Here we are. 59 matches done. 10 venues as hosts. Thousands of miles covered. 149 players fighting tooth and nail to enable their team a shot at the trophy. There were mighty tugs of war – this IPL will perhaps be remembered most for how deep it went and how competitive most of its matches were. 50 days since the start, only two teams remain – Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad – leaving 22 players and a few substitutes their last chance at glory in IPL 2018.
Chennai Super Kings have made a habit of appearing in IPL finals, even if they haven’t really made winning the final a habit. They are in their seventh IPL final in nine attempts, having won two, back-to-back, in 2010 and 2011. They were away on a two-year hiatus, and to return to the competition with a triumph will be a statement of sorts for CSK.
For SRH, it will be the culmination of years of meticulous planning and execution. Including this year, they have made the playoffs on three consecutive occasions. Possessing a strong bowling attack already, they strengthened it further this season by adding a few more names. It is no surprise now that their attack is the most lethal and constantly wins them games that people think are beyond them.
As has been the trend this IPL, the tug of war is set to continue into the final games. The match-ups between players from both sides make for a mouth-watering contest. Kane Williamson and MS Dhoni take on each other as not only captains leading from the front, but also as middle order mainstays. Rashid Khan faces the experienced batting order that has gotten the better of him thrice (His 2-11 in four overs in the last game not enough to help SRH win) already. Lungi Ngidi goes up against Shikhar Dhawan, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar will have to tackle two international stars in Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson.
The final is at stake and the sub-plots already look delightful. It has been one hell of an IPL, and it could just have the explosive finish it deserves.
When: May 27, 07:00 PM IST
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
The wicket at the Wankhede offers help for both the pacers and spinners. Close proximity to the Arabian sea helps the swing bowlers considerably, especially during early hours of the day. However, spinners have been known to benefit during the last couple of days of a Test match as the pitch turns into a vicious turner. Although the new ball does a bit in limited-overs cricket, the pitch tends to ease out and favour batsmen as the innings progresses. The venue provides great entertainment when it comes to T20 cricket.
Venue Stats IPL
|Matches won batting first||33|
|Matches won bowling first||31|
|Average 1st Inns scores||165|
|Average 2nd Inns scores||152|
|Highest total recorded||235/1 (20 Ov) by RCB vs MI|
|Lowest total recorded||67/10 (15.2 Ov) by KKR vs MI|
|Highest score chased||195/3 (20 Ov) by DD vs MI|
|Lowest score defended||135/6 (20 Ov) by DC vs MI|
Head to Head
|Total Matches Play||9|
|Won by Sunrisers Hyderabad||2|
|Won by Chennai Super Kings||7|
Teams’ Form in their Last Five Matches (most recent first)
Sunrisers Hyderabad: W L L L W
Chennai Super Kings : W W L W W
Sandeep Sharma can come in place of K Ahmed.
Manish Pandey might be play instead of Deepak Hooda.
Chennai Super Kings
They are Expected to Play same.
Sunrisers Hyderabad : Shreevats Goswami (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Carlos Brathwaite, Shakib Al Hasan, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma, Alex Hales, Ricky Bhui, Deepak Hooda, T Natarajan, Mohammad Nabi, Basil Thampi, K Khaleel Ahmed, Sachin Baby, Chris Jordan, Tanmay Agarwal, Bipul Sharma, Mehdi Hasan
Chennai Super Kings : MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, Sam Billings, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Lungi Ngidi, Faf du Plessis, KM Asif, Kanishk Seth, Dhruv Shorey, Imran Tahir, Murali Vijay, Mark Wood, Kshitiz Sharma, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Karn Sharma, N Jagadeesan, David Willey
Shikhar Dhawan, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Manish Pandey, Carlos Brathwaite, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma.
Chennai Super Kings
Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Lungi Ngidi.
Shakib Al Hasan
Player to watch
Stats that matter
- CSK are the only side to have beaten the others at least once this season.
- In the playoffs, Raina has made eight 30-plus scores, seven of which have been converted into a half-century. His 636 runs in 19 matches are the most in the playoffs.
- Lungi Ngidi has quickly established himself as a useful death bowler. He’s conceded at an economy of just seven in the six overs he’s bowled at this stage. The other CSK bowlers have gone at 11.40.
- Harbhajan Singh is one short of 50 IPL wickets at the Wankhede Stadium. Only Lasith Malinga, his former Mumbai Indians team-mate, has more (58).
- CSK’s top three have negated the Rashid Khan threat brilliantly. Rayudu (38 runs off 25 balls) and Watson (14 off 10 balls) have gone after him in the Powerplays. Suresh Raina has been out once, but Rashid’s 15 deliveries have fetched 27.
Fantasy pick for Dream 11
Cap / Vc – Shakib Al Hasan, Kane Williamson, Ambati Rayudu, Shikhar Dhawan
If you want to take rish for grand league go with Lungi Ngidi & Bhuvneshwar Kumar