Both the teams have won the competition thrice previously with a record fourth title on offer at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket stadium.
Mumbai have managed to beat CSK in three IPL 2019 meetings with the latest of them coming in the first Qualifier four days ago.
Can the defending champions make it two titles in a row or will Rohit Sharma lead Mumbai to a third IPL final win over CSK as skipper? Find out by following the ball-by-ball updates from Hyderabad below.
Despite his Mumbai Indians side having the upper hand over Chennai Super Kings throughout the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign, skipper Rohit Sharma is not looking back at the past ahead of Sunday’s final at Hyderabad.
The two most successful franchises in IPL history lock horns in the final with a record fourth title on offer for both sides. Mumbai hold the slight advantage ahead of the final courtesy of having beaten the defending champions thrice over the course of the IPL 2019 campaign.
In three previous IPL finals between the two sides, it is Mumbai who have enjoyed greater success with two victories. However, all that counts for little for Rohit ahead of the summit clash at the Rajiv Gandhi International cricket stadium.
“We have to play good cricket,” the Mumbai skipper stated on the eve of the IPL final.
“For us as a team, it’s important to focus on the day, and think about how we can win the game rather than what has happened in the past, what our team or the opposition has done. For us, as long as I’m concerned, the focus will be on the game and how we can play a good one.
MI's recent H2H record against CSK is astonishing & is evidence of how a team can exploit a match-up. Overall MI have won 17 of their 29 matches v CSK. They've won 7 of the last 8 (despite having lost 6 of the 8 tosses) & have won six in a row in fortress Chepauk. #IPL #MIvCSK— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) May 8, 2019
“We will not focus on what has happened in the past, who has won trophies how many times etc. We have to treat this as another match and that is what we have done through the tournament.”
Having beaten CSK in the first Qualifier, Mumbai Indians have enjoyed a four-day break ahead of Sunday’s final but Rohit is not worried about any disruption in the team’s momentum.
“We have been on the road for a while, we were playing back to back games,” Rohit said.
“We are fortunate to have finished on the top of the table, qualify in the first play-off and get three to four days break. Everyone needed one. We could rejuvenate, come back together as a group and get together better and move forward.
“I don’t think it’s a momentum breaker to have three to four days off. In fact, I look at it in a positive way.”
Two of the most successful teams in the competition’s history will lock horns in the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) final at Hyderabad on Sunday in a continuation of what is developing into a fearsome rivalry.
There has been little to separate Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings over the years with both teams clinching the IPL title three times in their history and they now have a shot at becoming the most successful franchise when they clash at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.
MUMBAI HAVE UPPER HAND
On paper, the title is Mumbai’s to lose with Rohit Sharma and his men prevailing in each of the three encounters against Chennai this season and convincingly at that. The latest of those victories came just four days ago in the first Qualifier at Chennai in a six-wicket win and that should see Mumbai enjoy a psychological advantage in the final.
The two teams faced off in three IPL finals with Mumbai prevailing in two of them. All these factors bode well for Rohit’s men but the fact that CSK are making a record eighth IPL final appearance in 10 editions cannot be discounted.
BATTLE OF SPIN AT HYDERABAD
With the pitch at Hyderabad showing signs of slowing down over the course of the IPL 2019 campaign, spinners could be in business during the final. Both sides, especially Chennai, possess an excellent spin attack and that should result in an intriguing battle.
For defending champions CSK, Imran Tahir, Ravindra Jadeja and Harbhajan Singh have so far combined to pick up 55 wickets between themselves and have been the biggest reason for the team’s success.
Meanwhile, Mumbai aren’t too shabby either in the spin department with Krunal Pandya and young leg-spinner Rahul Chahar leading the way. The duo have snared 23 wickets so far while maintaining an economy-rate of less than seven runs an over.
Mumbai also have Jayant Yadav and young Anukul Roy in their ranks who could be handy weapons on a spinning pitch and both spinners have hurt Chennai previously in the IPL 2019 campaign.
HARDIK PANDYA KEY IN FINAL
While the battle of spin promises to be an enticing prospect, how Mumbai all-rounder Hardik Pandya goes could very well have a major bearing on the result. The India stalwart has been in sensational form for Mumbai this season and has made several match-winning contributions with both bat and ball.
It is with the bat that Pandya has looked almost unstoppable with the right-hander amassing 386 runs in 15 matches at an average of over 48 and a strike-rate of 193. Although he has gone at more than nine runs an over with the ball, Pandya has still managed to pick up 14 wickets with many of them coming in crucial situations.
His lower-order cameos with the bat have dug Mumbai out of several holes over the course of the season and MS Dhoni and his men will need to be wary of his prowess in the death overs.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Jayant Yadav, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga.
Chennai Super Kings: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Murali Vijay, MS Dhoni (wk and c), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir.