The second phase of the Indian T20 League is all set to commence from Sunday. Defending champions Mumbai take on Chennai at the Dubai International Stadium.
All eight teams will return to action during the first week of the rescheduled Indian T20 League. SportsAdda ambassador Brett Lee gives us his predictions for week one of the returning competition in SportsAdda presents T20 Crazy, powered by Sportsbet.io.
Mumbai to hit maximum sixes against Chennai
“I think I am bleeding blue. I just think with those big hitters, those powerful players, I have got to go with Mumbai. Mumbai will get the most sixes,” Lee said
Both Mumbai and Chennai house some clean strikers who can hit sixes at will. However, Binga feels Mumbai will end up hitting most sixes out of the two sides, considering the T20 stalwarts in their team. For the record, Rohit Sharma (224 sixes) and Kieron Pollard (211 sixes) are in the top 10 list for most sixes hit in the tournament.
Shivam Mavi, the best bowler in Kolkata vs Bengaluru clash
“I think Shivam Mavi will get the extra bit of pace playing at Abu Dhabi. He can get a bit of shape and bounce early on. I know it is a flattish wicket but this tournament, second half, he might get some carry first up,” Lee said of the promising young Kolkata fast bowler.
Shivam Mavi did not enjoy a great first half of the Indian T20 League and was pounded for 24 runs in an over by Prithvi Shaw, before the tournament ended abruptly. However, Brett Lee feels the youngster will play a role, especially in Abu Dhabi, where Kolkata are set to play their first match of the rescheduled season.
KL Rahul to score a fifty against Rajasthan
“Yes...The reason why he will score a fifty is I don’t care what format he is playing, whether it is Test, 50-over match or T20, the game of cricket is very similar in all three formats, but he is in very good form, and form can translate and go across in different formats. So I believe he will get a fifty if not a big one,” Brett Lee added.
KL Rahul put on an impressive show in the recent Test series in England. The Punjab captain scored 315 runs in four matches, including a brilliant hundred at Lord’s, to orchestrate a win for India. According to the Australian speedster, KL Rahul will carry his sensational form to the game’s shortest format from the Test series.
Hyderabad to win against Delhi
“I will go with Hyderabad. I think we the hunger and the injection of David Warner back in the team, with a new-look side they have got a chance to reflect over the past few months.”
“Delhi, of course, are in good form, but I will go with Orange, the Hyderabad side,” Lee opined.
Hyderabad are currently rock-bottom in the team standings, with a solitary win from seven games. They had a dismal run in the first phase of the Indian T20 League and will be eager to start afresh in UAE.
Rohit to be the top scorer for Mumbai against Kolkata
“I will go with Rohit Sharma.”
“Rohit Sharma at the top of the innings gets to face the new ball against a bit of extra pace from Kolkata. I am going to go with Mumbai and Rohit Sharma. I think he is due for a big score first up.” said a confident Brett Lee.
Rohit Sharma has a fantastic record against Kolkata, aggregating 982 runs across 27 matches, including six fifties and a hundred. According to Brett Lee, the Mumbai captain is well-placed to extend his stellar run against the two-time champions.
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