IPL 2018 | Match 60 | CSK vs SRH: The day is finally here! Tonight the IPL Season 11 comes to a close with the final match at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai between the two chosen teams – Sunrisers Hyderabad. and
This is going to be a match that’s going to end neck-to-neck with fans sitting on the edge of their seats, praying for their team to lift the trophy. CSK has been waiting for their final opponents to be selected while SRH made a short detour and made it back to Mumbai to compete for the fourth time this season.
Chennai Super Kings make it to the IPL finals for the seventh time in nine seasons and have won only two of them in 2010 and 2011 up till now. Will this year allow them to carry the title for the third time? A win would definitely make their comeback after a two-year hiatus a more respectable one.
Sunrisers Hyderabad has won the title once in 2016 and will attempt to do it again this time.
Two well-experienced captains, MS Dhoni and Kane Williamson, take on each other as they face the pressure of directing their respective teams to victory.
Spinner Rashid Khan will be facing the experienced batting order that is CSK which he almost unhinged in their last match. With him being in full-form now, especially after the last match, he will be CSK’s biggest threat. Shikhar Dhawan hasn’t performed since the playoffs started and he has the ability to add a substantial amount of runs to the score along with captain Kane Williamson. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shakib Al Hasan, Sandeep Sharma and Siddharth Kaul will be given the responsibility of tackling Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis.
CSK has Ambati Rayudu to take care of high-scoring technicalities. CSK fans would want MS Dhoni to make an appearance and finish the game in style. Suresh Raina, Shane Watson, and Faf du Plessis will also assist in that department. Veterans Harbhajan Singh and Ravindra Jadeja will take care of the bowling area. Dwayne Bravo, the death-over specialist, will also be placed in a suitable position. Lungi Ngidi seems he can rival Rashid Khan in that field. CSK, the team of “oldies”, has the temperament and attitude necessary to not get fazed by the pressure according to most.
Wankhede Stadium is going to be a playground for the spinners for the likes of Ravindra Jadeja and Rashid Khan to flourish in. Typical Mumbai climate is expected to prevail – cloudy and humid – with a slight probability of rain.
CSK would mostly not go with any changes in their batting line-up. Harbhajan Singh may be given a bigger role this time in case of bowling. He was a no-show on the field in their last match.
In case of SRH, Manish Pandey may make a reappearance in place of out-of-form Deepak Hooda.
Once again, it is best bowling attack versus best batting side. The typical toss would expect CSK to chase while SRH defends to make for an entertaining match. But if SRH wins the toss, they may attempt to change things around to throw CSK off their game.
If there is one team that has the potential to unravel the brilliance of CSK’s comeback, it’s SRH. Although CSK has got the better of them the last three times this season, all the wins have been close calls and may have gone in SRH’s way easily. With Rashid Khan’s batting skills also out in the open, this will be a difficult game to beat. Both teams will need an equal number of players contributing tonight to not allow for an easy win to either team.