The 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL) will finally get underway on Saturday when Mumbai Indians face Chennai Super Kings at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. The tournament, supposed to begin in the last week of March, had to be postponed due to the wide spread of the COVID-19 around the same time. The pandemic situation in India got worse as the officials had to look towards the United Arab Emirates for getting the tournament done.
While IPL returns to UAE for the first time in six years, it will be only the 2nd instance of a complete edition of IPL being held outside India. The 2009 edition was played in South Africa amidst the General Elections in India. The coming 2020 season in UAE is expected to be played on slightly slower tracks as the pitches in this part of the country have often assisted spinners and slow bowler.
Talking about strengths and weaknesses of the eight teams, all seem to be balanced as per the requirements of the tournament. However, the defending champions Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad do look like holding an edge over the other teams. Mumbai Indians might look pace-dominant attack but the players they have got are pretty much enough to be strike bowlers on UAE surfaces.
The Sunrisers team is often considered to be a bowling-dominant team but the presence of David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, Manish Pandey and some useful domestic batters is giving them a feel of strong batting unit as well. SRH’s bowling has got enough experience of playing in UAE thanks to the presence of Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan. The Afghanistan duo have played a lot of bilateral series for the International team.
Delhi Capitals also have a solid bowling attack but the batting order could include players outside their primary positions. The Royal Challengers Bangalore does aim for their maiden title with the inclusion of Mike Hesson as the director of the cricketing operations. The squad doesn’t look interesting with all bases covered like other teams but the tournament is played on the field and not on the paper.
Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians seem to be two balanced teams on paper. So we are backing the two teams, led by David Warner and Rohit Sharma, respectively to come good in this year’s IPL and win the trophy.
Best Bet:Sunrisers Hyderabad to win the IPL 2020 @5.45 at 10Cric - 12 Units
Value Bet: Mumbai Indians to win the IPL 2020 @5.00 at comeon! – 18 Units