Mumbai Indians have qualified for the finals after defeating Chennai Super Kings in the Qualifier 1. The young Delhi Capitals defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad in a thrilling eliminator. The winner of Delhi Capitals and CSK will face Mumbai Indians in the finals to be played on 12th May at Hyderabad.
Anil Kumble picked David Warner and KL Rahul as his openers. David Warner showed his class for Sunrisers Hyderabad scoring 692 runs from 12 matches with 1 century and 8 half-centuries which helped SRH reach the playoff stage.
Kings XI Punjab, KL Rahul had an outstanding season with 593 runs from 14 matches with 1 century and 6 half-centuries with the best score of 100* against Mumbai Indians. Kings XI Punjab could not reach the playoffs stage after a good start.
Delhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer has led from the front with the bat scoring 463 runs from 16 matches with 3 half-centuries. Kumble has included Risbabh Pant who has performed brilliantly for Delhi Capitals with 488 runs from 16 matches with 3 half-centuries.
Kumble has named as MS Dhoni as the captain and wicketkeeper in the IPL XI. Dhoni has been a key feature for CSK side who have scored most of the runs for CSK this season.
Hardik Pandya has played a key role for Mumbai Indians in this year IPL season with both bat and ball. He scored 386 runs from 15 matches with the bat at a strike rate of 193.00. With the ball, Pandya has taken 14 wickets.
Kumble has included West Indies hard-hitting Andre Russell in the XI. Russell showed his power hitting in this year IPL for KKR with 510 runs from 14 matches at a strike rate of 204.81. KKR could not qualify for the playoffs stage.
In the spin bowling department, Kumble has included Shreyas Gopal who performed brilliantly for Rajasthan Royals in a disappointing season. Gopal took 20 wickets from 14 matches with an economy of 7.22 runs per over. He picked a hattrick in IPL 2019 against Rajasthan Royals.
The veteran Imran Tahir has been simply sensational for CSK. He has taken so far 24 wickets from 16 matches with an economy of 6.65 runs per over and best figures of 4/12.
Anil Kumble has included South African young pacer Kagiso Rabada who performed well for Delhi Capitals. He took 25 wickets from 12 matches with an economy of 7.82 runs per over and best figures of 4/21.
Jasprit Bumrah has performed reasonably well for Mumbai Indians in helping them to reach the finals. He has taken so far 17 wickets from 15 matches with an economy of 6.84 runs per over and best figures of 3/20.