After sweating it out for nearly 6 weeks, two teams have finally managed to overcome all the odds to reach the final of the world’s most followed T20 competition – Indian Premier League (IPL). Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings will battle it out for one final time this summer to claim the ultimate glory in T20 cricket at the iconic Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad on Sunday. Both the teams are set to face each other for the fourth time, with Mumbai emerging victorious in all the previous three meetings.
Interestingly, both Mumbai and Chennai have won the coveted IPL crown thrice in the history of the league. Mumbai have been the most impressive side in this edition of the T20 extravaganza, and are riding high on confidence. On the back of some scintillating performances, Rohit Sharma’s side is just one step away from their fourth IPL final. With match winners like skipper Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah in their ranks, Mumbai will be eyeing to register another win over their arch-rivals Chennai Super Kings on the biggest stage.
However, defending champs Chennai Super Kings have yet again proved their credentials when it comes to playing a consistent brand of cricket. The Yellow brigade proved why their is no alternative to experience and how bigger role it plays in sealing those crucial moments in the crunch situations. After beating Delhi Capitals in Qualifier 2, CSK will be playing their second consecutive IPL final. The reigning champions would be under some pressure too as Mumbai has a triple over them this season. This will also be the fourth meeting for Mumbai and Chennai in an IPL final and Mumbai currently have a 2-1 lead, which CSK will want to nullify.
Ahead of the summit clash, we take a look at some of the key stats from the 12th edition of IPL:-
Date: May 12, 2019 (Sunday)
Time: 07:30 PM IST, the toss will take place at 7.00 PM.
Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
Live TV Broadcast: Star Sports Network
Live Online Streaming: Hotstar
Total matches – 59
Matches won batting first – 32
Matches won bowling first – 25
Average 1st Inns scores – 163
Average 2nd Inns scores- 149
Highest total recorded- 231/4 (20 Ov) by DC vs KXIP
Lowest total recorded- 60/10 (13.4 Ov) by DC vs MI
Highest score chased- 214/3 (17.3 Ov) by DC vs GL
Lowest score defended- 118/4 (18 Ov) by DC vs KXIP
Total Matches: 29
CSK Won: 12
MI Won: 17
Mumbai Indians: Mumbai pacer Mitchell McClenaghan is likely to feature in the playing XI in place of Jayant Yadav depending upon the pitch conditions.
Chennai Super Kings: Chennai might be tempted to play the unchanged XI which they fielded against Delhi Capitals in Qualifier 2.
Mumbai Indians – Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de Kock, Evin Lewis, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Siddhesh Lad, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Ben Cutting, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah, Barinder Sran, Rasikh Dar, Mitchell McClenaghan, Lasith Malinga, Jason Behrendorff, Anukul Roy, Anmolpreet Singh, Yuvraj Singh, Pankaj Jaiswal, Aditya Tare, Rahul Chahar, Beuran Hendricks and Jayant Yadav
Chennai Super Kings – Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Scott Kuggeleijn, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Murali Vijay, Sam Billings, Dhruv Shorey, N Jagadeesan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Dwayne Bravo, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Karn Sharma, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Mohit Sharma, KM Asif, Monu Kumar.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Lasith Malinga
Chennai Super Kings: Shane Watson, MS Dhoni, Imran Tahir
Probable playing XIs
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de Kock (wk), Yuvraj Singh, Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell Mclenaghan/ Jayant Yadav , Rahul Chahar, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah
Chennai Super Kings: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Dhruv Shorey/Murali Vijay, MS Dhoni (C/wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir.