Mumbai Indians have topped the IPL 2019 league stage, while Chennai Super Kings have just managed to hang on to No 2 spot to give themselves 2 chances to qualify for the final.
The two teams have a rich rivalry dating since the first edition of IPL. They have figured 7 times against each other in playoffs, with CSK winning 4, and losing three to Mumbai Indians.
However, when the two teams have faced off each other in finals, Mumbai Indians have the upper hand, winning it twice, while losing once to CSK. Mumbai Indians defeated CSK in two finals in 2013 and 2015. CSK defeated MI once in the final in IPL 2010.
Cricwizz goes down memory to bring out all the playoff clashes between the two teams.
IPL 2010 final
Mumbai Indians were the most consistent team in this edition of IPL, topping the league phase. But alas, they could not win the final. Sachin Tendulkar led Mumbai Indians from the front throughout the tournament and in the final too, but could not help the team cross the finish line.
MS Dhoni-led CSK won their first IPL title. In the final, CSK made 168/5 with Suresh Raina top-scoring with 35-ball 57. Sachin led the chase brilliantly, scoring 48 before he fell at the wrong moment, holing it out in the deep. Kieron Pollard kept MI in the hunt, but smart captaincy from Dhoni saw the West Indian giving a catch to Mathew Hayden. CSK won the final by 22 runs.
IPL 2012 Eliminator
CSK knocked out Mumbai Indians in the Eliminator in IPL 2012. CSK posted 187/5 thanks to MS Dhoni’s quick innings of 20-ball 51*. Dwayne Bravo also played a cameo of 14-ball 33* to steer CSK to a match-winning total. Mumbai Indians were restricted to 149/9 to lose the match by 38 runs. Dhoni was named man of the match. CSK reached the final, beating Delhi Daredevils in Qualifier 2. However, they could not get past KKR in the final, thanks to Manvinder Bisla’s knock of 89.
IPL 2013 Qualifier 1 and final
Mumbai Indians and CSK were the top teams in group stage and played the qualifier 1. CSK won the qualifier 1 against MI by 48 runs. CSK posted 192/1 thanks to Suresh Raina’s 82*. CSK bowled out MI for 144 to advance into the final. MI then defeated Rajasthan Royals in Qualifier 2 to set up title clash with CSK.
In the final, MI posted 148/9 with Kieron Pollard posting 32-ball 60*. CSK lost the match in the first over itself, as Lasith Malinga reduced them to 2 for 2 by scalping Michael Hussey and Suresh Raina’s wicket in the first over itself. Dhoni kept CSK in hunt with 45-ball 63* but could not take the team across the finish line. CSK lost the match by 23 runs.
IPL 2014 Eliminator
CSK knocked out Mumbai Indians in the Eliminator in IPL 2014. They chased down a target of 174 with ease with Suresh Raina making a 33-ball 54*. David Hussey supported Raina well with an unbeaten knock of 40.
CSK played KXIP in Qualifier 2, but lost a high-scoring match by 24 runs. Chasing 227, CSK could manage 202/7 with Raina smashing 25-ball 87 in a losing cause. KKR won the title, beating KXIP in the final.
IPL 2015 Qualifier & Final
It was a repeat of 2013 IPL with both CSK and MI being top two teams in the group stage. However, this time in IPL 2015, it was CSK who lost the Qualifier 1 to MI and again to them in the final. In Qualifier 1, Mumbai Indians restricted CSK for 162 after setting up a target of 188 to win the match by 25 runs. In Qualifier 2, CSK defeated RCB by 3 wickets to set up a clash with Mumbai Indians again in the final.
Mumbai were too good for CSK in the final, scoring 202/5 before restricting the Dhoni-led side for 161/8. Mumbai won the final by 41 runs and won their second IPL title, beating CSK again in the title round.