The official website calls the first match of Chennai Super Kings as 'Battle Royale'. With the absence of key players like Ntini and Morkel from Chennai Super Kings squad, it is going to be contest of bat against the ball. With Bret Lee and Sreesanth on their ranks, Punjab XI Kings is expect to provide a green top for the match. But who knows, they might be surprised by the pace and bounce of Chennai Super Kings' secret weapon from the own backyard of Punjab. (Manpreet Gony). Gony proved that he is a suitable replacement for Sudeep Tyagi by generating pace and bounce on the CSK practice match held at Chennai.
But i think this match depends on how Mathew Hayden handles the early overs from Bret Lee and Sreesanth. If he survives those testing times, be ready to see the second hundred in this IPL tournament. The major threat for Chennai Super Kings may come from Yuvraj Singh. But i am expecting Murali to keep him quiet in the middle overs. Over all! I am expecting a Chennai Super Kings win.
P.S: Chennai Super Kings have outlined their simple strategy to enter the semi finals, win the first four matches and establish its dominant position.