Mumbai. Indians on Tuesday made it 3 out of 3 wins against Chennai Super Kings when they beat the current champions by 6 wickets at the Chepauk in the first qualifier of the Indian Premier League. The win meant that Mumbai Indians have now gained an entry into the final of IPL 2019 which will be played on May 12. On the other hand, Chennai Super Kings will have to slug it out against the winner from the Eliminator between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Capitals on May 10. This would be MI’s 5th appearance in an IPL final. They have an enviable record in IPL finals as well, having lifted the trophy 3 times while losing just once – to CSK in 2010. Here is an account of how MI have fared in each of their 4 finals:
2010: CSK vs MI, DY Patil Stadium Mumbai-
Riding on man-of-the-match Suresh Raina’s 57 not out, CSK posted a respectable 168/5 batting first. In reply, even though skipper Sachin Tendulkar (48) held up one end, the rest of the batsmen couldn’t provide enough support to the legend, culminating in a 22-run defeat for the Blue Brigade.
2. 2013: CSK vs MI, Eden Gardens Kolkata
Man-of-the-match Kieron Pollard (60) almost single-handedly took MI to 148/9 after compatriot Dwayne Bravo had rocked the Mumbai innings with 4 wickets. But MI survived a late onslaught from MS Dhoni (63*) to win by 23 runs – almost an identical margin as the 2010 final.
- 2015: CSK vs MI, Eden Gardens Kolkata
Mumbai posted a huge total of 202/5 helped by man-of-the-match Rohit Sharma’s whirlwind 50 off 26 balls. The target proved too much for Dhoni’s men as they were able to muster only 161/8 with Mitchell McClenaghan (3/25) being the chief destroyer.
- 2017: MI vs RPS, Rajiv Gandhi Int’l Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad
In arguably the most nerve-wracking of all their IPL finals, MI looked down and out when they posted just 129/8 against Rising Pune Supergiant, who boasted of the likes of Dhoni and Steven Smith. But thanks to some tight bowling from their bowlers including man-of-the-Match Krunal Pandya – who had earlier scored a crucial 47 runs – MI were able to win by just 1 run as one of the most pulsating IPL matches came to an end.