Kolkata, May 25 (): In the final match of the sixth season of the Pepsi Indian Premier League 2013, Chennai Super Kings meet Mumbai Indians on Sunday, May 26 at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians played the first play-off on May 21, which is named as the Qualifier 1. Chennai Super Kings won the match and have directly entered the final.
In the Qualifier 2 match, Mumbai Indians met Rajasthan Royals, winner of second play-off match called Eliminator match, at Eden Gardens on May 24.
By winning the second qualifier match, Mumbai Indians made it to the final of Pepsi IPL-VI with a four-wicket victory over a brave Rajasthan Royals.
Three years back, in IPL season 3, Chennai and Mumbai were fighting for the title. The Mahendra Singh Dhoni led Chennai team beat Mumbai team by 22 runs to bag their first IPL title.
All through the sixth season of IPL, Mumbai Indians have been blowing hot and cold. By finishing second in the league matches, they were humbled by Chennai in the first playoff before stuttering past Royals in the second to seal the final berth.
Both the batting and bowling line ups are strong enough. The middle order comprising skipper Rohit Sharma (536 runs) and keeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik (489) looks firm. The big hitter Kieron Pollard has the ability to turn a match on its head in a short span.
On bowling side, Mitchell Johnson (22 scalps) and Lasith Malinga (18) along with an equally charming spin duo in Harbhajan Singh (22) and Pragyan Ojha (15) really goes lot of confidence.
Team Mumbai Indians: Ricky Ponting (Capt), Abu Nechim Ahmed, Akshar Patel, Aditya Tare, Aiden Blizzard, Ambati Rayudu, Amitoze Singh, Dhawal Kulkarni, Dinesh Karthik, Dwayne Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Harbhajan Singh, Jacob Oram, Jalaj Saxena, James Franklin, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, Mitchell Johnson, Munaf Patel, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Phil Hughes, Pawan Suyal, Pragyan Ojha, Rishi Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Sachin Tendulkar, Suryakumar Yadav, Sushant Marathe, Yuzvendra Singh Chahal.
Chennai Super Kings:
Chennai have been more consistent in almost all 16 matches played. The team has orange cap holder Michael Hussey (732 runs) to provide a blistering start, a Suresh Raina (548) to carry the momentum forward and finally the trio of Dhoni, Dwayne Bravo and Ravindra Jadeja to finish things off in style.
The team has also potent bowlers led by all-rounder Dwayne Bravo who with 28 scalps is the joint highest wicket taker this season along with Rajasthan Royals’ James Faulkner.
Bowler Mohit Sharma (19 wickets) has been well supported by lanky South African pacer Chris Morris (14 wickets). The spin twin of Ravichandran Ashwin (15 wickets) and Jadeja (13 wickets) can also be a handful for the opponents, especially on a slow turning Eden track.
Teams Chennai Super Kings: M S Dhoni (C), Akila Dananjaya, Albie Morkel, Srikkanta Anirutha, Ankit Rajpoot, Baba Aparajith, Ben Hilfenhaus, Ben Laughlin, Chris Morris, Dirk Nannes, Dwayne Bravo, Francois du Plessis, Imtiyaz Ahmed, Jason Holder, Michael Hussey, Mohit Sharma, Murali Vijay, Nuwan Kulasekara, R Karthikeyan, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Ronit More, Shadab Jakati, S Badrinath, Suresh Raina, Vijay Shankar and Wridhiman Saha.