The Chennai Super Kings host the Mumbai Indians at Chepauk today, in a clash of two of the most star-studded and high-profile teams of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The tournament may still be in its formative days but this is already an intense rivalry.
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The Super Kings, two-time champions and twice runners-up, are playing their first match this year, while the Mumbai Indians will be looking to bounce back from a narrow two-run defeat to the Royal Challengers Bangalore, from two days ago. In addition, Mumbai, who were eliminated from the knock-out stages of the competition by CSK last year, will be itching for payback, in their rivals' backyard.
Chennai are surely the most consistent team in the IPL but they have always struggled against the Mumbai Indians. MS Dhoni's side have an impressive record against all the other franchises but the Indians lead the head-to-head in this fixture, with seven wins out of 13 games.
CSK released the likes of George Bailey, Doug Bollinger, Scott Styris and Suraj Randiv at the end of last season and signed Australian seamers Dirk Nannes, Ben Laughlin, South African all-rounder Chris Morris, Sri Lankan spinner Akila Dananjaya and West Indian pacer Jason Holder at the auctions this year.
Mumbai, on the other hand, allowed Richard Levi, Davy Jacobs, Clint McKay and Thisara Perera to leave after last season and brought in Australians Ricky Ponting, Phil Hughes, all-rounder Glenn Maxwell and Nathan Coulter-Nile, as well as New Zealand veteran Jacob Oram, into their ranks for this campaign.
Chennai Super Kings: Stephen Flemingand Dhoni have a few selection issues as they enter this tie. The state government's decision to not allow Sri Lankan cricketers to play in Chennai, due to political reasons, means seamer Nuwan Kulasekara and promising teenage spinner Dananjaya will not feature for CSK's home games this season.
Meanwhile, Faf du Plessis will miss the first month due to a back injury and fellow South Africans - all-rounders Albie Morkel and Morris - are unavailable due to domestic commitments. Among the remaining players, Michael Hussey, Dwayne Bravo, Ben Hilfenhaus and Nannes are favourites to land the four foreign players spots, with Laughlin and Holder set to miss out.
Probable Line-up: Michael Hussey, Murali Vijay, Suresh Raina, Subramaniam Badrinath, Baba Aparajith, Dwayne Bravo, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ben Hilfenhaus, Dirk Nannes
Mumbai Indians: John Wright has only one injury concern, as fast bowler Lasith Malinga continues to struggle for fitness. In any case, because of the government order, the Sri Lankan will not be part of the match in Chennai today, even if he is back in contention.
The Indians are expected to field the same side that lost at Bangalore by two runs, with the exception of Maxwell coming in for Oram, to exploit Chepauk's slow surface that assists spinners. Kieron Pollard is set to be promoted up the batting order, after the management received criticism for not sending the influential West Indian to bat till the last over.
Probable Line-up: Ricky Ponting (c), Sachin Tendulkar, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard, Ambati Rayudu, Glenn Maxwell, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Johnson, Munaf Patel, Jasprit Bumrah