The Indian T20 League is back and so are we with our team prediction for the opening match between the defending champions, Chennai and their arch rivals Bangalore.
Both teams consist of star studded line-up for this season, with some exciting new additions to their arsenal during the auction.
Let’s have a look at the squad for both teams
Virat Kohli(C), Parthiv Patel, Devdutt Padikkal, AB de Villiers, Gurkeerat Singh, Akshdeep Nath, Colin de Grandhomme, Shivam Dube, Shimron Hetmyer, Himmat Singh, Milind Kumar, Moeen Ali, Pawan Negi, Marcus Stoinis, Washington Sundar, Prayas Ray Barman, Heinrich Klaasen, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Kulwant Khejroliya, Tim Southee, Nathan Coulter-Nile.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni(C), Suresh Raina, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Kedhar Jadhav, Dhruv Shorey, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Sam Billings, David Willey, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Karn Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Mitchell Santner, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, N Jagadeesan, Mohit Sharma, Monu Kumar, KM Asif, Murali Vijay, Chaitanya Bishnoi.
Predicted XI - Chennai vs Bangalore
Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Mahendra Singh Dhoni(C), Kedhar Jadhav, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh
With both Faf du Plessis & Imran Tahir out for the opening fixture it will be upon charismatic all-rounder Shane Watson to open the batting with Rayudu. CSK could opt to play only 3 overseas players instead of the permitted 4.
Virat Kohli(C), Parthiv Patel, AB de Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer, Akshdeep Nath, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Moeen Ali, Tim Southee, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umesh Yadav
Marcus Stoinis' absence opens the door for Moeen Ali and Chepauk being a spin friendly track Bangalore should at least look to play 3 spinners.