Date & Time: Sunday, May 12, 19:30 IST
Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad, India
It’s time for the mega-finale of the season, as two of the most successful franchises over the years face off each other for the fourth & final time in this season. Both Mumbai & Chennai haven’t really performed to their full potential yet, even though they find themselves in the final which speaks volumes about the strength these sides possess. But as far as head to head is considered Mumbai holds the edge with 3-0 in this season and 2-1 in the previous finals. If there is one team that doesn’t care about numbers it has to be Chennai, who rely on the experience of its players to get the job done. So it will be fascinating to see who comes on top in the pursuit of winning their fourth IPL title.
Chennai is likely to stick with the same winning combination. Mumbai might bring in McClenaghan in place Jayant Jadav.
The Surface in Hyderabad has produced sporting pitches, where pacers have performed better than spinners so far in this season. On Sunday, we expect the same for the clash of the Titans. Weather-wise there was considerable rain yesterday night and it is cloudy at Hyderabad today. All this means more moisture on the pitch, which could mean an advantage for the pacers and possibly advantage Mumbai.
He is one of the few batsmen from Chennai who has done well against Mumbai bowlers in the past. He has a strike rate of more than 130 against most Mumbai bowlers in the last five encounters. Adding to that his present form makes him a player one must have in all Dream11 fantasy cricket teams, as he scored a couple of half-centuries in the last four matches.
For a team, in which most batsmen enjoy pace on the ball and struggle against spin, Surya is an exception, who thrives against spin. On Sunday the very quality might play a crucial role against Chennai, who bank on their spinners to get the job done. He has a good record against all the Chennai bowlers in recent times and his innings in the Qualifier-1 is an indication of that.
Faf du Plessis
He is known for his big knocks in the knockout matches over the seasons, and the last match is a prime example of that. On Sunday, there is every chance that he will live up to the expectations on him considering his recent form where he scored 191 runs in the last four games. He also had a good outing at this venue earlier in the season against Sunrises. So he is a must-have batsman in Dream11 fantasy cricket teams for today’s IPL match.
He may not have picked as many wickets as he would have liked to in the last three games, but it’s time for him to come up with a match-defining spell in today’s final. His record against Mumbai batsmen might come in handy in that regard as he got the better of Dekock & Pollard once each and he dismissed Ishan Kishan four times in the last five encounters. According to our Dream11 Expert predictions, one cannot miss having him in all the Dream11 fantasy cricket teams, as he is expected to continue his good form.