|Match Date:||12th May, Sunday|
|Match Timing:||7:30 PM|
|Expected Crowd Turnout:||48,000|
|Match Venue:||Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium|
The Final of the VIVO Indian Premier League 2019 will see the defending champions Chennai Super Kings fight it out against the table toppers Mumbai Indians at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. The game will see the rivalry between two of the competition’s most successful teams relived once again. Having won all the games against CSK this season, MI are the obvious favourites to win the title for a record fourth time. Nonetheless, it will be interesting to see whether Chennai are capable of exacting the revenge when it matters the most.
Here is the detailed analysis of the Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings IPL Playoff match:
|Key Players in form||MI – Rohit Sharma, Surya Kumar Yadav, Lasith Malinga.|
CSK – Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh.
|Weather Conditions||32℃, 44% Humidity, Winds up to 10 km/hr. Outside chances of rain.|
|Toss Advantage||Team batting second has won in four of the seven matches last season. This season, however, the team batting first have won 4 of the 7 games played here. Thus, the team batting first has a better chance at winning the contest.|
|Pitch Conditions||Traditionally, the pitches of Hyderabad have been dry, low-scoring and extremely spin-friendly. However, things have changed dramatically in 2019. The surface has supported high-scoring totals in the first innings, while showed signs of turning in the second.|
|Venue Stats||Average Total (2019): 160|
Highest Total (2019): 231/2 (SRH)
Last Match: SRH 212/6 | 167/8 KXIP
|Ground Size:||Side Boundaries: 64 m, Straight Boundary: 82 m|
|CSK – CSK received a major blow after veteran batting all-rounder Kedar Jadhav was ruled out of the Qualifier against MI with a shoulder injury. Murali Vijay has been playing in his place.|
MI – Mumbai Indians don’t have any fresh injury concerns at the moment.
|Home Advantage||Chennai Super Kings|
|Head-to-Head||CSK 12 – 17 MI|
|Form||CSK – W L W L W|
MI – W L W W W
Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Jayant Yadav, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga.
Shane Watson, Murali Vijay, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir.
|Impact Player||MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya|
CSK vs MI Dream11 Prediction
So we are here after all! After 59 high-octane matches played, 18,292 runs scored, 627 wickets taken and 769 sixes hit, we have finally reached at the pinnacle of the world’s richest cricket league. But is the Final worth the wait? Our answer would be both yes as well as no. Yes, because it will see two of the league’s most successful teams fight it out for the ultimate supremacy. No, because this particular fixture has become such an overplayed contest that it almost feels trite and tasteless! One of the fans had a clever way of putting this into words:
— Shivam Awasthi (@ShivamTimesNow) May 7, 2019
But then, it will still be a classic game of IPL on display on Sunday – a mouthwatering encounter between two of the league’s best teams nonetheless. Mumbai Indians have the momentum to clinch the coveted title. Chennai have the perfect reason for defending their title once again – revenge.
A team with 5 finals in 12 outings will clash with a team with 8 finals in 10 outings. Both search for 4th title as they meet in finals for 4th time
— Rathnavel Ponnuswami (@reavan) May 10, 2019
Chennai Super Kings
The MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings started the 2019 IPL campaign in style, marked with a series of dominating outings. By halfway, they almost looked unassailable. However, cracks started to come to fore once the season wore off. The team suffered from injuries to star men MS Dhoni, Ngidi Lungi, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, with Kedar Jadhav being the latest victim.
The batting showed signs of inconsistency, especially in the absence of the skipper. They lost the momentum towards the end of the group stage which culminated with CSK losing their final league engagement against KXIP. They also had to abdicate their place at the top of the table to MI. CSK looked no less than a shadow of themselves in the first qualifiers against Mumbai Indians as well, losing by 6 wickets. The top-order again failed at their duty again, resulting in the team managing a lowly score of 131/4 in the first innings. Howbeit, MI were never going to have any problem chasing that total down.
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) May 7, 2019
Nonetheless, CSK have the one thing that sets them apart from the rest – Experience. They have been in the finals on 8 of the 10 occasions while being in the Playoffs every time. That makes them THE most consistent sides in the league. And it was this experience of handling crunch games which helped them defeat a spirited Delhi Capitals in the second Qualifiers.
The six wicket victory was made even sweeter since it had seen their openers, Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis score a half-century each to build a solid foundation for the chase. Considering the recent turn of events, that display was assuring. The duo’s form would be crucial on Sunday.
You have to hand it to #CSK. This team could so easily have been all wrong. Virtually every player had an issue, either form or age or a situation in their career. But they are like a movie. It doesn't matter where they come from. In yellow, they are fine. #CSKAlwayFindAWay
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 10, 2019
Mumbai Indians started the IPL 2019 campaign on the back foot, losing two of their opening three games. But then, once they had defeated Chennai Super Kings at Wankhede, there was no stopping to them. Their standout quality this season has to be their all-round performances. The openers, Quinton de Kock (500 runs) and skipper Rohit Sharma (386 runs) have been in good touch. Suryakumar Yadav and Kieron Pollard have proved to be an impressive support as well. Rahul Chahar (12 wickets) is undoubtedly the find of the season while Jasprit Bumrah (17 wickets) and Lasith Malinga (15 wickets) are carrying out their duties as usual.
However, it is Hardik Pandya who has had the best season of the lot this year. The 25-year-old has managed to score a whopping 393 runs in 14 games besides scalping 15 wickets. Boasting of a strike rate of 198.95, Pandya’s big hits towards the end of the innings have often been match-winners for MI. His form will be crucial on Sunday.
Ready for the battle royal 👑⚔👑 pic.twitter.com/Ly7zjQTANk
— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) May 10, 2019
For obvious reasons, this will be one of the toughest contests to predict, considering how evenly balanced the to sides are.
On one hand, you have the supremely talented and high-flying team in Mumbai Indians. They are firing on all the fronts this year. On the other, you have the bruised but experienced and ever-capable Chennai Super Kings.
Although they are not in their best shape, CSK still are potent enough to clinch this contest. At the top of it all, they have the all-important reason to prove themselves against MI. It is because of this exact fact why we feel like that Chennai Super Kings would be victorious on Sunday.
As was witnessed in the last game here, the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium is a heaven for bowlers, especially in the second innings. Thus, choose them based on who wins the toss. Amongst batsmen, openers, especially from the team batting first would do the trick.
CSK vs MI Dream11 Prediction Team 1
MS Dhoni, Faf du Plessis, Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Dwayne Bravo, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah, Rahul Chahar, Deepak Chahar.
(*If MI bat first)
MI vs CSK Dream11 Prediction Team 2
Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, Suryakumar Yadav, Ambati Rayudu, Hardik Pandya, Dwayne Bravo, Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah.
(*If CSK bat first)