Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni will need to summon every ounce of his tactical acumen against a formidable Mumbai Indians side in today’s Indian Premier League final.
The showdown features the tournament’s two most successful franchises.
Three-time champions Mumbai thumped Chennai for the third time this season in Tuesday’s qualifier to storm into the final in Hyderabad, affording themselves a couple of extra days’ rest.
Chennai, however, would not be denied an eighth final in 10 tournaments and will hunt for back-to-back titles.
To reach the final, Dhoni’s side outplayed a young Delhi Capitals led by Shreyas Iyer in Friday’s second qualifier to run into a rampaging Mumbai team led by Rohit Sharma.
Rohit headlines a top order that includes in-form Quinton de Kock. They have arguably the best death-overs exponents in Jaspreet Bumrah and Lasith Malinga, while boasting an explosive all-rounder in Hardik Pandya.
Chennai opener Shane Watson said: “Mumbai Indians have a great team, no question, not too many holes in their team.
“It’s going to be a great challenge.”
IPL prize money
The winner between MI and CSK will collect a staggering £2,188,651, while the runner up earns £1,367,906.
The MVP for the tournament, the Purple Cap winner (leading wicket-taker), Orange Cap winner (leading run scorer) all receive £10,943.
There also awards for Perfect Catch of the Season, Stylish Player of the season, GameChanger of the season and Emerging Player of the Season who all get £10,943.
IPL previous winners
2008 – Rajasthan Royals
2009 – Deccan Chargers
2010 – Chennai Super Kings
2011 – Chennai Super Kings
2012 – Kolktata Knight Riders
2013 – Mumbai Indians
2014 – Kolkata Knight Riders
2015 – Mumbai Indians
2016 – Sunrisers Hyderabad
2017 – Mumbai Indians
2018 – Chennai Super Kings
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