The biggest rivalry in IPL history will resume in the 2019 final as Mumbai Indians face off with the Chennai Super Kings in Hyderabad. Mumbai have won the previous three meeting with Chennai this season and they have had the edge in all facets over Dhoni’s men.
Chennai Super Kings have dominated proceedings against Delhi Capitals in their head-to-head matches with 14 of the 19 going in their favour.
Sunrisers have dominated recent meetings against Delhi Capitals but those came against a different version of the Capitals with the 2019 team far superior to previous editions.
The top two teams come into this qualifier aiming to win and seal their spot in the IPL 2019 final. Mumbai Indians have beaten Chennai Super Kings twice already this season including one win in Chennai.
While the initiative has to be with Kolkata Knight Riders here as they need a win to make the top four, Mumbai Indians will be motivated to finish in the top two. KKR got the better of the two teams in a shootout last weekend in Kolkata and they are under pressure to win again.
Both teams should take this match seriously and play hard for the win, but there appears a resignation among Kings XI and that does not bode well. Chennai Super Kings have made some rotations in recent matches but they will be refocused here.
The top two teams in the South Group meet at Taunton for a match which is arguably more important for the home side given they need the win to stay in the top three. They have faded in their last couple of matches losing twice...
The Sunrisers come into this match knowing that a win should give them an excellent chance of finishing fourth so all the pressure is on them here.
Both of these teams have lost some key players through injury and international call-ups, but while the loss of Kagiso Rabada will undoubtedly jolt the Capitals, the Royals are far more depleted than them here.
This match really is a make or break game for both of these teams as they sit in identical positions and they really need to win both of their remaining matches to have any chance of reaching the fourth and final knockout round spot.
This is a key match for both teams as they will be keen to get the win here and avoid having to go to their final group stage matches to seal their place in the final four.
Both of these teams are guaranteed a knockout phase place but they will be keen to seal a top two spot with Mumbai Indians breathing down on them both in order to make their path to the final easier.
These two teams were desperately poor early in the tournament but they have shown some form in recent matches and are fighting for the top four. Their key players have been the ones to lift RCB while ironically the Royals have improved as some of their big-name overseas players have departed.
There is little to choose between these two teams right now as they both have similar issues with team selection and their over-reliance on their openers, while they have both lost their last two matches.