IPL 2019 Final: MI–CSK to Battle it Out for 4th Title on Sunday
Familiar foes and the two most successful teams of the IPL - Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings take on each other in the IPL 2019 final on Sunday, 12 May in Hyderabad, following a rather eventful season that produced some unprecedented moments on the field.
It can't be disputed that Mumbai go into the final as the favourites, having beaten CSK as many as three times earlier in the tournament including the first Qualifier played at Chennai on Tuesday, 7 May.
However, statistics count for little going into the title fight with both teams being in the situation multiple times in the past.
For three-time champions CSK, who have entered their eighth final, it has been another remarkable season after last year’s heroics when they made a triumphant return having serving a two-year suspension.
Whatever the outcome may be, the final on Sunday, 12 May will add another memorable chapter to their longtime rivalry.
CSK will have to redraw their plans against Mumbai, who have beaten them convincingly three times this season.
Going into the Qualifier 2, the lack of runs from Shane Watson's bat was a concern but he regained his touch with a 32-ball 50 against Delhi Capitals.
Mumbai, on the other hand, will be well rested following a four-day break and backing themselves for a fourth win over Dhoni's side this season and fourth IPL title.
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