It has been a super exciting one and a half month which comes down to yet another El-Clasico finale. As Mumbai take on Chennai on Sunday, it will be a treat to all the cricket lovers. Two of the most consistent teams in tournament history have lit many finals & yet here they are once again. The winner will get a record 4th Title and take a lead over their opponents. The face-off will happen at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. Select your side and get ready for what will turn out to be the cracker of a game on Sunday evening.
Mumbai have topped the table in this edition 18 points, winning 9 out of their 14 games. They seem to be the most balanced side. Rohit Sharma led Mumbai has won 3 titles out of which 2 were against Chennai in the final. So, it will be yet another challenge for them on Sunday evening to get past their opponents whom they have beaten 3 times already this season. The team has had different match winners for several games. The heroics of Hardik Pandya, the clinical Surkyakumar Yadav, and the young leggie Rahul Chahar have been standout performers for Mumbai this season. The international experience of Rohit, De Kock, and Pollard have also come in handy.
Probable Line-up: Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Rahul Chahar, Mitchell McClenaghan, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah
Chennai reaching the finals is a given in this tournament. One could have bet on this over the years and would have come out victorious almost all times. This team is ruthlessly efficient and has reached most finals over the years. Even when they are not at their best, you can expect someone to pop up and take them over the line. Love them or hate them, you simply cannot ignore them or write them off. Their driving force continues to be Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The talismanic captain has delivered with the bat, behind the wickets & most crucially as the captain who knows how to get the best out of his players. There was one worry for them going into the playoffs, the form of their batsman. But Du Plessis, Watson & Raina have done well in the last few games.
Probable Line-up: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Murali Vijay, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar
We are torn between the two teams as both are capable of winning this one. Why don’t you tell us who will win in the comments section?
Sunday 12thMay (7:30pm IST) at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
Slight chances of rain as there was drizzle on the eve of the game. High temperature is expected.