Hyderabad: Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings! Bragging rights are up for the grabs. The fancied clash between the two three-time champions of Indian Premier League is being billed as the “El Clasico” and even the “India vs Pakistan” of IPL.
Sunday’s IPL 2019 final in Hyderabad is going to be the fourth meeting of the season between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings but no one is complaining. Are they? With superstars lining up against each other, the 12th edition of IPL couldn’t have had a bigger title clash.
Chennai Super Kings are known for proving their doubters wrong and they might have to do it once again when they take on Mumbai Indians in the IPL 2019 final at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.
In what promises to be a cracker of a final, Mumbai Indians certainly start as favourites.Having beaten CSK thrice in IPL 2019, MI have showcased why they are the only side in the league’s history to have dominated MS Dhoni’s men (16-11 in head-to-head meetings).
No team has ever beaten Chennai Super Kings 4 times in a single season but Mumbai Indians have the firepower to do it in Hyderabad.
Mumbai head into the big final on the back of a positive win-loss record (2-1) against CSK in the final. Having lost their first-ever meeting in the title match in 2010, MI have won 2 on the trot against CSK (2013 and 2015).
More importantly, Rohit Sharma has never lost an IPL final as captain, having led the Mumbai Indians to titles in 2013, 2015 and 2017. MI return to Hyderabad, the venue where they had beaten Sunrisers Hyderabad by 1 run in a low-scoring thriller on a sluggish track.
The wicket in Hyderabad isn’t as sluggish as it was anymore. Scores of 200 have been posted 3 times in IPL 2019. The Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium curator has reportedly promised a good cricket wicket for the big final.
Rohit Sharma has taken pride in the all-conditions unit that Mumbai Indians possess. Flexibility has been key to Mumbai’s success and their encounters against Chennai in IPL 2019 has been a reflection of it.
MI thrashed CSK by 37 runs when the two teams met in Mumbai. In the reverse fixture in Chennai, MI gave CSK a taste of their own medicine by strangling MS Dhoni’s men with spin and letting their pacers reap the rewards. CSK were handed a 46-run defeat as MI extended their 9-year unbeaten run at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.
In the Qualifier 1 on Monday, MI once again successfully invaded CSK’s fortress as their spinners put the brakes on and restricted Dhoni’s men to 131 at Chepauk and then gunned down the total with relative ease.
Be it the batting might or the bowling firepower, Mumbai Indians certainly have outclassed Chennai Super Kings so far.
With spinners not enjoying as much success as the previous seasons in IPL 2019, odds are stacked against CSK who are heavily reliant on their tweakers. CSK are known for stepping up on the big days but it remains to be seen if they have enough firepower against this MI unit who seem to have cracked the Chennai code.