The IPL final takes place in Hyderabad on Sunday where Mumbai Indians clash with the Chennai Super Kings and in three earlier meetings this season it was Mumbai who came out on top.
Mumbai have rested since Tuesday when they beat the Super Kings in the first qualifier in Chennai. In the regular season Mumbai finished with a record of 9 wins and 5 defeats and they claimed top spot in the final round of matches.
Quinton de Kock is their top run scorer with 500 runs, Suryakumar Yadav is next best with 409, Rohit Sharma has 390 and Hardik Pandya has 386. With the ball Jasprit Bumrah has taken 17 wickets in 15 matches, Malinga has claimed 15 in 11 outings, Hardik Pandya has 14 wickets and Rahul Chahar has 12.
Chennai Super Kings
After losing the first qualifier to Mumbai the Super Kings made amends with a 6 wicket win over Delhi Capitals in Visakhapatnam in the second qualifier on Friday. CSK restricted Delhi to 147/9 and openers Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson both scored 50 as CSK got up with an over to spare. CSK now get the chance to defend the title they won in 2018.
MS Dhoni is top CSK batsmen with 414 runs from 11 innings. Suresh Raina has 375 from 16 knocks and Faf du Plessis has 370 from 11 innings.
Imran Tahir is leading wicket taker for CSK with 24 and Deepak Chahar has 19 from 16 matches. Harbhajan Singh has 16 from just 10 outings and Ravindra Jadeja has 15.
Head to Head
Matches 29, Mumbai wins 17, CSK wins 12
When the teams met in Mumbai in Match 15 Mumbai won by 37 runs. Suryakumar Yadav (59) and Krunal Pandya (42) were top scorers in Mumbai’s bat first total of 170/5. CSK lost their first 3 wickets with just 33 runs on the board and although Kedar Jadhav hit 58, they came up well short, closing on 133/8 (Hardik Pandya 3/20)
The return in Chennai came in Match 44 and this time Mumbai won by 46 runs. Rohit Sharma top scored with 67 as Mumbai posted 155/4. In the chase only 3 CSK batsmen made it to double figures as they were bowled out for 109 with Malinga taking 4 wickets.
On Tuesday of this week Mumbai Indians beat the Super Kings by a 6 wicket margin in Chennai in the first qualifier. CSK posted 131/4 in that game with Rayadu (42) and Dhoni (37) unbeaten at the death after a slow start. In the chase both Mumbai openers fell cheaply but Suryakumar Yadav hit 71 not out and Mumbai got home in 18.3 overs.
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Mumbai Indians 17/20
Chennai Super Kings evens
Note: Prices correct at the time of posting but are subject to change
CSK have some experienced campaigners in their ranks but they have yet to get the better of Mumbai this season. Although the Super Kings openers found their form in the second qualifier it’s their spinners who have been responsible for much of their success and they will be hoping the wicket in Hyderabad will offer some turn.
We stick with Mumbai who also have a more than useful bowling attack and Jasprit Bumrah is a speculative play in the Man of the Match market..
Bet: Mumbai Indians to win at 17/20
Man of the Match Bumrah at 12/1