We find out who the Mumbai Indians will face in the Indian Premier League final on Friday when the Chennai Super Kings take on the Delhi Capitals for the right to compete for the title on Sunday as the second qualifier takes place in Visag.
We’ve already seen both sides in this play-off campaign. The Capitals won to make it into this stage while the Super Kings messed up their first chance of making the final and will be looking to take advantage of a second opportunity.
Chennai Super Kings
The fear that most had about the Chennai Super Kings came to fruition in the first qualifier. They could not put up enough runs to contain a powerful Mumbai batting line up and in truth although they took a couple of early wickets, at no stage were they really in the encounter. They are going to need their best performance of the season if they are going to come through here – that is with bat and ball.
The Chennai top order really needs to get firing again. The match was as good as over before the end of the first powerplay against Mumbai and with this being knockout cricket it goes without saying that they can’t afford that to happen again. The big concern is that Chennai might have peaked in the first half of the season but if their title defence is to extend to the final then they need to find their best again.
The Delhi Capitals have been a breath of fresh air and the way they ruthlessly dismissed the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the first knockout match of these play-offs was good to see. It showed a maturity and a confidence that despite the pressurised situation they can still perform to their best and still play with the freedom which many have enjoyed about them throughout the campaign.
If we are being critical there is a concern about their death bowling without Kagiso Rabada around but they more than make up for that with the power that they have with the bat. That power mixed in with some clever cricket can make them a dangerous force. It might also be an advantage to Delhi that they have already played in these conditions.
Harbhajan Singh has generally not played away from home this season but with Delhi having a plethora of left handers it could be that he gets a game here. If he does then it is unlikely that Chennai will makes changes.
It wouldn’t be a complete surprise to see Colin Munro exit the Delhi Capitals side. His selfishness almost cost his team in the last game and Ricky Ponting won’t have liked that. Colin Ingram can easily replace him.
I think the Delhi Capitals are decent value to win this match but there is no ignoring the play-off credentials of the Chennai Super Kings even if they did make a mess of the opening match on home soil. They should in theory flourish a little more in these better conditions so I expect to see a better performance from the defending champions. I’ve been keen on Delhi all season and that hasn’t changed but I respect Chennai enough to let my outright ride rather than getting on Delhi again here.
With that in mind, I’ll head for the sixes market where the 12.5 line looks a touch on the low side to me. There were way more than that in the first game on this ground and with Delhi being a bit hitting team and Chennai having a couple of biffers in their side as well I see no reason why the sixes won’t flow here. Both teams are weak at the death if the opponent has wickets in hand so I like the over here.
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