Kolkata: In what could be deja vu from 2013, Eden Gardens will again host Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Mumbai Indians (MI), who will lock horns for the most coveted domestic prize, the Indian Premier League (IPL) title in Kolkata on Sunday.
Rohit Sharma and M.S Dhoni. Pic/PTI
Here's all you need to know about MI and CSK
Mumbai Indians – Rohit Sharma
Chennai Super Kings – Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Mumbai Indians – Ricky Ponting (Head coach)
Chennai Super Kings – Stephen Fleming
Mumbai Indians – Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Chennai Super Kings - M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings
Mumbai Indians – 12 matches
Chennai Super Kings - 11 matches
Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings teams. Pic/ PTI
Highest run scorer in IPL 8:
Mumbai Indians – Lendl Simmons (472 runs)
Chennai Super Kings – Brendon McCullum (436 runs)
Lendl Simmons and Brendon McCullum. Pic/PTI
Highest wicket taker in IPL 8:
Mumbai Indians – Lasith Malinga (22 wickets)
Chennai Super Kings – Dwayne Bravo (23 wickets)
Cricketers who played for both teams:
Dwayne Bravo: MI 2008-2010, CSK 2011-present
Dwayne Smith: MI 2008, 2012-2013, CSK 2014-present
Michael Hussey: CSK 2008-2013, 2015-present; MI 2014
Ashish Nehra: MI 2008, CSK 2014-present
Thisara Perera: CSK 2010, MI 2012
Parthiv Patel: CSK 2008-2010, MI 2015-present
Chennai Super Kings cricketer Suresh Raina and Mumbai Indians Captain Rohit Sharma during a joint press meet before IPL Final match in Kolkata on Saturday. Pic/PTI
Tweets on MI vs CSK:
Mumbai Indians @mipaltan
All eyes set on this beautiful #PepsiIPL trophy. #ApunKaSuperstar #MI
Keh Ke Peheno @coolfunnytshirt
Talented Captain vs Talented Talent in the finals. #CSKvsMI
Abhishek Singhvi @DrAMSinghvi
Mumbai Indians under the leadership of Ricky Ponting justifiably managed to raised the bar when the stakes were high. #MIvsCSK
How they previously performed in IPL:
Mumbai Indians (MI)
2008 - League stage
2009 - League stage
2010 - Runners-up
2011 - Playoffs
2012 - Playoffs
2013 - Champions
2014 - Playoffs
Chennai Super Kings (CSK)
2008 - Runners-up
2009 - Semifinalists
2010 - Champions
2011 - Champions
2012 - Runners-up
2013 - Runners-up
2014 - Playoffs
Players to watch out for tonight
The West Indian would play a key role in setting the stage for Mumbai sIndians to post a big total. He is expected to provide a steady start at the top and build partnerships.
MI would be hoping the star all-rounder continues his rich form and provide that much-needed zing to his team with the bat and ball.
The way MI skipper marshals his troops to get the best out of his resources would play an important factor, especially when he is up against India’s best skipper MS Dhoni.
He is MI’s most lethal weapon in the bowling department. His good form would play a crucial role in clinching the IPL title.
The off-spinner has roared back to form in style in this IPL. Considering that Eden Gardens has produced slow turners in the IPL-8 so far, Bhajji might play a crucial role tonight.
Chennai Super Kings
The Australian not only has to provide CSK a good start, but also fill the huge void left by in-form New Zealand opener Brendon McCullum, who joined his national team for a Test series in England.
Faf du Plessis
CSK would require the firepower from the South African for one last time tonight.
With Ravindra Jadeja and Suresh Raina not in best of form, the CSK skipper would play a vital role in helping the team cross the finish line.
The left-arm medium pacer has been an able ally to Dwayne Bravo in the bowling department, and Dhoni would expect the same tonight from his frontline pacer.
The off-spinner may not be amongst the top wicket-takers for CSK in this IPL, but Dhoni would expect him maintain his under six-an-over economy rate and tie down MI’s big-hitters.