The 24th of May will bring a close to what has been a scintillating IPL 2015. Fittingly, it will be the Chennai Super Kings who take on the Mumbai Indians at the Eden Gardens. In spite of the Chennai Super Kings tipped to win, we take a look at the chances of both teams.
The Mumbai Indians will be looking to win back the trophy they won in 2013. Lendl Simmons and Parthiv Patel will be expected to open the batting with Rohit Sharma coming in at no. 3. Kieron Pollard’s man of the match performance against the Chennai Super Kings in the qualifiers quenched doubts about the feeble middle order of the Mumbai Indians. Hardik Pandya and Harbhajan Singh will complete the lower middle order.
As expected, Lasith Malinga will lead the bowling attack for the Mumbai Indians. Thus, it will definitely be a formidable side that will take the Eden Gardens for the IPL final.
Chennai Super Kings
The most consistent side team in IPL history will be entering their 6th IPL final. Although a Super Kings win is of a higher probability, their performance against the Royal Challengers was far from convincing. Michael Hussey is expected to partner Dwayne Smith as they open the Chennai innings.
Dwayne Bravo, Ashish Nehra and Mohit Sharma are likely to be retained as we may see a change in the spin department. Ravindra Jadeja is likely to face the axe as Pawan Negi has performed with the bat as well.
Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians
Head to Head
Of the Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians matches played over the years, the two have faced each other 23 times. The Mumbai Indians have their noses ahead with a 12-11 lead over their counterparts.
Mumbai have emerged victorious in their last two meetings against Chennai, winning by 25 runs and by 6 wickets.
Suresh Raina has appeared in all the 23 meetings between the IPL heavyweights. In addition, Raina has also scored the most number of runs in this encounter with a total of 557 runs accumulated.
In spite of the many venues in both India and South Africa, CSK and MI will face off for the first time at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
Lasith Malinga is the highest wicket taker in this particular fixture with 17 wickets. Current purple cap holder Dwayne Bravo is in second place with 15 wickets. The Jamaican’s 15 wickets have come with him donning both the CSK and MI jerseys.
In the year 2011, the Mumbai Indians won all their matches against the Chennai Super Kings. However, in 2014, the Mumbai Indians failed to beat the Chennai Super Kings.
Dwayne Bravo, Parthiv Patel, Dwayne Smith, Ashish Nehra and Mike Hussey are among the many players who have represented both sides.
The X Factor: Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya’s innings last time around saw the Mumbai Indians pick up an extremely crucial win. However, whether he can produce similar heroics this time around remains to be seen.