dhoni, donning the yellow jersey of CSK leading the players out on the field.

Come Saturday, when the teams will meet, they will renew the rivalry, as Mumbai Indians will set out to defend their title, while Chennai Super Kings will look to put records straight after returning to the fray.

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