The first matches of the IPL will be played at Mumbai Wankhede and Chennai Chepauk. RCB, Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians, Sunrisers Hyderabad are playing in Chennai Chepauk while Delhi Capitals, Punjab Kings, Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings are playing in Mumbai Wankhede Stadium.
The Mumbai Wankhede ground is favorable for batting and the Chennai ground is difficult for batting. The last 10 overs have been a test for the batsmen as the Chennai pitch is very slow. Mumbai Indians have won the toss and elected to bat twice, but Jayawardene, the head coach of the Mumbai Indians, has said that the Chepauk pitch is not inaccessible. Jayawardene said, “I think it is not fair that you need batting pitches in IPL cricket.
Why IPL match is interesting, it is an equal match as every venue is different. Chepauk pitches are a bit sloppy. But, we have scored 150 or 160 runs in the last few matches. There are no pitches where they can be played. The pitches for the perfect match. I think our approach to continuity will be challenging. But, our players changed to suit Chennai. Sometimes mistakes can happen. That’s part of the competition. “