The two best teams of IPL 2019 – Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings will battle it out for this season’s title in the final at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium
The stage is set for the finale of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 edition.
Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings, two of the most successful teams in IPL history, and perhaps two of the most deserving teams of the tournament will clash in the finals of IPL 2019.
CSK have won the title three times – a feat common to both finalists. While Chennai defeated Mumbai Indians for one of their three titles, two of Mumbai’s three title triumphs have come at the expense of Dhoni and Company.
There are often no clear favourites when these two sides clash, but the scenario is different this year. Mumbai will go in as firm favourites, given they’ve beaten Chennai convincingly each time they’ve met this season. It includes two clashes at Chepauk, where CSK haven’t lost to any other team this season.
CSK have been in finals seven times before this season, and lost four of them. There’s a joke that does rounds around this time of the year, that goes ‘IPL is a tournament where seven teams play to meet CSK in the final’. If CSK lose Sunday’s game, that could well become ‘IPL is a tournament where seven teams participate and MI beat CSK in the final’.
Rohit Sharma’s men are the most balanced team this season. They have in form openers, a solid top order, and a super-powerful lower order. They’ve got bowlers for every pitch and opposition. They’ve got back ups and surprise options, for every department. This is as strong an IPL side can get.
Hardik Pandya: 386 runs from 14 innings at strike-rate of 193. 14 wickets at a strike-rate of 17.79. Hardik’s form has been the reason for MI’s rise this year. His hitting form has simply been unbelievable, and once again crucial in the final.
Shane Watson: Watson has terribly out of form throughout the season, but CSK kept backing him. He returned the favour in the second qualifier, smashing a quick 50 against Delhi. He will have fond memories of IPL finals – his century in a chase against SRH propelled CSK to victory last year. Can he do it again?
Considering the number of match-winners in both the sides it is extremely difficult to predict the winner. But keeping in mind the current form, Mumbai Indians will hold the edge against CSK.
PROBABLE PLAYING XI:
CSK: Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (c/wk), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir.
MI: Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Jayant Yadav, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga