<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Amidst spot-fixing scandal, Chennai Super Kings eye IPL 2013 trophy against formidable Mumbai Indians" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130525125835.jpg" title="Amidst spot-fixing scandal, Chennai Super Kings eye IPL 2013 trophy against formidable Mumbai Indians" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Chennai Super Kings have been a part of four consecutive, five overall, finals but it is the best chance for Mumbai Indians to take a good shot at the title, avenge their 2010 final defeat © IANS</p> </div> <strong>By Tapan Mohanta<br /> <br /> Kolkata: May 25, 2013 </strong><br /> <br /> Embroiled in the spot-fixing scam, becoming champions for a third time would be a daunting task for the <a href="/tags/Chennai-Super-Kings/post" target="_blank">Chennai Super Kings</a> when they take on the formidable <a href="/tags/Mumbai-Indians/post" target="_blank">Mumbai Indians</a> in the summit clash of the scandal-marred Indian Premier League, at Kolkata on Sunday.<br /> <br /> The <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/Gurunath-Meiyappan-arrested-by-Mumbai-Police/26917" target="_blank">arrest of its management official Gurunath Meiyappan</a>, who is the son-in-law of the team owner and BCCI President <a href="/tags/N-Srinivasan/post" target="_blank">N Srinivasan</a>, on the suspicion of betting would have surely dented the morale of the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side.<br /> <br /> It will be a huge challenge for the players and their skipper to cope up with the situation and play their natural game against a team, which is keen to win that elusive trophy.<br /> <br /> Chennai have been a part of four consecutive, five overall, finals but it is the best chance for Mumbai to take a good shot at the title, avenge their 2010 final defeat.<br /> <br /> Also, they would want to win it as a gift to senior batsman <a href="/tags/Sachin-Tendulkar/post" target="_blank">Sachin Tendulkar</a>. It is the one trophy that is missing from the cabinet of the milestone man of Indian cricket. He had a heartbreak as Mumbai Indians captain in 2010 when the team lost to Dhoni's men by 22 runs.<br /> <br /> It was CSK's first IPL title and since then Dhoni's team has grown in stature.<br /> <br /> On paper, it's a battle of equals with both Chennai and Mumbai boasting explosive Twenty20 specialists in Michael Hussey, Dwayne Smith, Ravindra Jadeja and Kieron Pollard.<br /> <br /> Both teams have a penetrating pace attack with Albie Morkel and season's find Mohit Sharma doing a tidy job for Chennai, while Mitchell Johnson, Lasith Malinga and Pollard make a terrific trio in the Mumbai ranks.<br /> <br /> In conditions where spin-bowling could prove to be a decisive factor, Chennai have a star-studded line-up in Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja but Mumbai can match them with the experienced duo of Harbhajan Singh and Pragyan Ojha.<br /> <br /> The return to form of Harbhajan (3 for 23), who had a man-of-the-match performance against the Rajasthan Royals last night, would augur well for Mumbai even as they face injury concerns with regards to Ojha who has hurt his elbow.<br /> <br /> That Eden is a happy hunting ground for Mumbai (five wins from six outings) would certainly give <a href="/tags/Rohit-Sharma/post" target="_blank">Rohit Sharma</a>'s team an edge.<br /> <br /> Dwayne Smith's red-hot form would be another advantage as Mumbai would hope the West Indian would fire again and steer the side without gifting his wicket away.<br /> <br /> Smith's 44-ball 62 (second successive half-century) was once again the highlight of the last night's second qualifier before Mumbai.<br /> <br /> Incidentally, Sharma was part of the triumphant Deccan Chargers in 2009 and it would be a second IPL final for the Mumbai skipper. The only issue he would have to address is the team's tendency to choke in the middle.<br /> <br /> It has been a frustrating month for Sharma as the batsman has not been able to convert his starts with his last half-century (79 unbeaten) coming against Kings XI Punjab way back on April 29.<br /> <br /> Sharma's woeful form with the bat continued in the last match as well when his middle stump was rattled by Siddharth Trivedi.<br /> <br /> Mumbai would hope that the skipper get into the act especially on the stage that matters the most.<br /> <br /> Chennai is a team full of stars with Orange Cap holder Micheal Hussey leading the run charts with 732 runs (@56.30) as 'Mr Cricket' would look to contribute again along with another Dhoni's trusted lieutenant Suresh Raina who has 548 runs (45.66) including an unbeaten 100.<br /> <br /> In bowling, Dwayne Bravo has been Dhoni's go to man with 28 wickets. Dhoni will also look up to the young Mohit who has impressed with 19 scalps from 17 matches.<br /> <br /> But it's the duo of Ashwin and Jadeja who will be encouraged by the Eden conditions as they would look to get maximum out of the spin-friendly Eden conditions.