IPL 2019, Final – MI vs CSK: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update
Shane Watson and Pollard could be the match-winners for their respective teams on the day.
Updated - May 11, 2019 5:09 pm
Eight teams fought neck and neck in 59 matches over the last month or so and deservedly, the Mumbai Indians (MI) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) are playing the final in Hyderabad. Both the teams topped the points table after the league stage and will be playing against each other in the final for the fourth time in 12 seasons. Fittingly, the three-time champions are facing off and if this season is concerned, MI lead the rivalry 3-0 and have completely dominated this El-Classico.
Having said that, CSK are the defending champions and are playing their eighth IPL final and have more experience in their line-up. On the other hand, Mumbai possesses a perfect blend of youth and experience and each player can turn the game on its head on any given day.
If the team combinations are considered, the Rohit Sharma-led side might ponder over bringing in Mitchell McClenaghan for Jayant Yadav who came into the equation as Chepauk surface was a turner. If the Hyderabad pitch is slow, then only the off-spinner gets another chance else he is likely to make way for the Kiwi pacer. The Men in Yellow are struggling with the sixth bowling option. Shardul Thakur bowled only a solitary over the other day and conceded 13 runs. Mohit Sharma might come in for him if MS Dhoni wants more control with the ball.
The Final of the IPL between MI and CSK will be hosted by the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.
The match starts at 07:30 PM local time (14:00 GMT).
The game will be live on Star Sports in India. (Live streaming on Hotstar).
The weather in Hyderabad will cool down in the evening and the temperature will hover around 30-32 degrees Celsius. There is no chance of rain ruining the encounter whatsoever. Dew is expected to play its role.
Last five completed T20 matches: (Most recent- first)
Mumbai Indians – W, W, W, L, W
Chennai Super Kings – W, L, L, W, L
The Hyderabad surface was slow for the latter half of SRH’s home matches. However, with this encounter being the final, the curator might dish out a flat track and produce a high-scoring game.
Average first innings score – 175 (Last seven matches at the venue)
Record of the chasing teams: Won – 3; Lost – 4
Probable 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.
Bench: Yuvraj Singh, Siddhesh Lad, Ben Cutting, Evin Lewis, Anmolpreet Singh, Pankaj Jaiswal, Aditya Tare, Anukul Roy, Jayant Yadav/Mitchell McClenaghan, Rasikh Salam, Beuran Hendricks, Barinder Sran.
Chennai Super Kings
Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (C & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Shardul Thakur/Mohit Sharma.
Bench: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Dhruv Shorey, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Scott Kuggelejin, Mitchell Santner, Monu Kumar, Narayan Jagadeesan, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur/Mohit Sharma, KM Asif.
Kedar Jadhav has been ruled out of the tournament.
Lasith Malinga vs CSK:
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav
Vice-Captain Options: Quinton de Kock, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya
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.
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.
Shane Watson is a big match player and he could be dangerous on the final day.
Kieron Pollard can be picked as he thrives in such matches and loves to perform.
MI has a 3-0 lead over CSK this season and they are the favourites. But the defending champions won’t make it easy for them.