IPL 2015 Final Clash of equals in epic match at Eden Gardens tonight | Live Score
The rivalry between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Mumbai Indians (MI) is a stepped Indian Premier League (IPL). The two teams played the most matches in the IPL. Chennai Super Kings are a dominant force in this tournament, after the knockout on eight occasions. This will be their sixth final and they are the two-time IPL champions.
Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, have a dominant series corresponding to Chennai Super Kings. Since 2010, they have been the team to beat. They are the only team in the IPL have a better relationship win the Chennai Super Kings, with 11 victories in 21 games. After a dismal start in the IPL in 2015 where they lost five of six games, they turned their spectacular game and qualified for the final.
Chennai Super Kings will be eyeing revenge in this clash. They were beaten by the Mumbai Indians in the IPL final in 2013 when they lost the first qualifying match at Wankhede stadium. Mumbai Indians will be aware of the ability of their opponent and they will be determined to become IPL champions for the second time. Key battles before the final
Lendl Simmons 1 vs Dwayne Smith
Mumbai Indians have benefited enormously from the presence of Lendl Simmons at the top. With 472 runs at an average of 42 with five fifties and a rate of 119.19 exercise, Simmons has again galvanized the team when they needed it most. However, it was a struggle to Dwayne Smith in this edition. With 342 runs at an average of 22 with only one fifty, Smith struggled to convert his starts. Its struggles to the summit put pressure on Chennai Super Kings and they had to rely on the likes of Michael Hussey and Brendon McCullum to bail them out. Chennai Super Kings are hoping Smith follows the example of Simmons and lay a platform for the team on the big day.
Kieron Pollard 2 vs Dwayne Congratulations
Kieron Pollard has shown once again that it is the X-factor in the death overs for Mumbai Indians. His shot off 17 balls 41 against Chennai Super Kings was the key blow. With 383 runs at a strike rate of 160, Chennai Super Kings will be aware of the destruction of Pollard. However, in the past, Dwayne Bravo got the better of his counterpart and the Caribbean will be responsible for new work. Bravo is the first wicket-taker in the IPL 2015 and bowling at the death was commendable. It will be an interesting clash between two players who specialize in death: one with the bat and the ball.
Ashish Nehra 3 v Mitchell McClenaghan
Ashish Nehra has shown that it is the grand-player game for Chennai Super Kings. He delivered in crucial moments and spells have often changed the face of the game, as witnessed in the second qualifying against Royal Challengers Bangalore. With 22 wickets at a constant average of 18.54, Nehra will again be the key. However, Mitchell McClenaghan should not be underestimated. With 15 wickets for Mumbai Indians, McClenaghan has always delivered breakthroughs and even if it proved to be expensive, his wicket-taking capabilities will be crucial in the final.
Harbhajan Singh 4 vs R Ashwin
Harbhajan Singh is having the time of his life in this IPL. With 16 wickets at an economy of 7.7, the ability to Harbhajan tight bowl in the middle overs proves to be an asset. In fact, it was his two wickets Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni consecutive Chennai Super Kings that put on the mat in the first qualifying match and they will be aware that he may withdraw a repetition. On the other hand, R Ashwin roared back to form with figures of 4-0-13-1 against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Its variations and accuracy were exposed and if he can replicate against the Mumbai Indians and bowling depth increases “Chennai Super Kings.