We are just moments away from the beginning of yet another El Classico in Vivo IPL 12 when three-time champions Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings lock horns in the final of the tournament slated to be played at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.
After an intriguing battle between the 8 participating teams, we have finally reached the day of the much-awaited final. For the 4th time, it will be a Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings in the IPL final.
There is certainly no doubt about the fact that Mumbai Indians will have a clear edge over Chennai Super Kings after defeating them on all 3 occasions in the tournament before. Over the years, Mumbai Indians has been the only team having a clear edge over Chennai Super Kings with a superior record against them.
If you look at this particular tournament, MI has been the better team among the two. However, CSK has the habit of winning big matches. Hence it will be a mouth-watering clash on our hands.
Both the teams have some exciting players in their ranks who can make a huge difference on their day.
Who Won the toss?
The toss was won by Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma and they chose to bat first.
Here is what the two captains said at the toss:
Going to bat first. Good pitch, there might be some help first for the spinners and fast bowlers, but we are prepared. We have been on the road for a while. A lot of guys have an off-day, many came out for training. A few days off have done us some good. We have one change: Mitch McClenaghan comes in for Jayant Yadav.
We were looking to bowl first. If the result is in your favour, then it’s fine, otherwise, they’ll say the guys are fatigued.
Let us have a look at the Playing XI’s
Rohit Sharma(c), Quinton de Kock(w), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Rahul Chahar, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga
Chennai Super Kings:
Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w/c), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir