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Chennai Super Kings led by captain cool MS Dhoni return to the IPL scene after a 2-year hiatus. They will take on arguably the strongest team in the tournament on paper - Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede.
Mumbai's choices in retention of players was quite obvious, retaining their talisman skipper Rohit Sharma, T20 specialists Jasprith Bumrah and Hardik Pandya. They've a potent pace battery with Pat Cummins, Mitch McClenaghan & Mustafizur Rahman. They've some explosive players in Pollard, Elwin Lewis & Krunal Pandya. Their only weakness could be the lack of experience amongst their slower bowlers.
Chennai on the other hand had to build from scratch. They opted to retain the reliable yet aging trio of MSD, Raina & Jadeja. While they missed out on a few local talents in the auction like Washington Sundar and Vijay Shankar, their strategy seems to be experience over talent. With Dwayne Bravo, Murali Vijay & Shane Watson in the mix the batting order looks seasoned but the pace bowling department led by Shradhul Thakur & Deepak Chahar looks suspect.
The match will be played on a flat Wankhede tracks and if the teams hit the groove early, we could in for a runfest.
Let the T20 madness commence!!!