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Ultimate Showdown: Gujarat Titans vs Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2023 Final

Ultimate Showdown: Gujarat Titans vs Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2023 Final

IPL 2023 has reached its pinnacle as the Gujarat Titans and the Chennai Super Kings gear up to face each other once again in the final. The journey comes full circle as the two teams clash at the same venue where their campaign began – Ahmedabad.

In their opening encounter, the Titans emerged victorious, setting the stage for an intriguing showdown. However, in Qualifier 1, CSK managed to level the score with a comprehensive win, albeit on a slower Chennai pitch. This time, with the pitches in Ahmedabad favoring batsmen, a high-scoring thriller is expected.

CSK will be eager to enhance their illustrious record, aiming for their fifth IPL title, which would put them on par with the Mumbai Indians as the most successful team in the tournament’s history. On the other hand, the Titans, the reigning champions, are determined to establish their dominance by clinching back-to-back titles.

Beyond the battle of two teams with a simple and player-centric approach, there is an intriguing sub-plot of mentor and protégé. Hardik Pandya, who has always looked up to MS Dhoni and learned invaluable lessons from him, will now seek to outshine his mentor on the grandest stage of IPL.

This final holds great significance for both players. Dhoni, with his record-breaking 11th IPL final appearance (10th with CSK), stands as the player with the most finals under his belt. In contrast, Hardik has been part of five finals prior to 2023, with an unbeaten record. The clash between the mentor and the protégé will test Hardik’s learnings from Dhoni, both on and off the field.

Form Guide:

Gujarat Titans: WLWWL (last five matches, most recent first)

Chennai Super Kings: WWLWW

Team News:

No injury concerns Both teams enter the final with no known injury concerns. Hardik Pandya, who didn’t bowl in the previous four matches, rolled his arm over against Mumbai Indians in Qualifier 2, indicating his fitness for the crucial clash.

Impact Player Strategy:

Sticking to the Template Expect both teams to field unchanged lineups. The Titans will rely on either Shubman Gill or Josh Little as their Impact Player, depending on the toss, while Shivam Dube and Matheesha Pathirana will play similar roles for CSK.

Probable XII:

Gujarat Titans: 1 Shubman Gill, 2 Wriddhiman Saha (wk), 3 Sai Sudharsan, 4 Hardik Pandya (capt), 5 Vijay Shankar, 6 David Miller, 7 Rashid Khan, 8 Rahul Tewatia, 9 Noor Ahmed, 10 Mohit Sharma, 11 Mohammed Shami, 12 Josh Little

Chennai Super Kings: 1 Ruturaj Gaikwad, 2 Devon Conway, 3 Shivam Dube, 4 Ajinkya Rahane, 5 Moeen Ali, 6 Ambati Rayudu, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 MS Dhoni (capt, wk), 9 Deepak Chahar, 10 Tushar Deshpande, 11 Maheesh Theekshana, 12 Matheesha Pathirana

Stats Ahead of the Big Clash:

  • Mohammed Shami has a favorable match-up against Devon Conway and Ruturaj Gaikwad, having dismissed Conway three times for just five runs, and Gaikwad struggling at a strike rate of 69.69 against Shami.
  • Rashid Khan’s T20 numbers against Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ambati Rayudu are not impressive, with Gaikwad striking at 147.36 against him and falling to Rashid twice in their six encounters. However, Rayudu has a lower strike rate of 124.65 against Rashid but has been dismissed only once in their 73 deliveries.
  • To counter Rayudu, the Titans can rely on Mohit Sharma, who has dismissed him six times in just 44 balls, conceding only 54 runs. Meanwhile, Dhoni has had success against Mohit, scoring 48 runs off 24 balls but getting dismissed twice.
  • In their previous encounter, Ravindra Jadeja bowled David Miller for 4 runs. However, Miller holds an excellent record against Jadeja, scoring 121 runs at a strike rate of 168.05 with just two dismissals. Additionally, Jadeja has never dismissed Shubman Gill in T20 cricket, with Gill scoring 68 runs off 48 balls at a strike rate of 141.66 against him.
  • Another player to watch out for is Maheesh Theekshana, who has been more effective in away games this IPL. While he has picked up only three wickets in seven games in Chennai, he has taken eight wickets in five outings at away venues.
  • Shubman Gill is also chasing down Virat Kohli’s record for the most runs in an IPL season, needing 123 runs to surpass the milestone.

When it comes to the bowling department, Mohammed Shami (28), Rashid Khan (27), and Mohit Sharma (24) stand as the top three wicket-takers in this IPL season. Shami, in particular, is just five wickets away from breaking Dwayne Bravo and Harshal Patel’s record of the most wickets in a single season.

Pitch and Conditions:

Ahmedabad has witnessed high-scoring encounters throughout the season, with an average first-innings total of 193 across eight games. Five out of those eight games were won by the team batting first. Considering it is the final and dew is not expected to play a significant role, both the Titans and CSK might prefer setting a target on the board.

The weather forecast predicts cloudy conditions, but there is no serious threat of rain affecting the match.

What’s the Big Question Now?

Will the Gujarat Titans clinch their second successive IPL title? Cast your vote now!

As the IPL 2023 Final approaches, the clash between the Gujarat Titans and the Chennai Super Kings promises to be a battle of strategies, skills, and nerves. Both teams have their strengths and statistical advantages, but it will all come down to executing their plans on the field. Who will emerge victorious and etch their name in IPL history? The answer awaits in this highly-anticipated showdown.

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