One Last Hurdle: Mumbai Indians And Chennai Super Kings Clash For IPL Crown

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One last hurdle: Mumbai Indians and
Chennai Super Kings clash for IPL crown
By [/home/search.html?s=&authornamef=Baldurjo+Bhose Baldurjo Bhose]
Published: 01:51 BST, 26 May 2013 | Updated: 01:52 BST, 26 May 2013
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Even as Indian cricket stoops to a new low with every passing day, courtesy the spot-fixing revelations, Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians are set to battle it out in the title clash of the Pepsi Indian Premier League at the Eden Gardens here.

What makes the clash even more interesting is the emotion attached to it.

To start with, while Kolkata Knight Riders had beaten Chennai in their own backyard in the last edition, this is an opportunity for the latter to win the trophy in KKR's home-ground for their third IPL title.

Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma is the team¿s topscorer and would want to replicate his form in the final

Mumbai Indians would hope to avenge the 2010 final defeat to Chennai Super KIngs in IPL

To make matters more interesting, the last time Chennai and Mumbai met in the final, in 2010, the former were the winners.

And the last time the two teams met this season, in Qualifier 1, Chennai had literally drubbed Mumbai.

So for Mumbai players, it will be more than just a final and vengeance will definitely be on their mind.

But to Mumbai's disadvantage all of Mahendra Singh Dhoni's ploys have worked so far.

Be it sticking to Murali Vijay despite the India opener hitting a rough patch, backing Mohit Sharma to rise to the occasion or throwing the ball to Ravindra Jadeja when Dwayne Smith was taking every bowler to the cleaners on Tuesday, every single move of Dhoni has clicked.

Not only that, even the ploy to get Suresh Raina bat at number three has done wonders.

He has not only found an able partner in Michael Hussey, but their dominant display has also ensured that the rest can play without any pressure.
Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is aiming to win his third IPL trophy

In the bowling department too, Dwayne Bravo, Mohit, Jadeja, R Ashwin and Chris Morris have been so impressive, that someone like Albie Morkel has spent most of his time on the bench.

But what that also means is that not every CSK player has had adequate exposure in the middle and that is exactly what Mumbai will look to capitalise on.

Yet, the problem for Mumbai is their tendency to not learn from their mistakes.
While Smith has failed to rise above playing the cameos, Kieron Pollard hasn't fired in crucial matches either.

Even skipper Rohit Sharma and Dinesh Karthik have failed to peak at the business end of the tournament.

But there is no such problem in the bowling department as was shown by Harbhajan Singh against the Royals.

Lasith Malinga also has the ability to destroy any line-up, on his day. However, Sachin Tendulkar is still uncertain after suffering a wrist injury.

With unseasonal rain affecting the City of Joy, both teams couldn't train.. And it could once again be a case of delayed start, or a shortened match, come Sunday.
Dwayne Bravo (left) is currently Chennai Super Kings' highest wicket-taker with 28 scalps