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Momentum with Mumbai Indians but Super Kings boast big-match temperament

HYDERABAD: It's down to the general two after 59 fits and within the fitness of things, two teams that crowned the league standings might be concerned within the shootout for honours in IPL 2019.

While Mumbai Indians sealed their passage to the general on the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here five days in the past, Chennai Super Kings took a slightly tricky path after they were pressured to play Qualifier 2.

The defeat in Qualifier 1 was once their 3rd to MI this season, however Rohit Sharma and Co. might be totally conscious about Chennai's big-match temperament.

CSK have gained the identify thrice - a feat not unusual to both finalists. While Chennai defeated Mumbai Indians for one of their three titles, two of Mumbai's three identify triumphs have come on the expense of Dhoni and Co.

MI vs CSK IPL Final: Chennai Super Kings financial institution on enjoy against Mumbai Indians

Titles in 2010, 2011 and 2018 notwithstanding, CSK might be playing their 8th final, almost certainly a tad weary after their six-wicket win over Delhi Capitals in Visakhapatnam on Friday evening. To their credit score, Mumbai Indians have gained the identify every exchange yr starting 2013, the last coming on the identical venue, courtesy a nerve-wracking one-run win over Pune Warriors in 2017.

"Mumbai Indians will have the momentum with them going into the final," said Faf du Plessis after his quickfire 50 ended Delhi's run within the festival.

CSK will pay attention to Mumbai's successful run within the last three fits, by which they overcame Sunrisers Hyderabad in a Super Over, routed Kolkata Knight Riders and were given the better of Chennai in their own den. MI started the event on a mistaken note however crowned the standings after the league degree with 18 issues and a run-rate higher than that of CSK.

Consistency has been the watchword for both teams - they've an an identical win-loss ratio - and enthusiasts on Sunday will hope the general will see stars from both sides come into their own. Dhoni leads the charts for his men with 414 runs, followed via Suresh Raina, du Plessis and Shane Watson, however there is no gainsaying the fact that they all had been gamechangers this season.

With the guile of Imran Tahir, who is about to topple countryman Kagiso Rabada for the Purple cap, dot-ball specialist Deepak Chahar, wily Harbhajan Singh and Ravindra Jadeja and short-game specialist Dwayne Bravo within the mix, it turns into clear why Chennai have dominated opposition over time.

All the extra explanation why for Mumbai Indians to revel of their performances against CSK this season as two of those wins got here in Chennai. The sluggish wicket in Chennai may have marred the hosts' performance, however the only here, where David Warner, still the top run grosser, and Jonny Bairstow ran insurrection, might be to their liking, even though at the back of their thoughts they know that Rohit Sharma's best possible this season is best 67.

The Mumbai captain is due for a big one. But in Quinton de Kock, they've a man in form, as are Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya. Pollard can pack a punch too.

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