Chennai brimming with in-form players | PunterPolls Prediction
Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings flagged off IPL 2012 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. Two strong sides played out a tepid match, with Mumbai trouncing the hosts. Mumbai's opening game of this edition didn't quite go to plan, losing narrowly to Royal Challengers Bangalore in a game that see-sawed in the final stages. With the asking rate climbing during Mumbai's chase, Royal Challengers appeared to have the match in control, but Dinesh Karthik's three consecutive sixes eased the equation considerably. Though Karthik failed to see the side through, Mumbai would have been better served if Karthik had more support.
Not for the first time, Kieron Pollard walked in later than he should have (he got to face conly two deliveries). For the past few seasons, fans have pushed for a promotion in the batting order and never understood Mumbai's conservative approach to Pollard. Perhaps there is a good reason for that strategy, but it is hard to fathom. Had he been set, the result could have been different. Despite the defeat, Mumbai needn't tinker with their line-up. Lasith Malinga missed the game due to injury, but he will be forced to sit out the second match, fit or not, since the game's in Chennai.
Super Kings haven't always been the strongest starters. Given the form of their protagonists from the Australia Tests - MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin and M Vijay - it's hard to imagine the side stuttering. The ban on Sri Lanka players affects them the least, given they have only two such players in their line-up, who aren't automatic picks. Chennai are without Faf du Plessis for at least the first month due to injury, while two other South Africans, Albie Morkel and Chris Morris join the team after the South African domestic T20 competition ends on April 7.
Two best teams of the tournament will take on each other, Mumbai have lost a close encounter against RCB and Chennai Super Kings is playing their first match of the tournament. Most of the CSK players are in good form and MI have some very good players which make them one of the strongest team.
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RESULT Match 5: CSK v Mum Indians, 6 April
Chennai Super Kings57%
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