The grand final of the IPL with Mumbai Indians (MI) taking on the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) as both sides have won the title on three occasions each, while one will lift the trophy for the fourth time later tonight.
I'll stick my neck out here and go with Mumbai Indians to win the tournament. MI seems like the most balanced outfit with a formidable batting lineup comprising of Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, the Pandya brothers, and Kieron Pollard.
It will be a good batting surface at Hyderabad so we can expect some runs in the game. The bowling attack looks lethal as well with Jasprit Bumrah and Lasith Malinga leading the pace attack, while Rahul Chahar and Krunal Pandya's spin has often been a worry for the opposition batsmen.
CSK on the other hand still have a wobbly top order with Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis luckily surviving that run out of the first over against the Delhi Capitals (DC). Multiple things happened against Delhi because of which they weren't able to make the most of the opportunities.
But if Mumbai does get such chances as Delhi did then they'll make sure to pounce on it as they've "been there and done that."
Chennai is a bit of a mercurial side with the legendary MS Dhoni leading them from the front. But with Mumbai beating Chennai thrice this season with two wins being registered at CSK's den itslef, then one has to put their money on MI with the psychological edge that they have in their locker against the yellow army.
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