IPL 2013 Final: Mumbai vs Chennai

IPL 2013: Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians

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Embroiled in the spot-fixing scam, becoming champions for a third time would be a daunting task for the Chennai Super Kings when they take on the formidable Mumbai Indians in the summit clash of the scandal-marred Indian Premier League, here on Sunday.

The arrest of its management official M Gurunath, who is the son-in-law of the team owner and BCCI President N Srinivasan, on the suspicion of betting would have surely dented the morale of the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side.

It will be a huge challenge for the players and their skipper to cope up with the situation and play their natural game against a team, which is keen to win that elusive trophy.

Chennai have been a part of four consecutive, five overall, finals but it is the best chance for Mumbai to take a good shot at the title, avenge their 2010 final defeat.

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It is one trophy that is missing from the cabinet of the milestone man of Indian cricket. He had a heartbreak as Mumbai Indians captain in 2010 when the team lost to MS Dhoni‘s men by 22 runs.

CSK vs MI

It was CSK‘s first IPL title and since then MS Dhoni‘s team has grown in stature.

On paper, it’s a battle of equals with both Chennai and Mumbai boasting explosive Twenty20 specialists in Michael Hussey, Dwayne Smith, Ravindra Jadeja and Kieron Pollard.

Both teams have a penetrating pace attack with Albie Morkel and season’s find Mohit Sharma doing a tidy job for Chennai, while Mitchell Johnson, Lasith Malinga and Kieron Pollard make a terrific trio in the Mumbai ranks.

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In conditions where spin-bowling could prove to be a decisive factor, Chennai have a star-studded line-up in Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja but Mumbai can match them with the experienced duo of Harbhajan Singh and Pragyan Ojha.

The return to form of Harbhajan Singh (3/23), who had a man-of-the-match performance against the Rajasthan Royals last night, would augur well for Mumbai even as they face injury concerns with regards to Ojha who has hurt his elbow.

  • That Eden is a happy hunting ground for Mumbai (five wins from six outings) would certainly give Rohit Sharma‘s team an edge.
  • Dwayne Smith’s red-hot form would be another advantage as Mumbai would hope the West Indian would fire again and steer the side without gifting his wicket away.
  • Smith’s 44-ball 62 (second successive half-century) was once again the highlight of the last night’s second qualifier before Mumbai.
  • Incidentally, Sharma was part of the triumphant Deccan Chargers in 2009 and it would be a second IPL final for the Mumbai skipper. The only issue he would have to address is the team’s tendency to choke in the middle.
  • It has been a frustrating month for Sharma as the batsman has not been able to convert his starts with his last half-century (79 unbeaten) coming against Kings XI Punjab way back on April 29.
  • Sharma’s woeful form with the bat continued in the last match as well when his middle stump was rattled by Siddharth Trivedi.
  • Mumbai would hope that the skipper get into the act especially on the stage that matters the most.

Chennai is a team full of stars with Orange Cap holder Micheal Hussey leading the run charts with 732 runs (@56.30) as ‘Mr Cricket‘ would look to contribute again along with another MS Dhoni‘s trusted lieutenant Suresh Raina who has 548 runs (45.66) including an unbeaten 100.

In bowling, Dwayne Bravo has been MS Dhoni‘s go to man with 28 wickets. MS Dhoni will also look up to the young Mohit who has impressed with 19 scalps from 17 matches.

But it’s the duo of Ashwin and Jadeja who will be encouraged by the Eden conditions as they would look to get maximum out of the spin-friendly Eden conditions.

Teams From

Chennai Super Kings

MS Dhoni (C), Michael Hussey, Murali Vijay, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Subramaniam Badrinath, Dwayne Bravo, Albie Morkel, Chris Morris, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohit Sharma, Akila Dananjaya, Faf du Plessis, Ben Hilfenhaus, Jason Holder, Nuwan Kulasekara, Ben Laughlin, Dirk Nannes, Anirudha Srikkanth, Baba Aparajith, Imtiaz Ahmed, Shadab Jakati, R Karthikeyan, Ronit More, Ankit Rajpoot, Wriddhiman Saha and Vijay Shankar.

Mumbai Indians

Rohit Sharma (C), Dwayne Smith, Aditya Tare, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Kieron Pollard, Ambatti Rayudu, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Johnson, Lasith Malinga, Pragyan Ojha, Rishi Dhawan, Ricky Ponting, Glenn Maxwell, Jacob Oram, Sachin Tendulkar, Abu Nechim, Amitoze Singh, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Munaf Patel, Javed Khan, Sushant Marathe, Akshar Patel, Jalaj Saxena, Pawan Suyal and Suryakumar Yadav.

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Comments

  1. Ambati Rayudu says

    It’s Mumbai vs Chennai!!!

    The match started a little over an hour late due to rain, but Mumbai Indians made the most of a second bite at the cherry, overcoming a serious late-innings meltdown to earn a shot at Chennai Super Kings in the final of Pepsi IPL 2013.
    In a fascinating contest of ebbing fortunes, Mumbai managed, just about, to overcome a stirring challenge from Rahul Dravid’s brave Rajasthan Royals, squeaking home by four wickets with one delivery to spare in Qualifier 2 at the Eden Gardens on Friday night.
    Harbhajan Singh, who had played a part in each of the first five dismissals when Rajasthan had opted to bat first, smashed Shane Watson over cover for the winning runs as Mumbai finished on 169 for 6 in 19.5 overs in response to Rajasthan’s 165 for 6, courtesy a late charge by Dishant Yagnik and a forgettable day in office for Lasith Malinga.
    With their two lead spinners unavailable, there was a touch of sameness to the Rajasthan attack. Mumbai were running away with it when Kevon Cooper produced the breakthrough, forcing Aditya Tare to chip a slower one to long-on. Dinesh Karthik batted like a dream while Smith alternated between silken touch and brute power, their partnership of 55 in just 30 deliveries taking Mumbai to within 41 of victory with 35 deliveries left.
    If there is one characteristic Rajasthan have portrayed this season, it has been a never-say-die attitude. Most teams would have given up the goat at 125 for 2, but Rajasthan kept plugging away. Sensing nerves in the Mumbai camp, they ate into the middle order. Mumbai lost 4 for 16 in 21 deliveries including Smith for an excellent 62, and the match was in the balance, 25 needed off 15 and the big hitters all gone.
    Brad Hodge put Ambati Rayudu down with 15 needed in nine deliveries, and the game turned there. Rayudu was bowled in the last over with six required, but Mumbai scraped over the line.
    The Rajasthan innings saw Dravid as the early aggressor, as he picked Mitchell Johnson off for three fours in his first two overs.
    Rajasthan were poised to kick on at 44 without loss but the introduction of Harbhajan put a spoke in their wheels. The offspinner bowled Rahane round his legs, then elicited a top edge from Watson that was neatly pouched by Rohit Sharma.
    In the next over, Sanju Samson was completely foxed by a slower one from Malinga for Harbhajan to take another very good catch off a steepling skier.
    Dravid was forced to keep aggression in check, but Stuart Binny more than made up for it as he took a liking to Pragyan Ojha.
    But it was Harbhajan yet again who came in to evict Dravid, Rohit taking a diving catch at mid-wicket. Binny and Cooper fell in the space of three deliveries to Kieron Pollard, and at 108 for 6 in the 16th over, Rajasthan appeared to have sold themselves short.
    Yagnik, though, had other ideas. He targeted Malinga before ruining Rishi Dhawan’s figures with a sustained onslaught. Mumbai completely went to pieces as the last three overs yielded 46 and the last from Malinga leaked 18, including a beamer that landed nearly 15 yards wide of the match pitch

  2. Faf du Plessis says

    CSK soar on Hussey’s wings!!!

    In a line-up filled with batsmen seemingly built for Twenty20 cricket, Michael Hussey has proved the most important cog!

    Most of the best Twenty20 batsmen are all about big shots and flamboyance. Chris Gayle’s innings are likely to be remembered for brutal hits onto the roof, MS Dhoni for helicopter shots, Shane Watson for ultra-effective slog sweeps that send the ball sailing over midwicket and AB de Villiers for sheer mind-boggling innovation.

    This season’s highest run-getter, however, has been Michael Hussey, who manages to combine consistency and efficiency with an almost anonymous brand of batting.

    Despite 700-plus runs this season, perhaps the batting sequence that will be most recalled and Youtubed will be the three successive reprieves he had from Kieron Pollard at point. Just as in his international career, Hussey continues to collect his runs unobtrusively, with protractor placement and without the flash that marks most game-changing Twenty20 innings.

    It helps that Chennai Super Kings have the batting firepower that is the envy of the league. Suresh Raina has been the most consistent batsman over six seasons of the IPL and is yet to miss a match. Dhoni is widely acknowledged as one of the best finishers in the game. M Vijay has repeatedly shown his ability to play decisive innings in the playoffs, while Albie Morkel and Dwayne Bravo can hit the ball as long as anyone in the tournament.

    That stockpile means Hussey isn’t under pressure to come out all-guns blazing, and can take a few overs to assess the conditions. His role has been to provide stability at the top before the power-hitters take over in the second half. The Super Kings’ winning mantra of scoring 60 in the first half of the innings before pillaging more than a 100 in the final ten has been perfected based on Hussey’s all-surface batting.

    Versatility has long been a hallmark of Hussey’s batting. He effortlessly slotted in the Australia middle order after many years in the domestic circuit as an opener, and adeptly switched gears when called upon as a finisher in limited overs. That flexibility has been in abundant display this IPL season as well.

    When he has had to set up a target, as in the playoff match against Mumbai Indians, he does the early groundwork before joining in the run spree later on. But when confronted with a big chase, as against Rajasthan Royals, he has turned to a more expansive game, dishing out boundaries from the start.

    The fluid game has been complemented with a staggering consistency, a rare quality in the Twenty20 format. In nine of his 16 innings this season he has reached 40 at least nine times, and has only three single-digit scores.

    The sustained run stems from a deep knowledge of his game, and a range of strokes that makes it impossible to stop him from scoring. Plenty of his early boundaries come through punches through point or cover, and when the time comes for the big hits, his trusted shot is the shovel to the leg side, which nets him sixes in the arc from long-on to midwicket. While he relies on the orthodox most times, he can pull out the reverse-sweep when needed or innovate by moving across the stumps and tucking the ball past short fine as he did repeatedly against Lasith Malinga.

    The barrage of runs has meant that Faf du Plessis, South Africa’s Twenty20 captain and a man who has grown rapidly in stature since his successful stint with Super Kings last year, has been confined to the bench all season even after regaining full fitness.

    This is only the second time that Hussey has been available for the entire season, with his Australia commitments keeping him away on several occasions. He was around for the 2011 season, when again he was again the highest run-getter for Super Kings and topped off the season with a 159-run stand with Vijay that virtually guaranteed a second straight IPL title. He will seek a similar finish this time as well.

  3. Gana says

    IPL 2013 Preview: Huge challenge before Chennai Super Kings to overcome controversy and Mumbai Indians in the final

  4. Meiyappan says

    In spite of all the controversy surrounding the links of Gurunath Meiyappan to betting and also the name of BCCI president N Srinivasan being drawn into the scandal, the final of the 2013 edition of the Indian Premier League will go ahead as planned on Sunday at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians.

  5. Rohit says

    Embroiled in the spot-fixing scam, becoming champions for a third time would be a daunting task for the Chennai Super Kings when they take on the formidable Mumbai Indians in the summit clash of the scandal-marred Indian Premier League, here on Sunday.

    The arrest of its management official M Gurunath, who is the son-in-law of the team owner and BCCI President N Srinivasan, on the suspicion of betting would have surely dented the morale of the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side.

    It will be a huge challenge for the players and their skipper to cope up with the situation and play their natural game against a team, which is keen to win that elusive trophy.

    Chennai have been a part of four consecutive, five overall, finals but it is the best chance for Mumbai to take a good shot at the title, avenge their 2010 final defeat.

    It is one trophy that is missing from the cabinet of the milestone man of Indian cricket. He had a heartbreak as Mumbai Indians captain in 2010 when the team lost to Dhoni’s men by 22 runs.

    It was CSK’s first IPL title and since then Dhoni’s team has grown in stature.

    On paper, it’s a battle of equals with both Chennai and Mumbai boasting explosive Twenty20 specialists in Michael Hussey, Dwayne Smith, Ravindra Jadeja and Kieron Pollard.

    Both teams have a penetrating pace attack with Albie Morkel and season’s find Mohit Sharma doing a tidy job for Chennai, while Mitchell Johnson, Lasith Malinga and Pollard make a terrific trio in the Mumbai ranks.

    In conditions where spin-bowling could prove to be a decisive factor, Chennai have a star-studded line-up in Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja but Mumbai can match them with the experienced duo of Harbhajan Singh and Pragyan Ojha.

    The return to form of Harbhajan (3/23), who had a man-of-the-match performance against the Rajasthan Royals last night, would augur well for Mumbai even as they face injury concerns with regards to Ojha who has hurt his elbow.

    That Eden is a happy hunting ground for Mumbai (five wins from six outings) would certainly give Rohit Sharma’s team an edge.

    Dwayne Smith’s red-hot form would be another advantage as Mumbai would hope the West Indian would fire again and steer the side without gifting his wicket away.

    Smith’s 44-ball 62 (second successive half-century) was once again the highlight of the last night’s second qualifier before Mumbai.

    Incidentally, Sharma was part of the triumphant Deccan Chargers in 2009 and it would be a second IPL final for the Mumbai skipper. The only issue he would have to address is the team’s tendency to choke in the middle.

    It has been a frustrating month for Sharma as the batsman has not been able to convert his starts with his last half-century (79 unbeaten) coming against Kings XI Punjab way back on April 29.

    Sharma’s woeful form with the bat continued in the last match as well when his middle stump was rattled by Siddharth Trivedi.

    Mumbai would hope that the skipper get into the act especially on the stage that matters the most.

    Chennai is a team full of stars with Orange Cap holder Micheal Hussey leading the run charts with 732 runs (@56.30) as ‘Mr Cricket’ would look to contribute again along with another Dhoni’s trusted lieutenant Suresh Raina who has 548 runs (45.66) including an unbeaten 100.

    In bowling, Dwayne Bravo has been MS Dhoni’s go to man with 28 wickets. Dhoni will also look up to the young Mohit who has impressed with 19 scalps from 17 matches.

    But it’s the duo of Ashwin and Jadeja who will be encouraged by the Eden conditions as they would look to get maximum out of the spin-friendly Eden conditions.

  6. Leena Sidharthan says

    Mumbai Winning. Isn’t that what everyone, including the media wants. For people of Chennai it’s not about India Cements or what the owners have done. Its about a very committed & endearing team that has given us tons of joy with consistent performances and camaraderie. Its sad that the CSK players are hounded by various media about whatever is happening outside the field. Just have the feeling that the Men in Yellow will give it their all in the finals. Win or Lose – its their never give up attitude that matters to us fans. Just got to have the faith and give their best on field – that’s what CSK stands for and that’s what makes us all die-hard fans of the Chennai Superkings.

  7. TRP ratings says

    The final match will be played. All the news of scrapping the match is only media creation to improve their TRP ratings. Did they not know that to disqualify a team, there is a procedure laid out in the BCCI constitution which need to be followed. Media is great where they create news and not report news. Even otherwise also the match will go on because lot of money is involved and heavy betting is there on this match. For BCCI money is more important than anything else and IPL has proved that cricket will take back seat and other commercial elements would prevail all the times.

  8. Imran Khan says

    A) If there is any credibility left in cricket, MSD and the 2 teams (MI & CSK) should refuse to play the final match till all is cleaned-up in IPL and BCCI. If Imran Khan could do this in Pakistan, why not MSD?
    B) All we viewers (cricket lovers) are fools to watch the daily drama of fixers and punters. I don’t think the people of Kolkata will go to Eden Gardens to watch the final drama of IPL.
    C) Why is the ICC not banning BCCI like what happened to our beloved olympic association recently because of callous administration?

  9. Ashwariya Sivanesan says

    IPL 6 has proved to a very controversial tournament and that would be an understatement. Since The arrest of Mr.Vindoo Dara Singh, who spilled the beans on most other activities and the involvement of Mr.Gurunath in betting/fixing, the Owner & Team principal of Team CSK, till yesterday and “Nothing to do with Team CSK” since his imminent arrest for questioning today, it has been established beyond any reasonable doubt about the involvement of Mr.Gurunath in activities which cannot be termed correct, legal, moral or ethical considering his active involvement with the cricket activities of Team CSK. Though he and Mr.Srinivasan, the BCCI chief can hide behind technicalities and claim that certain activities were indulged in unknowingly and or the other was unaware of the actions of the other and hence the action of one cannot reflect on the other, that can only hold good in a court of law where the laws are weak, people corrupt and accountability nil and can in all probability get away with a legal clean chit asserting their “honesty” and pompously declare that they have full fail in the judiciary of the country and the law will take its own course and they will come out clean with their actions vindicated.

    That is not what I want to discuss here. All and sundry are shouting from wherever about Mr.Gurunath and Mr.Srinivasan and raising question about propriety and resignations and the scrapping of team CSK.

    What is important to note that the Captain of the CSK, Mr.M.S.Dhoni has not uttered a single word anywhere.
    Mr.Dhoni must remember that he is not only the Captain of Team CSK, but also Captain of the Indian Cricket Team. He cannot afford to be silent just because he is an employee of Team CSK. When it has been proved that the Management and owner of Team CSK, Mr.Gurunath has indulged in betting which is illegal in India and probably fixing too, with established links to bookies and other unsavoury anti-social elements that corrupt the game of cricket and destroy it, he still maintains his silence. Why?

    He is the Captain of the Indian Cricket team first and then captain or contracted player of other teams later. His first duty is towards the nation and the cricket fans, not towards his private franchisee or club. He should come out and state that as his franchisee’s owner/manager/whatever has been under a cloud and is/are being probed for illegal activates connected with the game of cricket, it would not be correct for him to captain/represent such a franchisee anymore till the matters are resolved and hence he is stepping down from representing the team CSK whose principals are under investigation for such activities which sully the game of cricket and tarnish the reputation of all involved.

    What we are seeing is a scenario where the player’s present and past, no matter how big or powerful are keeping very silent on the issue instead of speaking out and very clearly are scared to speak out against the franchisee’s, the management, IPl or the BCCI. This is a very clear case of putting a private franchisee above the interest of the National Cricket Team, else why is Mr.Dhoni representing a very tained team with a dubious owner with established illegal activities directly detrimental to the interests of cricket?
    Why is he willing to play the finals of IPL-6?
    Why is he willing to captain a team whose owner is under arrest and investigation for betting & fixing?
    Is keeping the interest of a private franchisee above the interest of National cricket and the fans the correct thing for the captain of a national team?

    We, the cricket fans need answers from you Mr.Dhoni, not silence. Will you represent and Captain team CSK tomorrow in the IPL-6 final’s?

    We also need the media to take up this issue with Mr.Mahendra Singh Dhoni and ask him whose interests is he putting first? His Own, His Franchisees or the Country & the cricket fans who literally sell their blood to watch cricket and make the Cricketer’s gods and the administrators/BCCI so powerful & rich?

  10. Pragyan says

    IPL 6, 2013 May 26 Final match preview : Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians!

    In the final match of the sixth season of the Pepsi Indian Premier League 2013, Chennai Super Kings meet Mumbai Indians on Sunday, May 26 at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.

    Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians played the first play-off on May 21, which is named as the Qualifier 1. Chennai Super Kings won the match and have directly entered the final.

    In the Qualifier 2 match, Mumbai Indians met Rajasthan Royals, winner of second play-off match called Eliminator match, at Eden Gardens on May 24.

    By winning the second qualifier match, Mumbai Indians made it to the final of Pepsi IPL-VI with a four-wicket victory over a brave Rajasthan Royals.

    Three years back, in IPL season 3, Chennai and Mumbai were fighting for the title. The Mahendra Singh Dhoni led Chennai team beat Mumbai team by 22 runs to bag their first IPL title.

    Mumbai Indians:

    All through the sixth season of IPL, Mumbai Indians have been blowing hot and cold. By finishing second in the league matches, they were humbled by Chennai in the first playoff before stuttering past Royals in the second to seal the final berth.

    Both the batting and bowling line ups are strong enough. The middle order comprising skipper Rohit Sharma (536 runs) and keeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik (489) looks firm. The big hitter Kieron Pollard has the ability to turn a match on its head in a short span.

    On bowling side, Mitchell Johnson (22 scalps) and Lasith Malinga (18) along with an equally charming spin duo in Harbhajan Singh (22) and Pragyan Ojha (15) really goes lot of confidence.

    Chennai Super Kings:

    Chennai have been more consistent in almost all 16 matches played. The team has orange cap holder Michael Hussey (732 runs) to provide a blistering start, a Suresh Raina (548) to carry the momentum forward and finally the trio of Dhoni, Dwayne Bravo and Ravindra Jadeja to finish things off in style.

    The team has also potent bowlers led by all-rounder Dwayne Bravo who with 28 scalps is the joint highest wicket taker this season along with Rajasthan Royals’ James Faulkner.

    Bowler Mohit Sharma (19 wickets) has been well supported by lanky South African pacer Chris Morris (14 wickets). The spin twin of Ravichandran Ashwin (15 wickets) and Jadeja (13 wickets) can also be a handful for the opponents, especially on a slow turning Eden track.

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