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by Alastair Symondson Saturday 11 May 2019
Both CSK and MI have won the IPL title three times each and are the joint most successful teams of the league. This final will ensure that one of the team gets one up over the other to earn some bragging rights. If you asked CSK who they would want to face in the Final, they would probably have picked anyone but Mumbai Indians and they are exactly who CSK will have to outplay in order to lay their hands on their fourth title. Out of the 29 matches played between the two teams, MI have got the better of CSK with 17 wins as opposed to Chennai's 12. The men in yellow have also been defeated by Rohit Sharma and Co thrice in this season itself. Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings in Qualifier 1 to move to the Final, while Chennai had to take a detour by beating Delhi Capitals by 6 wickets in the Eliminator to reach the final.
Mumbai Indians are expected to bring in Ben Cutting in place of Jayant Yadav, while Chennai Super Kings might look to replace Shardul Thakur with either of Karn Sharma or Mohit Sharma. On paper, Mumbai Indians are a far better side than Chennai Super Kings but it is the beauty of the Final that the team who plays well on that day wins the trophy, regardless of other factors. Apart from the skills, it will also be a tussle between the captaincy of Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni and the nerves of each and every individual in both the sides.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams.
Mumbai Indians- Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Ben Cutting, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga
Chennai Super Kings- Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Ambati Rayudu, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Karn Sharma/Mohit Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win? – Mumbai Indians
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) –Ambati Rayudu (Chennai Super Kings), Rohit Sharma (Mumbai Indians)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Imran Tahir (Chennai Super Kings), Jasprit Bumrah (Mumbai Indians)
Most boundaries – Ambati Rayudu (Chennai Super Kings), Hardik Pandya (Mumbai Indians)
Team Scores Batting First – Chennai Super Kings 165+, Mumbai Indians 175+
*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.
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