The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League starts on 9 April, with defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) playing Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at Chennai's MA Chidambaram Stadium.
The Rohit Sharma-led team has won the IPL a record five times, including back-to-back wins in 2019 and 2020. They'll be gunning to become the first team in IPL history to complete a hat-trick of trophies. Virat Kohli-led RCB finished in top-four last season, and the team will be hoping to do better and make it to the finals this time.
In the latest edition of IPL on Pod, Firstpost's Anish Anand, Shantanu Srivastava, and Jigar Mehta analyse the chances of the previous edition's top four teams - Mumbai Indians, Delhi Capitals, Sunrisers Hyderabad, and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
You can listen to the first episode of IPL on Pod Season 2 here, in which we preview Kolkata Knight Riders, Punjab Kings, Chennai Super Kings, and Rajasthan Royals.
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Here are five stars who could be key in stopping Mumbai Indians winning for a third straight year
In a game eerily similar to their opening clash at IPL 2020 – SRH, needing 43 from 32 balls, lost eight wickets for 32 to lose by 10 runs – SRH, just like KKR 24 hours earlier, snatched defeat from inside the gut of victory (no, this wasn’t just the jaws of victory) to hand RCB two points in a second slow-burner in as many nights at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
Facing a formidable team like Mumbai Indians, fresh from their 'Houdini Act' against Kolkata Knight Riders, would be a difficult proposition for SRH.