The 11th edition of the Indian Premier League will always be remembered for the number of mighty tugs of war and down-to-the-wire matches.
Cricket news: Can CSK complete the comeback with their third title or will this be SRH’s year and their second title
After 59 matches played in over 10 hosts by 149 players, we are down to two teams – Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad – with 22 players and few substitutes who will lift the trophy.
It has become a habit for CSK to appear in the finals, as this would be their 7th final from their 9 appearances in the tournament.
They have won the title back-to-back in 2010 and 2011, and after their two-years ban due to off-field activities, the third title win will be a statement of sorts for CSK.
It has been years of meticulous planning and execution for Sunrisers Hyderabad. They already had a good bowling line-up, which they strengthened during the 2018 auctions.
It is their third consecutive playoff season and they will try to win the final on the back of their bowling, like the way they have won many matches this season.
There will be many mouth-watering sub-plots in the finals. Kane Williamson and MS Dhoni will not only lead their respective teams with their captaincy but will also try to strengthen the middle order with their bat.
Rashid Khan will have to face an experienced batting order and will have to better his performance as his 2-11 in four overs in the previous game was not enough to hand his side a win.
Shikhar Dhawan will face Lungi Ngidi, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar will face two world-class batsmen in the likes of Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson.
All the explosives are ready and the charges are set in place as we all are ready to witness one hell of an IPL finale.
Venue – Wankhede, Mumbai
CSK Predicted Playing XI: Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Lungi Ngidi
SRH Predicted Playing XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Manish Pandey/Deepak Hooda, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib al Hasan, Carlos Brathwaite, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddharth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed/Sandeep Sharma.