That temper would fly when Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians lock horns in the ongoing IPL final was very much on the cards. The Mumbai-Chennai rivalry is arguably the fiercest and most enthralling rivalry in the history of the IPL and the fans could not have asked for a better finale.
Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings are the only two teams to have won the IPL thrice. Mumbai had entered the final after beating the Super Kings in the first qualifier. On the other hand, Super Kings thrashed Delhi Capitals by six wickets in the second qualifier to seal their spot in the final. The ongoing game is the fourth final between Mumbai and Chennai.
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The first final between these two teams had taken place in 2010 which Chennai had won to claim their first IPL title. However, Mumbai beat Chennai in 2013 and 2015 to take the upper hand. The momentum is also in Mumbai’s favour as they have won their last three games. Chennai, on the other hand, have lost two of their last three games. Moreover, both the teams have already met thrice this season with Mumbai winning on all the occasions comfortably.
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However, Super Kings have taken the command in the early period of the game. After Rohit Sharma won the toss and decided to bat first, Shardul Thakur gave the defending champions a good start by dismissing the in-form Quinton de Kock for 29 inside the powerplay. De Kock was looking in red-hot form as he dispatched Deepak Chahar for three sixes in the third third over. However, before he could inflict further damage, Thakur sent him back.
De Kock failed to see off a short delivery from Thakur and ended up top-edging it to MS Dhoni. And as soon as Dhoni took the catch, Thakur gave him an animated and heated send-off. In fact, the gesture from Thakur was so bad that even Rohit Sharma was seen objecting to it.
Here is a clip of that send off from Shardul Thakur: