The known enemies and the two most successful IPL teams, Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings, will meet in a final in Hyderabad in Hyderabad on Sunday, after a rather hectic season that produced some unprecedented moments on the field.
In the past, MI and CSK have blocked the horns three times, with Rohit Sharma leading 2-1. In 2010, CSK lifted its first IPL crown by beating its archrivals for 22 races before MI recovered to win the crown in 2013 and 2015. Celebrities like El Clásico, MI and CSK are three times winners. And if by any stretch of the imagination, that’s not a big enough achievement, winning the title for the fourth time will only add more feathers to the rich history of both sides.
It can not be disputed that Mumbai will go to the final as favorites, since he beat the CSK three times before in the tournament, even in the Qualifying 1 in Chennai on Tuesday.
However, the statistics do not count to enter the fight for the title, since both teams are in the situation before several times.
The Bombay led by Rohit Sharma can certainly take away the confidence of having won three of the four finals he has participated in, including the two against CSK in 2013 and 2015.
For the three-time CSK champions, who have entered their eighth final, it has been another remarkable season after last year, when they had a triumphant comeback after completing a two-year suspension.
Whatever the outcome, the final in Hyderabad will add another memorable chapter to their long-standing rivalry.
The way in which the whole season was developed will not be forgotten in the future by fans and experts.
With the start of the World Cup just after the IPL, the league had an additional meaning for the contaminated Australian stars Steve Smith and David Warner, who had a successful comeback after fulfilling the one-year bans for their role in the Ball manipulation scandal in South Africa.
Warner made a great comeback by accumulating 692 runs and formed the most dangerous opening match of this season with Jonny Bairstow. The first left-handed match, which is back in Australia for the preparation of the World Cup, is expected to end up as the player with the most runs in the tournament.
For India’s own players, Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul, it was also a tournament to remember, as both reached maximum speed before the World Cup.
Having served a suspension of the BCCI for their outrageous comments about women during a television show, Pandya and Rahul acted together and were winners of matches for their respective teams.
Pandya is not over yet and he hopes he will offer a winning performance for Mumbai in the final. He and Andre Russell, of KKR, raised the power by hitting another level with their sensational play of light.
In addition to producing many moments in the field to savor, IPL 2019 had its fair share of controversies. Among those who stood out were the KXIP captain, Ravichandran Ashwin, and the talismanic captain of CSK, Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
At the start of the competition, Ashwin unleashed a massive “cricket spirit” debate throughout the cricket fraternity by “Mankading” Jos Buttler, who was backing down at the end of the non-front. There were some who backed Ashwin’s act, while others opposed it. The controversial incident even attracted the attention of MCC, the custodian of the laws of the game.
Two weeks later, nothing less than Dhoni’s behavior was questioned after he burst onto the field from the dugout to play a call without the ball. It was weird to see Dhoni losing his calm.
The referees were again at the receiving end after making some bad calls, which raises serious doubts about the standard of the Indian referees.
The issue of overvaluation should also be taken into account when planning next season, as some of the games in the league extend beyond midnight.
By refocusing on Sunday’s final, CSK will have to redraw their plans against Mumbai, which has won convincingly three times this season.
Rohit and Co. have dealt with the threat of turning CSK intelligently, while the batters of other teams fought against the trio of experience of Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh and Ravindra Jadeja. The accelerator CSK Deepak Chahar has also been impressive with 19 windows so far.
Upon entering Qualifier 2, Shane Watson’s lack of batting was a concern, but he regained his contact with a 32-ball against Delhi Capitals.
Mumbai, on the other hand, will be well rested after a four-day break and will be backing for a fourth victory over Dhoni’s team this season and the fourth title of the IPL.
Teams And Match starts 7:30 pm.
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.
“We know what to do in different situations, we have made the most of our experience, the Indians of Mumbai have a great team, not too many holes in their team.” – Shane Watson, after the 100th victory in CSK’s IPK on Friday night.