IPL 2023 FINAL: Gujarat Titans will defend their championship against Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 final on Sunday, May 28 in Ahmedabad. Chennai is certainly more experienced, as they compete in their tenth IPL final, and perhaps the final for their captain, MS Dhoni.
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Gujarat, on the other hand, have been spectacular since their debut in 2022, and they are aiming for their second consecutive crown. The Titans have the home field advantage, but Dhoni’s popularity has demonstrated that fans will turn every field into a sea of yellow to support him.
Gujarat Titans Ready to Take on MS Dhoni’s CSK
Both teams have placed a lot of emphasis on their starting lineups, and while Gujarat Titans’ Orange Cap bearer Shubman Gill has been nothing short of sensational, Chennai’s opening pair of Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway—both among the league’s top 10 run scorers—have made sure that the team never gets off to a bad start.
The enforcers for Chennai are a revitalised Ajinkya Rahane and the flamboyant Shivam Dube, while Sai Sudharsan and Vijay Shankar are the only remaining members of Gujarat’s middle order. If the situation calls for it, Rahul Tewatia’s ice-cold demeanour will undoubtedly be put to the test against Captain Cool Dhoni’s Kings, while Gujarat will be trying to contain Jadeja’s batting skills.
A Hole in the batting order :IPL 2023 FINAL
The title defenders are worried about Hardik Pandya and David Miller’s performance since Gill’s brilliance has so far overshadowed their failings despite Pandya scoring 325 runs in 15 matches. This would be known to Dhoni, who would then make every effort to take advantage of this hole in the batting order.
On the other hand, CSK’s lower middle order depends on Ambati Rayudu, who hasn’t been in the best of form, and Titans can choke CSK with two or three early wickets.
The top three wicket-takers of the season, Mohammed Shami (28), Rashid Khan (27) and Mohit Sharma (24) are anticipated to bring their A-game for the final, thus Gujarat needn’t worry too much about their bowling.
Afghan Noor Ahmed and Irish Josh Little are Pandya’s fourth and fifth available bowlers, and the captain can also bowl a few quality overs if necessary.
It will be up to Jadeja and Matheesha Pathirana for CSK to stop the flow of runs in the middle overs and in the death, particularly Gill who is looking in form and might spell doom for the Super Kings.
Players to watch for IPL 2023 FINAL
Rashid Khan, Mohammed Shami, and Mohit Sharma would keep CSK on their toes while they were batting, while Shubman Gill, Vijay Shankar, and Sai Sudharsan would be cautious while facing CSK bowling.
In terms of GT, Gaikwad, Conway, Rahane, and Dube have the ability to ruin the event while Jadeja and Deshpande try to trap their batters.
GT Probable XI:
Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha, Hardik Pandya, Vijay Shankar, Sai Sudharsan, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Mohammed Shami, Noor Ahmed, Mohit Sharma
CSK Probable XI:
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Ajinkya Rahane, Shivam Dube, Moeen Ali, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni, Tushar Deshpande, Maheesh Theekshana, Deepak Chahar , Matheesha Pathirana.
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