We’ve have come to the end of this year’s IPL, and it’s the Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings for the showdown. Both the team have played passionately to reach here and will surely to looking to win this one and become the first team to win four IPL titles.
The Mumbai Indians won the first qualifier against Chennai and headed directly to the finals whereas the Chennai Super Kings had to fight another battle with the Delhi Capitals to reach till here.
Both the teams have played thrice against each other this year and MI have won in all the three matches. They’ll be wanting to do the same this time too.
The Mumbai Indians outplayed the Super Kings in Qualifier 1 and won by six wickets. Suryakumar Yadav played a class of an innings scoring 71 runs in 54 balls and ensured that his team crosses the line. Rohit and Quinton failed to score big in the last game but will be willing to make an impact in the final.
CSK batsmen were dominated by the MI bowlers who restricted them to a low score of 134. Rahul Chahar was impressive in his four overs taking two wickets for just 14 runs. Bumrah and Malinga did go for some runs, but that will be no point of issue for MI.
MI might bring in Mitchell McClenaghan for Jayant Yadav seeing the pitch at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium.
Probable XI for MI
Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Rahul Chahar, Mitchell McClenaghan, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah.
Chennai Super Kings
CSK had to go through the Qualifier 2 to reach the finals as MI bashed them in Qualifier 1. MI does have a psychological edge on them beating them in all three encounters this year, but Dhoni will be looking to even the odds by winning on the big day.
Shane Watson’s and Faf du Plessis both scored 50 plus in Qualifier 2 which is an excellent dose of confidence entering into the final. Both the openers are in right touch, and a lot depends upon these two if CSK has to win.
CSK bowlers were exceptional in the last game. Aside Shardul Thakur, every bowler took at least one wicket and reduced DC to 147 for nine in twenty overs. Deepak Chahar will be the man to look out for as he’ll surely get some help from the pitch at Hyderabad.
Probable XI for CSK
Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir.
Dream XI Prediction:
- Wicket-Keeper: Quinton de Kock
- Batsmen: Faf du Plessis, Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Ambati Rayudu
- All-rounders: Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya
- Bowlers: Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mitchell McClenaghan
The pitch at Hyderabad is fast, and the ball does come on to the bat, but it also gives pacers some help at the start of the innings. Khaleel Ahmed has taken ten wickets on this ground in four matches.
MI has a good bowling attack with likes of Bumrah and Malinga which CSK fails to have, and this might give MI that extra advantage over them.