12 May 2019: MI vs CSK IPL Match Analysis, Preview and Prediction

12 May 2019: MI vs CSK IPL Match Analysis, Preview and Prediction

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Part of the journey is the end. The two titans of IPL meet at the Rajiv Gandhi stadium to settle the rein of supremacy. Both Chennai and Mumbai have won the trophy thrice and are on a bid to outdo each other for the fourth time. MI has beaten CSK quite convincingly in this season while Chennai will be seeking revenge. So, join us for the latest team news, starting XIs, key players, and of course our prediction.

Mumbai Indians

Mumbai Indians are no stranger to the finals of IPL, having won the tournament three times. The team boasts of a splendid batting line up complemented by a strong bowling unit. Moreover, Mi has had the upper hand on CSK a number of times. They even defeated the men in yellow in the playoffs to book a berth in the finals of 2019. Led by captain Rohit Sharma, MI boast quite a depth in batting. Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya all have the ability to easily clear the ropes. Especially, Pandya whose batting heroics have been the talk of the season. Young Ishan Kishan and big man Kieron Pollard also need to be at the top of their game in the final match.

Mumbai Indians possess an equally good bowling unit. The duo of Lasith Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah are lethal in the death overs. Hardik Pandya comes in quite handy with the ball too. Rahul Chahar despite being the lone good spinner has impressed over the matches.

Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav will be key in batting. Bumrah and Chahar will look to rattle CSK batting.

Predicted XI

Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Keiron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga.

Chennai Super Kings

Chennai are undoubtedly the most successful IPL team in history, having appeared in seven finals. But they have just won the finals three times out of those seven. In spite of that CSK are arguably the most successful IPL team on par with MI. This season though, CSK have struggled with their batting quite a lot. They endured batting collapses in many matches with Dhoni rescuing them on a regular basis. Against DC, we got to see the CSK of the old, as they beat out the young side quite convincingly. Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson will look to continue on their good form from the last match. In the middle order, Raina, Rayudu and MS Dhoni will do their best to pile on after the openers.

Much like Mumbai, CSK have a potent bowling force to deal with. But the lack of fast bowlers might hurt CSK here. Imran Tahir and Harbhajan Singh have been instrumental behind CSK’s success this season. Bravo and Shardul Thakur will have to do their best to match up to the Mumbai attack.

Faf du Plessis and Dhoni will be key to the batting. Thakur and Tahir will be for bowling.

Predicted XI

Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, MS Dhoni, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahr, Shardul Thakur, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir.

Prediction: Who’ll Win?

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    It’s the final battle. Both teams will have to play their best games. Expect a thriller final with Mumbai crowning themselves the champion a fourth time.

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