The IPL 2023 season is coming to a close with the grand finale between Gujarat Titans and Chennai Super Kings. The match is set to take place in Ahmedabad, where the Titans have won six out of nine matches played. However, the weather is not looking too promising, as rain and lightning have already started, and the covers are on the pitch. The match may experience a late start, but fans are already filling up the stadium, eagerly waiting for the game to begin.
The Chennai Super Kings have a massive fan following, with yellow being the dominant color in the crowd wherever they have played this season. The legendary MS Dhoni, who is yet to decide whether he will come back next year, will be making his 250th IPL appearance in this match. The hope and joy his devotees raise at a fleeting vision of him on the big screen during Chennai Super Kings’ innings explodes in a supernova of ecstasy when, eventually, he comes in to bat.
The Titans have been dominant this season, with Shubman Gill leading the charge. He has scored three tons in his last four games and has accumulated 851 runs so far in this season, holding the Orange Cap firmly in his grip. However, no other batter has stamped their authority, and the designated finishers, Miller and Tewatia, have had less game time. If the CSK bowlers manage to dismantle GT’s top order quickly, it will be a stern test for them.
The Titans have the most potent and reliable bowling attack at their disposal, with the three highest wicket-takers this season – Shami, Rashid, and Mohit. The defending champions are in great rhythm and would be hungry to win back-to-back trophies. On the other hand, the success of the CSK top-order has meant the middle-order has had very little batting. A final would be a bad time for this franchise to lose 2-3 quick wickets.
Chennai Super Kings finished second from bottom last season, but they were the first team to book their slot in the final this year. They have been using some cricketing smarts, and their trust in each other has paid off. The middle-overs are commanded by the ever-reliable Ravi Jadeja, and the top four have ensured CSK almost always get the runs on the board.
The weather may play spoilsport, but the fans are eagerly waiting for the game to begin. Will the Titans defend their title, or will the Super Kings win their fifth title, joint-most with MI? Only time will tell.