After 2 months we have finally reached the showdown of the immensely followed cash-rich tournament to witness one final battle between the most consistent team of IPL CSK versus SRH, a unit whose bowling attack brought tears in the eyes of batsmen. CSK will be playing their IPL final for the 7th time which is the most by any time in the history of T20 cricket.
The fight of the season will take place tonight at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. For a team that has made a habit of making it to the finals, CSK would be looking for just the right combination of the players who could take on the mighty Sunrisers from the first place.
Let’s look at the predicted XI that CSK would opt for in tonight’s final duel of the season
The former Aussie all-rounder was just phenomenal this season with his all-round finesse. He will be expected to get CSK off to flying starts in the power-play overs without giving up his wicket. His hard-hitting ability with the bat and partnership breaker spells with the ball might be something to watch out for in tonight’s game.
Faf Du Plessis
He was the match winner for CSK in their last encounter with SRH and plunged them to the finals by hitting the ball for a six with 5 balls to spare. Du Plessis would probably open up the innings with Shane Watson with the intent of putting a decent total on board.
He has been the backbone of CSK for almost 10 years now and with his match-winning abilities has turned the game in CSK’s favor on many occasions. Raina has yet again managed to score around 500 runs this season and will try to take on the SRH bowling attack from the first ball itself.
His inclusion in the squad proved to be a blessing for CSK as he helped them soar high in the points table. He will probably bat at Number 4 and give the much-needed boost for a good total.
He has been a class apart this season and was in his vintage best form throughout. If he starts assaulting the SRH bowlers then CSK would rest assured for a victory. His power-packed hard hitting can be a nightmare for the bowler in the 4 over spell. With his experience of playing under such situations, CSK would surely have an upper hand over SRH in tonight’s battle of the season.
Sir Jadeja has been pretty decent with the ball especially in the second stage of the tournament following a series of dismal performances in the first half. His economic spells and partnership breaking abilities will be put to test in tonight’s game.
He had an average tournament this year and was experiencing some flaws in his death over bowling as well. He has been pretty expensive in the final overs something which was a concern for the team in the league stages. Nevertheless, the team has high expectations from which and he might render them the much-needed services.
The young lad was a revelation with the ball and he was found toying with the batsmen by deploying swinging deliveries in both directions. He will be a crucial bowler in the powerplay overs and look to get the crucial wickets for the team.
He might not have been at his best this season but still continues to be a major figure in the playing XI. His experience of bowling in T20 cricket in such situations can help him pick up a couple of wickets in the middle overs.
He was one of the key players behind CSK’s victory over the SRH in their previous encounter. His 15 runs of 5 balls which included 3 boundaries helped CSK escape a narrow defeat. He has also been consistent with the ball throughout the tournament by picking up crucial wickets at important moments of the game.
He has been their go-to bowler, especially over the past few games by taking up big wickets and curbing the opposition unit to low totals. CSK would expect him to come back hard on the batsmen for one last time in the tournament.