Chennai Super King and Sunrisers Hyderabad, both the teams have their eye on the VIVO IPL crown, a glory for which they have thrived for in past 55 days of the T20 league. The Chennai Super Kings will be facing the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Grand finale at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Chennai Super Kings, who have won the IPL title in year 2010 and 2011 but have lost in four finals, will be aiming for their third title while Sunrisers Hyderabad will be hoping to repeat their 2016 heroics.
After several nail-biting finishes, exciting cricket matches and stunning catches it is down to just two teams.
Here are some key clashes to watch out in IPL Grand Finale…
MS Dhoni v Rashid Khan
CSK skipper has emerged victorious. MS Dhoni led- CSK has scored 455 runs in 15 matches at an impressive average of more than 75 and a strike-rate of over 150.After a slow start in the IPL 2018 the Afghan leg-spinner proved why he is the number one bowler in the T20Is. In the 16 matches he has played so far, the young Afghan sensation has picked up 21 wickets with a tidy economy of 6.78.
Kane Williamson v Lungi Ngidi
Being the proud owner of the Orange cap in IPL 2018, SRH skipper Williamson has smashed 688 runs in 16 matches so far at an average of 52.92 with a strike rate of close to 145. With eight half-centuries to his name. The South African pacerscalped 10 wickets to his name from six games with an economy rate of 5.90.
Faf du Plessis v Shakib Al Hasan
After the charismatic innings by Du Plessis in Qualifier 1 against SRH once again he is ready to maintain Dhoni’s faith in him. He smashed 67 runs off 42 balls and made mission Impossible, possible. However, his main test will be against the wily Shakib Al-Hasan who drifts the ball away from the right-hander. SRH star bowler scalped 14 wickets from 16 matches with an economy rate of 7.87.
Ambati Rayudu v Siddarth Kaul
This Hyderabad batsman has scored 385 runs from just nine innings against SRH at a staggering average of 55. However, Rayudu was Man of the Match in both the games against Williamson's men. He will once again be the Chennai in the important final against similar foes.
Besides Rashid, Kaul is the joint-highest wicket-taker for SRH and has 21 wickets to his name.His tidy line and length have not allowed batsmen to score freely and it will once again be a task for CSK batsmen to score freely against the wily customer.