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Mumbai Indians have upper hand over Chennai Super Kings 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 final here on Sunday, following a quite eventful season that produced some extraordinary moments on the area.

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It can't be disputed that Mumbai pass into the overall because the favourites, having overwhelmed CSK as many as 3 times earlier within the match together with within the Qualifier 1 at Chennai on Tuesday.

However, statistics count for little going into the title combat with both teams being within the situation prior to a couple of occasions.

Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai can undoubtedly take self belief out of the truth that they have got gained three out of the 4 finals they have got been a part of, together with the two against CSK in 2013 and 2015.

For three-time champions CSK, who have entered their 8th final, it's been every other outstanding season after remaining 12 months once they made a triumphant go back having serving a two-year suspension.

Whatever the end result could also be, the overall here will add every other memorable chapter to their long-time rivalry.

The way all the season unfolded will also not be forgotten anytime soon by the fans and professionals alike.

With World Cup starting proper after the IPL, the league had further significance for tainted Australian stars -- Steve Smith and David Warner -- who made a a success go back after serving out one-year bans for their function within the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.

Warner particularly made a roaring go back by collecting 692 runs and shaped probably the most unhealthy opening pairing this season along Jonny Bairstow. The left-handed opener, who is back in Australia for the World Cup preparation, is set to finish because the match's absolute best run-getter.

For India's very personal, Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul, it was also a match to remember with both hitting top-gear forward of the World Cup.

Having served a BCCI suspension for their outrageous comments on women all the way through a TV show, Pandya and Rahul got their act together and proved match-winners for their respective teams.

Pandya is not done yet and be expecting him to ship a match-winning efficiency for Mumbai within the final. He and KKR's Andre Russell increased energy hitting to every other degree with their sensational strokeplay.

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

Early into the competition, Ashwin brought about an enormous 'spirit of cricket' debate in all the cricketing fraternity by 'Mankading' Jos Buttler who was backing up at the non-striker's finish. There were some who subsidized Ashwin's act, while some were against it. The arguable incident even attracted the eye of MCC, the custodian of sport's regulations.

Two weeks later, none as opposed to Dhoni's behavior was questioned after he stormed onto the pitch from the dugout to dispute a no-ball name. It was a unprecedented sight of Dhoni losing his cool.

Umpires were at the receiving finish again after making some deficient calls, elevating critical questions over the usual of Indian umpires.

The issue of over-rate too should be taken into account while planning for the following season with one of the league video games stretching beyond nighttime.

Bringing the focal point back to the overall on Sunday, CSK should redraw their plans against Mumbai, who have overwhelmed them convincingly 3 times this season.

Rohit and Co. have handled CSK's spin danger well while different teams' batsmen struggled against the revel in trio of Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh and Ravindra Jadeja. CSK pacer Deepak Chahar too has been spectacular with 19 wickets thus far.

Going into the Qualifier 2, the lack of runs from Shane Watson's bat was a concern however he regained his touch with a 32-ball 50 against Delhi Capitals.


Mumbai, alternatively, will likely be smartly rested following a four-day break and backing themselves for a fourth win over Dhoni's facet 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, K 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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