Within a couple of hours, the battle of the season will commence that will decide which team gets to hold the IPL trophy for 2018. Will it be CSK, the most consistent team in the history of T20 tournaments to have made it to playoffs in every edition of the IPL? Or will it be SRH, a team that possesses a formidable bowling attack that sends chills down the player’s spine?. CSK have been there 6 times before and emerged victorious on 2 occasions, thus have sufficient experience of playing under such pressure situations.
SRH on the other hand, have lost to CSK three times this season and will try to end the losing spree once and for all by ensuring a victory in the night of the finals. Both units have a powerhouse of experience and talent and will leave no stone unturned in getting the better of the other.
Let’s look at the 3 player face-offs that the fans might get to witness in tonight’s battle between SRH and CSK
MS Dhoni vs Rashid Khan
The Afghani leg-spinner has been in a terrific form with the ball in this edition by taking 21 scalps at an average of 20.67 in the games that followed. Dhoni, on the other hand, has been in great touch as well. He has amassed 455 runs in 15 games at a strike rate of 150.66 and a jaw-dropping average of 75.38!
In their previous encounter, Rashid successfully managed to get the better of MS Dhoni. The aggressive right-hand batsman failed to pick up a googly and got an inside edge to the stumps. The skipper has been struggling to play against spin throughout this season. Well, its a contest worth watching – the spin wizard vs the king of IPL
Shane Watson vs Bhuvaneshwar Kumar
The former Aussie all-rounder’s inability to face the swinging deliveries aren’t unknown to the world. He is highly vulnerable against the balls that come back into the right-hander and also has a weakness of going for outside off stump deliveries and giving wicket in the process.
This is what SRH would want to exploit and they have just the man for this job. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar has been the premium bowler for SRH who knows the art of moving the ball either way. In the Qualifier-1, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar got him out on the 1st over of the Chennai’s innings by bowling him an outswinger which got edged to the wicketkeeper.
Watson might become an extremely dangerous batsman if he sets in and can clinch the game away from the opposition. SRH will expect Kumar to bowl him the same set of deliveries that he did in the Qualifier-1. It will be a contest worth witnessing.
Deepak Chahar vs Kane Williamson
The SRH skipper has been in terrific shape this season. He has scored 688 runs at an average of 52.92 and single-handedly won games for SRH on many occasions this season. His timing of changing up the gears and ability to rotate strike have been impeccable. The Sunrisers will be relying on him to deliver another masterpiece for 1 last time this season that can help them clinch the title for the 2nd time in IPL history.
CSK, on the other hand, will aim to rip him apart as soon as he arrives onto the crease following any dismissal. Deepak Chahar is one bowler from CSK who can get the job done with satisfaction. He has been bowling outside the off stump to lure the batsmen give their wickets by going for the front foot hitting. Till now he has taken 10 wickets at an economy of 7.4 and with an average of 25.3