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The Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians match is going to be a cliffhanger, with both teams vying to win the first game of the tournament. However, taking into consideration the team makeup, it can be said that Chennai Super Kings will actually come up on the top. Here are some reasons: Dhoni is the big game changer. Faf du Plessis is not a factor that you have to consider. Chennai Super Kings have depth in their batting line up. CSK also has all-rounders who can score and take wickets.
Wankhede, in general, is a great batting surface because of its bounce. The ball comes nicely onto the bat and absolutely rockets through the outfield. Also with square and straight boundaries both extremely short, it rains sixes here in most of the games. Mumbai probably should have dropped Duminy in the last game itself, but they kept him in as an extra batsman and took the risk of relying on their part-timers to deliver 8 overs which cost them dearly as Hardik Pandya went for more than 50 in his 4 overs against Rajasthan.
Duminy has almost zero usage in the Mumbai line-up as he is not batting up the order. He is a quality player, but he has to bat at the top to make a difference which does not seem to be possible as Mumbai already have their top order settled.
There is no point playing the South African veteran at no. Kolkata Knight Riders v Sunrisers Hyderabad. Sunday 15th April Royal Challengers Bangalore v Rajasthan Royals. Monday 16th April Kolkata Knight Riders v Delhi Daredevils. Tuesday 17th April Mumbai Indians v Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Wednesday 18th April Rajasthan Royals v Kolkata Knight Riders. Thursday 19th April Friday 20th April Chennai Super Kings v Rajasthan Royals. Saturday 21st April Royal Challengers Bangalore v Delhi Daredevils. Sunday 22nd April Sunrisers Hyderabad v Chennai Super Kings. Rajasthan Royals v Mumbai Indians.
Monday 23rd April Tuesday 24th April Mumbai Indians v Sunrisers Hyderabad. Wednesday 25th April Thursday 26th April Friday 27th April Delhi Daredevils v Kolkata Knight Riders. Saturday 28th April Chennai Super Kings v Mumbai Indians. Sunday 29th April Rajasthan Royals v Sunrisers Hyderabad.