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Dhoni's 'Dad's Army' fight on for one more final


HYDERABAD: MS Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings shrugged off their 'Dad's Army' label to achieve Sunday's IPL final against the Mumbai Indians with both groups taking a look to clinch a document fourth name.

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Chennai hammered Delhi Capitals, the child stars of the Indian Premier League, by means of six wickets on Friday to achieve a document eighth final in the Twenty20 event.

The 37-year-old Dhoni is one of 11 members of the 25-man Chennai squad elderly over 30.

Australian Shane Watson is 37 and fellow opener Faf du Plessis, a relative workforce youngster at 34. Both plundered fifties off the Delhi bowling as Chennai powered previous the 147 target with an over to spare and simply four wickets misplaced.

Dhoni, winner of 3 IPL titles and nonetheless a key member of India's World Cup squad, is not troubled by means of questions about his age.

"I don't mind that because all this increases the anticipation," Dhoni said originally of the sport against Delhi, who were referred to as the 'Kid's Army'.

Their captain Shreyas Iyer is 23 and wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, the most probably successor to Dhoni in the nationwide aspect, simply 21.

Dhoni has reliable outdated warhorses on each and every entrance to take at the Mumbai Indians, who beat Chennai ultimate Tuesday to protected their position in the final.

The 35-year-old West Indies pacer Dwayne Bravo, returned figures of 2-19 to limit Delhi to 147 for nine.

Leg-spinner Imran Tahir, the eldest member of the squad at 39, has 24 scalps and is just one clear of overtaking fellow South African Kagiso Rabada of Delhi as the IPL's most sensible wicket-taker.

"We know what to do in different situations, we've made the most of our experience," Watson said after his workforce's 100th IPL win.

"Mumbai Indians have a great team, not too many holes in their team," he stated.

Mumbai, led by means of India's big name batsman Rohit Sharma, shall be reckoning on their rivals' fatigue to lend a hand them win.

Dhoni's aspect gets handiest 48 hours to get to Hyderabad for the overall and recover to tackle a facet with what seems to be the right mix of youngster and revel in.

With standout 20-year-old Ishan Kishan in the middle-order and the Pandya brothers -- Hardik and Krunal -- in addition to big-hitting Kieron Pollard, Mumbai finished most sensible of the desk after a slow begin to the season.

"They are a superstar team. If anyone does anything of repute anywhere in the world of cricket, they buy him," cricketer-turned-analyst Pommie Mbangwa said.

"Yet somehow after a certain period of time they have managed to settle on some sort of formula that gets them winning games," said the previous Zimbabwe paceman.


Mumbai have the bragging rights against Chennai this season after beating them 3 times, in the league and playoffs.


They have additionally met in three IPL finals, with Mumbai profitable two.


Mumbai won their finals in 2013, 2015 -- both against Chennai -- and once more in 2017 after they beat Rising Pune Supergiant.


Chennai won theirs in 2010 against Mumbai, in 2011 and once more in 2018 after coming back from a two-year ban over an unlawful playing scandal involving one of the most homeowners of the franchise.


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