Our Prediction is Mumbai Indians to win and triumph as the IPL 2019 Champion!
Resurgent Chennai Super Kings will take on in-form Mumbai Indians in the finals of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 in Hyderabad on Sunday. Both the teams will be gunning for their fourth IPL crown in this final.
Both sides finished the round-robin stages as number one and two on the points table, and have already clashed three times in the competition where Mumbai have managed to come out on top in all contests.
In the Qualifier 1 game, Mumbai managed to beat Chennai to qualify for the finals of the competition. Captain Rohit Sharma will be hoping that the side can bring their A-game to the table in order to clinch their record fourth title.
On the other hand, Chennai Super Kings delivered an emphatic batting performance to reach the finals for the second year in a row. Reigning Champions will be looking to deliver their best game with bat and ball to win the coveted prize for the fourth time.
Mumbai Indians outclassed Chennai Super Kings by six wickets in the Qualifier 1 game, courtesy sublime performances from rookie leg-spinner Rahul Chahar and middle-order batsman Suryakumar Yadav.
In the batting department, the team management will be hoping to see the return of form of wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock, who had a rare failure in an all-important encounter against Chennai, but even then he has amassed 500 runs in 15 matches at an average of 35.71.
Captain Rohit Sharma perished for a low score and will be determined to produce something special against Chennai in the finals. In this year’s competition, Sharma has scored 390 runs in 14 matches at an average of 30.00 with two half-centuries to his name. He will be one player to watch out for Mumbai in this Indian Premier League final
Middle-order batsman Suryakumar Yadav made a valuable contribution with the bat in the previous game played against Chennai and the team management will be hoping for a similar kind of performances in the all-important finale. Yadav scored 71 off 54 balls to steer Mumbai to a comfortable win over Chennai in the Qualifier 1 game. He was well supported by Ishan Kishan, who chipped in with 28 off 31 balls with the help of one four and one six. Yadav and Kishan put on an 80-run partnership to see Mumbai Indians complete the chase in the penultimate over of the innings.
In the bowling department, the team is relying heavily on Jaspreet Bumrah, who has claimed 17 wickets in 15 matches played in this year’s competition. Leg-spinner Rahul Chahar also delivered an impressive performance with the ball and finished with figures of 2 for 14 from his four overs in the Qualifier game played against Chennai but it will be interesting to see if he can deliver at a venue like Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad.
Rohit Sharma (captain), Quinton de Kock (wk), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Jaspreet Bumrah, Lasith Malinga, Mitchell McClenaghan/Jayant Yadav, Rahul Chahar
Mitchell McClenaghan, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, JJ Bumrah, Lasith Malinga, Rahul Chahar, Ishan Kishan, Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma, SA Yadav
On the other hand, Chennai Super Kings registered a comprehensive six-wicket win against Delhi Capitals in the Qualifier 2 game, courtesy splendid half-centuries from Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis.
In the batting department, the team management will be depending on the likes of Faf du Plessis, who has been a consistent performer for Chennai in the tournament with 370 runs in 11 matches at an average of 37.00. In the previous game, Du Plessis scored 50 off 39 balls with the help of seven fours and a six. He will be looking to produce a notable score for Chennai in this final of Indian Premier League.
All-rounder Shane Watson found form with the bat in the previous game played against Delhi Capitals. He scored 50 off 32 balls with the help of three fours and four six. Du Plessis put on an excellent partnership with Shane Watson to help Chennai get off to a decent start to their innings.
Wicket-keeper MS Dhoni has done an excellent job with the bat for Chennai Super Kings this season and scored 414 runs in 14 matches with three half-centuries to his name.
In the bowling department, the team management will be banking on the spin trio of Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir and Ravindra Jadeja who have claimed 55 wickets collectively so far this season. In the previous game, the spinners bowled well and picked five wickets between them to restrict Delhi to a modest score. Pace bowler Deepak Chahar also bowled exceedingly well for the side in the previous game and picked up key wickets of Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant.
MS Dhoni (captain & wk), Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Shane Watson, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Murali Vijay/Shardul Thakur, Ambati Rayudu, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar
Dwayne Bravo, Imran Tahir, SR Watson, Deepak Chahar, SN Thakur, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni
The pitch is expected to be excellent for batting, whereas the team chasing as always, will have an advantage. The spinners will play a huge role in the outcome of this final. The weather forecast for the game on Sunday is going to be partly cloudy.
Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium is all set to host its first Indian Premier League final. Mumbai Indians have managed to win a couple of games played at this venue and will be confident of doing well against Chennai. Overall, Mumbai Indians have a good head-to-head record Chennai Super Kings in the competition.
The side that wins the toss would be looking to bat first and put runs on the board. It might get a little tricky to chase a big score at this venue. Spinners will get help from the surface.
It is certainly going to be a riveting contest between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings.
For Chennai Super Kings, the big positive from the previous game was Shane Watson finding form with the bat. Last year, Watson delivered mesmerizing century to help Chennai lift their third title. All-rounder will be keen to produce something special with the bat in this final.
Chennai’s middle-order has not done much since the round-robin stages. Bowling has been Chennai Super Kings main strength as they managed to restrict teams to modest totals throughout the competition.
On the other hand, Mumbai has played excellent cricket to reach the finals of the competition.
With Suryakumar Yadav and Quinton de Kock too in the mix, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya with the ability to play quick-fire cameos, the batting looks formidable. Overall, Mumbai’s batting has been far superior in comparison to Chennai in this year’s competition.
Expect Mumbai to beat Chennai in this all-important final and become the IPL 2019 Champion!
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