The eighth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) began on April 8, 2015 in Eden Gardens and tonight it will see a grand closure at thevenue with two of the tournament’s best side – Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Mumbai Indians (MI), taking on each other in the summit clash.

The match is touted as the revenge match of the IPL 2013 final, when both the sides met in the final at the same venue with MI clinching the title for their first time. Both the sides are two most consistent sides of the IPL and will play each other in the finale for the third time. CSK have been the most successful IPL team and will be appearing in the final for the sixth time and have won the tournament twice. However MI have a 11-10 record against them in their favour and having won the previous two encounters in Chennai and Mumbai.

Both the sides are evenly matched and with Mike Hussey striking form in the previous encounter, the CSK batting looks strengthened. However, in absence of Brendon McCullum, the CSK hopes for a big total lies on the shoulders of Suresh Raina, who is due for a big one.

The MI contingent will once again look for the opening pair of Lendl Simmons and Parthiv Patel to fire. Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard have been in good form, and from the bowling front once again the side will look at Lasith Malinga, Michell McClenaghan and Harbhajan Singh. Rohit and Harbhajan have a love affair with Eden Gardens and will look to make this outing more memorable.

CSK skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, too has fond memories of this ground. Once again CSK will hope for Dwayne Bravo, Ashish Nehra and Ravichandran Ashwin to take care of the bowling mantle.

Historically, the Eden wicket has been spin friendly but it’s expected to have a good coverage of grass left on it and therefore it’s expected to assist seamers more.

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(Suvajit Mustafi consumes cricket for lunch, fiction for dinner and munches numerous other snacks throughout the day. Yes, a jack of several trades, all Suvajit dreamt of was being India’s World Cup winning skipper but ended up being a sports writer, author, screenwriter, director, copywriter, graphic designer, sportsmarketer , strategist, entrepreneur,  philosopher and traveller. Donning so many hats, it’s cricket which gives him the ultimate high and where he finds solace. He can be followed at @RibsGully and rivu7)