The much-awaited Indian Premier League is back with its 13th edition in the UAE and the wait for cricket is over for the ardent Indian cricket fans. For many, they will breadth a sigh of relief as they will get to see their favorite stars back on the cricket pitch. Meanwhile, with the IPL 2020 opener just over 24 hours away, former Aussie pacer Brett Lee has picked his favorite to win the first game.
Lee has backed the Chennai Super Kings to win the IP 2020 opener. He feels that the presence of experienced spinners in the CSK side gives them an edge over their arch-rivals in the IPL.
“They are up there. I have picked them to win and I think CSK have a good chance because of their spin attack. With Santner, Jadeja needs to step up and be the no.1 spinner and CSK have got great variety and none of the spinners are same so they are at an advantage for the conditions in the UAE as the tournament progresses,” Lee said on Star Sports’ show Cricket Connected.
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CSK To Miss Key Players in IPL 2020 Opener
CSK head into the IPL 2020 opener and the whole season with the absence of two of their star players. Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh have opted out of the tournament this year due to personal reasons. However, despite the absence of Harbhajan, CSK have Ravindra Jadeja, Karn Sharma, Piyush Chawla, Mitchell Santner and Imran Tahir in their ranks. Their spin attack is definitely the strongest in the tournament.
Lee Backs MI to Make It to Semis
Meanwhile, the former Aussie pacer sees Mumbai Indians making it to the semifinals in IPL 2020. Lee believes Kieron Pollard’s recent form makes them one of the favorites to make it to the final 4.
“They have to be. Champions of last year, they have got a good squad. Pollard is in form and we know what Rohit can do. They have Jasprit Bumrah, and some good spinners and some power hitters as well, so yes, they are in my top four” Lee said.
MI have the wood over CSK ahead of the IPL 2020 opener. MI has won 17 matches whereas CSK has just won 11 against them.
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