IPL Finals: Chennai Super Kings Vs Mumbai Indians: Can we get another thrilling final?

The Vivo IPL 2019 is on its verge with both 3-time IPL champions Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians are in the finals and their encounters always are nail biter finishers.


Overview

The Vivo IPL 2019 has been a not too much entertaining season such far but in the last 2 weeks, we have seen some tablequakes in the league.

CSK and MI are long-time rivals and their rivalry was previously seen in the Qualifier 1 where MI was victorious with just achieving the target of 132 in 18.2 overs. The regular season encounter was dominated by the Wankhede Kings. Both have different qualities as MI has amazing all-rounders in Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya whereas CSK has experience as an X-factor with them. Both have different pathways to the finals as CSK had a nice position in the table and MI gave their fans a climax till they encountered KKR in the final match of the season.


Pitch Analysis

The Hyderabadi pitch has been slow in the latter part of the tournament and with severe heatwave even though on arrival of Fani cyclone the temperature has been around 30-degree Celsius to 33-degree Celsius which means a slow pitch can be expected but with IPL finals being happening the curator might try making the pitch more bouncy and pacey. The average score is 170-ish with the first batting team winning 4 out of 7 match-ups in the season. The pitch is good for spinners and Chennai can use this condition but when Pandy brothers are on the crease it can be tough for them to bowl, we will talk about this later right now we can see the domination of spinners on this particular pitch

The curator promising the pitch being sporty can be a good indicator of the pitch is good.


Team Analysis

Mumbai Indians can create another dent to CSK’s winning dominance.

Mumbai Indians:

MI have been just performing as consistent as Indian team in the blue jersey might be color luck giving them an edge competition in the season. This has been a season for Bumrah and Pandya as well as comeback season for Pollard as they have given a good contribution in the path to finals to MI.

Hardik Pandya has had a good season after his comeback after the controversial comment on the TV show. He has been Mumbai’s premier death over specialist in batting. He has his name in the 300+ club season sharing with other five batsmen in the team which includes his 91-run answer to Andre Russel of KKR. This performance has helped achieve above par-scores in the tournament. The Ambani-owned team has already seen as the cup favorites and has chances of winning it due to the only team having 68% winning chance against Chennai Super Kings.

This is a possible chance for them to reign their dominance over CSK and make them a dominant team over CSK and also become stronger than them.

Probable XI:

1 Quinton de Kock (wk), 2 Rohit Sharma (capt), 3 Suryakumar Yadav, 4 Ishan Kishan, 5 Hardik Pandya, 6 Krunal Pandya, 7 Kieron Pollard, 8 Ben Cutting, 9 Rahul Chahar, 10 Lasith Malinga, 11 Jasprit Bumrah


Chennai Super Kings:

Chennai can win their second consecutive title after its ban being lifted.

The Thala, the dad, the experience. Whatever we call them but this group of old but experienced players have made their way to finals for second consecutive time after their ban being lifted.

MS Dhoni has used his amazing man management skills with legendary game reading skills garnished with super fast stumpings and has again proved why he is the most successful captain in history. With knowing the cast of – Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, and Sir Ravindra Jadeja the script has been as perfect for them this year. The cameo of India’s former but premier spinner Harbhajan Singh has been amazing. He might be old but he is young by his art of bowling which has shone in the era of wrist spinners.

Chennai might be exposed if the pitch comes out flat as they have not-so-good pace attack. They need to plan accordingly.

Probable XI:

 1 Shane Watson, 2 Faf du Plessis, 3 M Vijay, 4 Suresh Raina, 5 Ambati Rayudu, 6 MS Dhoni, 7 Dwayne Bravo, 8 Ravindra Jadeja, 9 Deepak Chahar, 10 Harbhajan Singh, 11 Imran Tahir


Crucial Points:

  • Jasprit Bumrah must be given a match-up against Dhoni as and not for death, as Dhoni has a strike rate of 102.20 against Bumrah. If Bumrah doesn’t work then Hardik should be given ball against Dhoni.
  • If the above scenario goes then Dhoni should promote him up the order and play against spinners.

Stats:

  • MS Dhoni is chasing his 100th victory in his yellow-podu jersey.
  • The top four run-scorers in the finals are in the CSK side namely – Suresh Raina, Murli Vijay, MSD, Shane Watson
  • Rohit, Harbhajan Singh, and Ambati Raydu are chasing their fifth IPL title.
  • Teams batting first have a winning probability of 63%.

Final Comment

This encounter has been and will be entertaining with Mumbai winning 10 out of 16 head-to-head match-ups against CSK. CSK might need to turn the tables in this match to get at least 1 match against MI in this season.

Prediction

Mumbai Indians are the favorite to win the title today.

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