About the Match
Mumbai Indians meet Chennai Super Kings yet again for the title clash on 24th May at Kolkata; the two sides played each other in the IPL finals in 2013 wherein Mumbai had defeated CSK to lift the trophy. Even recently, in the first qualifier match on Tuesday, Mumbai had defeated CSK comprehensively to reach the finals. It will be a tough contest on Sunday as Mumbai Indians will do their best to repeat the winning performance from last week against 2-time champions, Super Kings; it needs to be seen which side will emerge victorious to take home the coveted prize.
From poor starters to strong finalists, Mumbai Indians have come a long way in their overall performance this IPL; they defeated CSK in the first qualifier to book a berth in the finals and it was a superb win by 25 runs. Simmons and Parthiv Patel got it going for the hosts, posting an opening stand of 90 runs; while Simmons scored a good knock of 65 off 51, Patel’s contribution of 35 kept the scoreboard ticking. Although Rohit Sharma provided good support in the middle, it was Pollard’s blitzing 41 off just 17 balls that took the total to a defendable 187 runs, which was then fought for by a steady bowling attack. While Malinga picked up 3-23, Harbhajan Singh and Vinay Kumar claimed 2 wickets each to demolish the usually strong CSK batting line-up. McClenaghan came good by taking a wicket and causing a run-out while Suchith continues to help the unit with his wicket-taking abilities. The top order has been explosive in getting the runs on board while the middle order is looking sturdy to keep the momentum going; if they can keep their nerves together and do their best on Sunday, then this team is a tough nut to crack at the moment.
Chennai Super Kings
Bowling has been their strength in recent matches and they did shape up the contest against RCB in the second qualifier; Nehra’s 3-28 started the downfall of the opposition while the others kept the wickets coming at regular intervals to restrict RCB to a modest 139 runs. From thereon, it was up to the batsmen to take the team home safely and Hussey along with Dhoni and Plessis did exactly that. Smith’s recent slippage in getting the big runs is a cause for worry but Hussey’s 56 off 46 against RCB hold a lot of promise for Sunday’s game. The middle order has always been consistent and they can get the job done under crunch situations too; Raina needs to step up and start firing while the lower order will have a tough job if they have to set or chase a big total. Bowling has been outstanding and they will need to be cautious against the Mumbai batsmen, who look to be in better form than the CSK counterparts. If they can come out with more confidence and keep the morale high for the upcoming finals, this team will surely make things tough for Mumbai on Sunday.
After a long season of ups and downs, the Mumbai Indians will try to leave no stone unturned to take the title home; on the other hand CSK is a seasoned team that can overcome challenges to win crucial matches. Although the contest will go down to the wire, we feel that the Super Kings are better placed to win the IPL finals this time around