IPL 8 Final: Will it be a doosra for Mumbai Indians or teesra for Chennai Super Kings?

first_imgAfter a gruelling 56 league games and three scintillating playoff ties, the eighth edition of the highly-decorated Indian Premier League (IPL) found its finalists in Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Mumbai Indians (MI). The two heavyweights, vying for the coveted prize, will lock horns at the Eden Gardens in what appears to be deja vu of the 2013 finale.The two most successful teams (most wins) in the history of IPL, both Chennai and Mumbai will be eager to add more silverware to their trophy cabinet with a triumphant end to their campaign. On one hand where Mumbai will be eyeing their second title, their counterparts Chennai will fancy the chance to become the only team to have won the tournament on a record three occasions.However, the two T20 giants have pushed boundaries and unravelled newer dimensions of the tournament in their contrasting journey to the all-important final.Bolstered with Indian batting sensation Rohit Sharma alongside an array of international stars, no one would have anticipated a disastrous start for Mumbai ahead of the season. And to everyone’s surprise, the Blues suffered four consecutive losses only to find themselves at the bottom of the league table.But just when things were looking bleak for the Rohit Sharma-led side, Mumbai bounced back with much-needed flair and perfect team balance to register eight wins in their last nine games to secure their berth in the final.MS Dhoni-led Chennai, on the other hand, have been their usual self with a convincing 18 points out of 14 league games ensuring the yellow brigade finished on top. However, the two-time champions were brought to the ground in Qualifier 1 following their 25-run loss to Mumbai.advertisementTheir three-wicket win against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Qualifier 2 was far from convincing and ‘The Invincibles” suddenly looked vulnerable. The MSD brigade has paid dearly in the absence of New Zealand hot-shot Brendon McCullum and the poor form of Suresh Raina has now become the talk of the town.But if Chennai have struggled in their batting of late, the team has only thrived in their bowling department. Out of the three leading wicket-takers in the tournament, Chennai boast two in Dwayne Bravo (24) and Ashish Nehra (22). The 36-year-old Nehra also registered a spell of 4/10 – the best bowling figures in IPL this season.The Chennai bowlers will face a stern test against the strong and consistent batting line-up of Mumbai. The opening pair of Parthiv Patel and Lendl Simmons has been pivotal in Mumbai’s turnaround this season. And Kieron Pollard’s brutal hitting has been a nightmare for the opposition bowlers this season.Mumbai Indians also hold an edge over Chennai with 11 wins out of 21 matches in IPL history and the fact that Rohit Sharma’s men defeated the Dhoni brigade twice this year only makes their case stronger. Going in today’s final at Eden Gardens, Chennai will also have bitter memories of the 2013 final when they lost the title to Mumbai at the very same ground.It will, undoubtedly, be a battle between Chennai’s bowling and Mumbai’s batting that could very well decide the winner today. And while perennial favourites Chennai hold the experience of performing on the big stage, they will be equally wary of Mumbai’s red-hot form and consistency that has made them a force to be reckoned with.last_img