IPL 2020 Prediction: 4 Playoff Teams

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The much awaited time of the year is finally here. With the schedule of the IPL announced, fans are gearing up to catch some fast paced cricketing action. Although this year’s edition is being held in the UAE, and no live audience, fans are eagerly looking forward to big bang entertainment over the course of the 53 day tournament.

Betting sites and cricketing experts have been putting out their IPL prediction as to which teams will be making it to the playoffs, which teams will reach the semi-finals, and who will eventually be picking up the trophy. Here are our top 4 team picks which are most likely to make it to the playoffs this year.

Mumbai Indians

They have been the winners for maximum number of times in the IPL history, lifting the trophy 4 times in the past. Starting from 2015, they have been having an `odd-even´ record. They have become Champions in 2015, 2017 and 2019, while being knocked out in the league stages in 2016 and 2018. So by that logic, this year they should be knocked out in the league stages. But they will be looking forward to breaking this trail during the current season.

MI have a perfect mix of batsmen, bowlers and all-rounders, as well as a balance of experience and youth. In form Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard will help put up good scores, and the best bowlers at the death in Jasprit Bumrah and Lasith Malinga can help them defend low totals. Their newest buys in Chris Lynn and Nathan Coulter Nile will lend them solidity.

Chennai Super Kings

MS Dhoni’s sudden announcement of retiring from international cricket came as a shock for his fans from around the world, who were looking forward to watching him play on the big stage again after the World Cup loss in 2019.

Dhoni has a record of taking his team to the playoffs in every season, and he will be looking forward to keeping that record unbroken in this season too. What the team lacks in youth, they more than make up for that in experience, with seasoned players like Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Ravindra Jadeja and Rayudu. They have bought Sam Curran and Josh Hazelwood at this year’s auction, lending them some youthful exuberance. Although last minute pull outs by Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh might leave a dent in their armour.

Delhi Capitals

Although two of their high profile acquisitions, Jason Roy and Chris Lynn have pulled out of the upcoming season, the DC still have a good chance of getting into this year’s playoffs. Delhi Daredevils, as the team was previously known, made it to the semi-finals in the first two seasons. But from then onwards, they have had pretty ordinary outings to say the least.

Last year, they had finished third overall, and will be looking forward to at least matching, if not bettering the performance. They have strengthened the middle order with the inclusion of Shimron Hetmeyer and Marcus Stoinis. Adding to that, they have included two former IPL captains Ravi Ashwin and Ajinkya Rahane. These new additions, with existing players like Shreyas Iyer, Shikhar Dhawan, and Kagiso Rabada will give them a good shot at making it into the playoffs.

Kolkata Knight Riders

The Knight Riders had opened up their purse and splurged in this year’s auction, and it shows on paper, making them one of the strongest teams. They have signed quality overseas players in the form of Pat Cummins, Tom Banton, Chris Green and Eoin Morgan.

Although their bowling line up looks a bit sluggish, they can more than make it up with the bat with power hitters like Andre Russel and Tom Banton. Middle order looks strong with Morgan and Karthik. The bowling too can do some decent damage with specialist bowler Sunil Narine and other emerging bowlers Shivam Mavi and P Krishna.

 

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