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Mumbai have upper hand over Chennai in clash of IPL giants

HYDERABAD: Familiar foes and the two maximum a success teams of the IPL -- Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings -- conflict in a mouth-watering ultimate here on Sunday, following a fairly eventful season that produced some remarkable moments on the field.

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It cannot be disputed that Mumbai pass into the general as the favourites, having overwhelmed CSK as many as 3 times earlier in the match together with in the Qualifier 1 at Chennai on Tuesday.

However, statistics count for little going into the title fight with each teams being in the situation prior to multiple instances.

Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai can no doubt take confidence out of the fact that they've received 3 out of the four finals they've been part of, together with the two in opposition to CSK in 2013 and 2015.

For three-time champions CSK, who've entered their 8th ultimate, it has been any other remarkable season after closing 12 months after they made a triumphant return having serving a two-year suspension.

Whatever the outcome is also, the general here will upload any other memorable bankruptcy to their long-time competition.

The way all the season opened up may even now not be forgotten anytime quickly by the lovers and experts alike.

With World Cup beginning right after the IPL, the league had further significance for tainted Australian stars -- Steve Smith and David Warner -- who made a a success return after serving out one-year bans for his or her role in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.

Warner particularly made a roaring return by gathering 692 runs and formed the most unhealthy opening pairing this season alongside Jonny Bairstow. The left-handed opener, who is back in Australia for the World Cup preparation, is about to finish as the match's absolute best run-getter.

For India's very personal, Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul, it was additionally a match to keep in mind with each hitting top-gear forward of the World Cup.

Having served a BCCI suspension for his or her outrageous feedback on ladies all over a TV display, Pandya and Rahul got their act in combination and proved match-winners for his or her respective teams.

Pandya is not carried out yet and expect him to ship a match-winning performance for Mumbai in the ultimate. He and KKR's Andre Russell elevated power hitting to any other stage with their sensational strokeplay.

Besides producing numerous on-field moments to savour, IPL 2019 had its fair share of controversies. Amongst the ones that stood out concerned KXIP skipper Ravichandran Ashwin and talismanic CSK captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Early into the competition, Ashwin prompted a large 'spirit of cricket' debate in all the cricketing fraternity by 'Mankading' Jos Buttler who was backing up on the non-striker's finish. There have been some who subsidized Ashwin's act, whilst some have been in opposition to it. The debatable incident even attracted the eye of MCC, the custodian of sport's rules.

Two weeks later, none rather then Dhoni's behavior was puzzled after he stormed onto the pitch from the dugout to dispute a no-ball call. It was a rare sight of Dhoni shedding his cool.

Umpires have been on the receiving finish again after making some deficient calls, elevating critical questions over the standard of Indian umpires.

The factor of over-rate too will have to be taken under consideration whilst making plans for the following season with one of the crucial league games stretching past nighttime.

Bringing the focal point back to the general on Sunday, CSK will have to redraw their plans in opposition to Mumbai, who've overwhelmed them convincingly 3 times this season.

Rohit and Co. have dealt with CSK's spin risk well whilst other teams' batsmen struggled in opposition to the experience trio of Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh and Ravindra Jadeja. CSK pacer Deepak Chahar too has been spectacular with 19 wickets up to now.

Going into the Qualifier 2, the loss of runs from Shane Watson's bat was a concern but he regained his touch with a 32-ball 50 in opposition to Delhi Capitals.

Mumbai, then again, will be smartly rested following a four-day wreck and backing themselves for a fourth win over Dhoni's aspect this season and fourth IPL title.

Teams (from):

Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Murali Vijay, Ravindra Jadeja, Dhruv Shorey, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Rituraj Gaikwad, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Mohit Sharma, Okay M Asif, Deepak Chahar, N Jagadeesan, Scott Kuggeleijn.

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Anmolpreet Singh, Siddhesh Lad, Ankul Roy, Evin Lewis, Pankaj Jaiswal, Ben Cutting, Ishan Kishan, Aditya Tare, Rasikh Salam, Barinder Sran, Jayant Yadav, Beuran Hendricks and Lasith Malinga.

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