IPL 2019: Hyderabad curator promises sporting wicket for the MI vs CSK final
All eyes will be at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket (RGIC) Stadium in Hyderabad where the big clash is set to take place.
Updated - May 11, 2019 11:16 pm
The fans could not have asked for a better finish to this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL). Two of the most successful teams in the history of the league – Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians – will lock horns against each other in a mouth-watering season finale. Both the teams have won three IPL titles so far and the winner of the upcoming game will become the first team to win the tournament four times.
All eyes will be at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket (RGIC) Stadium in Hyderabad where the big clash is set to take place. And ahead of the all-important match, BCCI curator YL Chandrasekhar Rao has promised a sporting wicket that will entertain fans. With both the teams full of pinch-hitters, match-winners and world-class bowlers, one can now expect fireworks when they play against each other in the final game of the season.
“I want to succeed once again and we are working on the wicket and also the ground to meet the best of the standards. It’s going to be a good wicket. We already have two wickets ready and the third one is being readied,” Rao told TOI.
History of IPL final in Hyderabad:
Till date, Hyderabad has hosted the IPL final just once when Mumbai Indians and now-defunct Rising Pune Supergiant had fought it out in 2017. It was a low-scoring thriller with Mumba Indians winning the game by just 1 runs. Batting first, Mumbai had managed just 129 for 8 in the allotted 20 overs. In reply, the Rising Pune Supergiant finished on 128 for 6.
However, one can expect a high-scoring game this year as the venue has already witnessed as many as three games where the home side scored more than 200. The highest score at the venue this year is 231 which Sunrisers Hyderabad scored against Royal Challengers Bangalore. On the other two occasions, the Hyderabad-based outfit scored 201 for five against Rajasthan Royals and 212 for six against Kings XI Punjab.
Meanwhile, this is the fourth time Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians are taking on each other in the final after 2010, 2013 and 2015 season. In three finals between them so far, Chennai have won one while Mumbai have won the previous two.