Johannesburg, Oct 13: IPL teams Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians will kick off their Champions League T20 campaign on Sunday as they take on Sydney Sixers and Highveld Lions respectively at New Wanderers Stadium at Johannesburg.
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With Chennai Super Kings playing Sydney Sixers, both the teams look equally balanced ahead of their Group B clash on Sunday, at Johannesburg.
If Dhoni's men would look forward to forget their World T20 ouster by registering a win off their first Group B match here, Sydney Sixers would ensure that their team keeps the momentum going as they played extremely well in the practice match against Delhi Daredevils on Friday.
Steven Smith, Shane Watson, Nathan McCullum, Pat Cummins happen to be key players for Sydney Sixers, while the batting sorely depends on Shane Watson and Steven Smith, it remains to be seen if Pat Cummins and Co. can restrict Dhoni's men.
Dhoni's team has plenty of match-winners as Albie Morkel, Suresh Raina, R Ashwin, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Michael Hussey, Ben Hilfenhaus, Doug Bollinger and Murali Vijay all are capable of winning matches for Chennai Super Kings.
Interestingly Faf du Plessis, Albie Morkel are South Africans, and would be able to give some tips to the team as they are aware of the conditions having played at home.
Given the two teams, Chennai Super Kings start favourites as Sydney Sixers mainly depend on Shane Watson, who has been in top form after his stupendous success in the World T20 that concluded in Sri Lanka on Oct 7.
Nevertheless, the match will definitely turn out to be a cracker of a contest, as Dhoni's men take on Sydney Sixers.
Chennai Super Kings: R Ashwin, S Badrinath, Doug Bollinger, Dwayne Bravo, MS Dhoni (captain), Faf Du Plessis, Ben Hilfenhaus, Michael Hussey, Ravindra Jadeja, Albie Morkel, Suresh Raina, Wriddhiman Saha, Anirudh Srikkanth, Murali Vijay, V. Yomahesh
Sydney Sixers: Pat Cummins, Brad Haddin (captain), Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Michael Lumb, Nathan McCullum, Nic Maddinson, Ian Moran, Peter Nevill, Stephen O'Keefe, Ben Rohrer, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Dominic Thornely, Shane Watson
Match starts at 5 PM on Sunday
Another match is expected to start at 9 PM: Highveld Lions Vs Mumbai Indians, at Johannesburg