Indian T20 League 2019, Final: Mumbai vs Chennai – Fantain and Dream 11 Fantasy Cricket Tips
Here’s all you need to know for the last game of this year’s T20 extravaganza.
Published - May 11, 2019 8:24 pm | Updated - May 19, 2019 2:01 pm
In what is a mouth-watering end to Indian T20 League 2019, arch-rivals Mumbai and Chennai will take on each other for the fourth time in the finals of the tournament on Sunday in Hyderabad. In the previous three finals, Chennai have won twice and Mumbai once.
This season, the two teams met twice in the group stage and once in the playoffs, with Mumbai beating Chennai in all the three games, two of which were played at the Chepauk, where the home team has an enviable record. Going into the finals, MS Dhoni’s experience and captaincy will play a key role, but confidence will be with Mumbai. Here’s all you need to know for the last game of this year’s T20 extravaganza.
Team News –
Chennai beat Delhi comprehensively in the Qualifier 2 and are likely to go with the same team. With Shane Watson back in form, Dhoni and Faf du Plessis will be relieved of the pressure of scoring the bulk of runs.
Likely playing XI – Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Murali Vijay, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (C & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir
Mumbai, too, are unlikely to make any changes. Given that the Hyderabad pitch is slow, they might want to bring in a spinner in place of a pacer.
Likely playing XI – Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan/Jayant Yadav, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga.
Wicket-keeper – Quinton de Kock, MS Dhoni
Batsmen – Faf du Plessis, Suryakumar Yadav, Shane Watson
All-Rounders – Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja
Bowlers – Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh, Rahul Chahar
Captain and vice-captain options
In a high-octane clash, there is no bet safer than MS Dhoni for the captaincy slot. Having led Chennai to eight finals in 10 seasons, and having had a personal good season this time with the bat, the experienced campaigner will be the biggest impact player in the final.
As for the vice-captain, all-rounder Hardik Pandya, Mumbai’s MVP this season, is a good choice. His confidence of going out all guns blazing in this final has also reflected in his social media posts. Hardik’s form is likely to continue in this game as well.
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Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Head to Head/ Small Leagues:
WicketKeeper – Quinton de Kock
Batsmen – Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis (C)
All-Rounders – Hardik Pandya (VC), Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja
Bowlers – Rahul Chahar, Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir.
Fantasy Tip – Suryakumar Yadav is a good player of spin, which is crucial to Mumbai considering that Chennai’s spin arsenal is very strong. The middle order batsman has played some responsible knocks this season and will again come handy on the relatively slow Hyderabad track.
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Grand/ Mega Leagues:
WicketKeeper – MS Dhoni
Batsmen – Rohit Sharma, Shane Watson (C), Faf du Plessis
All-Rounders – Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya (VC), Dwayne Bravo
Bowlers – Lasith Malinga, Rahul Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir.
Fantasy Tip – Faf du Plessis, along with Dhoni, has been the most consistent batsman for Chennai this season. He has a vast experience of playing in IPL finals and can lead the charge for Chennai with the bat.