Chennai Super Kings vs Gujarat Titans, IPL 2023 Final: GT’s Strength And Weakness
After thrashing Mumbai Indians by 62 runs in Qualifier 2, defending champions Gujarat Titans will face Chennai Super Kings in the final of IPL 2023 on Sunday. Asked to bat first, the defending champions posted a whopping total of 233/3 in 20 overs after Shubman Gill smashed 129 runs off just 60 balls. Later, MI were bowled out for 171 as Mohit Sharma took a five-wicket haul. The MS Dhoni-led Gujarat side won the Qualifier 1 by 15 runs and it was also their first win over Hardik Pandya’s side in four meetings.
However, the previous match was played at Chepauk, which is CSK’s stronghold and things could go the other way on Sunday as the two teams will face each other in Ahmedabad, GT’s home ground.
Shubman Gill’s fiery form: Young opener Shubman Gill has been hitting all the matches in the last few years as he has scored three decades, with the latest coming against Mumbai Indians in the Qualifier 2. While on the highest scorer of the season so far, Gill. look to put on another great show with the bat.
Average strong order:With the likes of David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Vijay Shankar in their squad, GT’s middle-order looks very promising, when it comes to chasing high totals. While Miller and Tewatia haven’t got many opportunities this season, Vijay has had an impressive outing with a total of 301 runs in 13 matches, including three half-centuries.
Rashid Khan is awesome: Afghanistan’s keeper Rashid Khan again proved to be an asset to his side. With his powerful spin, he has taken 27 wickets which is currently the second highest in the season. Apart from that, he showed his skills as a great batsman to hit 79 off 32 balls against MI.
Blistering speed attack: It won’t be wrong to call GT the most balanced team of IPL 2023 as they were as high as all the departments. Apart from having strong spin options in the form of Rashid Khan and Noor Ahmad, they also have a blistering pace attack in Mohammed Shami and Mohit Sharma. Shami is currently the highest wicket-taker of the season with 28 scalps and Mohit will be coming into this game after taking a wicket against MI.
Modest performance from Hardik: One of the biggest disappointments for GT this season has been skipper Hardik Pandya’s mediocre outing. The all-star failed to leave a mark with both bat and ball as he scored 325 runs in 15 matches and managed just three wickets.
Saha’s flop show: Par excellence keeper Wriddhiman Saha would consider himself lucky that the team management did not think of replacing him despite a strike rate of 127 opening the batting and only fifty more in 16 wins.
Too much reliance on Gill: Despite having a strong batting attack, the entire team is too dependent on Shubman Gill for big knocks. It will be important for the entire team to succeed on the occasionwhen they face CSK in the final on Sunday.
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