It’s that time of the year again! IPL auction 2018 has caused major revamps as teams start afresh with new players. One look at the sides and we were convinced the top clashes that would make the IPL spicy this year!
ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE VS KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS
RCB and KKR have resorted to a power pendulum of sorts by snapping up players from each side. While KKR bagged Aussie speedster Mitchell Starc for 9.4 Crores, RCB went all out to procure KKR’s pace quartet of Chris Woakes, Nathan Coulter-nile, Colin de Grandhomme and Umesh Yadav. What’s more is KKR, whose home turf is increasingly pace friendly, might be a little short on pace and pace all-rounder options.
Yet another reason to look forward to this clash will be the quality of overseas players in both the sides. With Sunil Narine, Andre Russel and Chris Lynn in the Kolkata camp and ABD, Quinton de Cock and Brendon McCullum in the RCB setup, a lot will go down the wire.
When these two teams lock horns, especially at the Eden, expect a ripper of a contest as former teammates turn on each other in an epic contest.
CHENNAI SUPER KINGS VS MUMBAI INDIANS
CSK and MI have always harbored an intense rivalry and the two teams were competing hard to become the best franchise in IPL. This time will be no different as both teams will battle it out yet again. However, this year’s clash will have to do more than with just years of sporting rivalry. CSK and MI share an extremely similar playing XI that makes it very interesting. Shane Watson-Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo-Hardik Pandya, Jadeja-Krunal Pandya, Rohit Sharma- Suresh Raina, the similarity in players is so much that it will boil down to a few good overs and few good knocks.
Mumbai Indians are the most successful in the IPL with 3 titles, and CSK, who’ve hit a roadblock of sorts after missing out on 2 years, will have a lot to say.
MSD will be eyeing a third IPL title and the three tie champs from Wankhade will be a major force to reckon with.
CHENNAI SUPER KINGS VS DELHI DAREDEVILS
A classic tale of spin vs pace, these teams have contrasting strategies with regards to their bowling. While Delhi’s bowling stock of Kagiso Rabada, Trent Boult, Mohammad Shami and Chris Morris will reap great dividends in the tracks of Feroz Shah Kotla, Chennai’s spin attack of Jadeja, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma and Harbhajan Singh will turn the game their way. What will throw a wrench in either of their plans will be when they tour each other and all of a sudden either of their sharpest arrows are ineffective. While Delhi does have a medium spin capability, CSK suffers from a second string pace attack.
To make this more interesting are the masterminds at the helm of affairs; both Gautam Gambhir and MSD are master tacticians capable of circumventing squad issues. So, expect all rounders like Vijay Shankar and Suresh Raina to step in and clear up a slot for a full time bowler.
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