After defeating the Mumbai Indians by 62 in Qualifier 2, the defending champions Gujarat Titans will now take on the Chennai Super Kings in the 2023 IPL Final on Sunday. When asked to bat first, the defending champions posted a whopping 233/3 in 20 overs after Schubman Gill pitched 129 runs in just 60 balls. MIs were later promoted to 171 as Mohit Sharma took the trophy with five wickets. The team led by MS Dhoni beat Gujarat in Qualifier 1 by 15 rounds and it was also their first victory over a team led by Hardik Pandya in four meetings.
However, the previous match was played in Chepauk, which is CSK’s stronghold, and things could go the other way on Sunday as both teams face each other in Ahmedabad, GT’s home stadium.
Strengths of the GT
Shubman Gill’s fiery form: Young rookie Shubman Gill has garnered all the attention over the past few matches as he has scored three centuries, with the last one coming against the Mumbai Indians in Qualifying 2. Gill is the season’s top scorer so far. be ready to put on another great bat show.
Strong middle order:With the likes of David Miller, Rahul Tewatia and Vijay Shankar on their team, the GT mid-range looks extremely promising when it comes to chasing high sums. While Miller and Tewatia don’t have many opportunities this season, Vijay had a brilliant run of 301 rounds in 13 matches spanning three half-centuries.
Impressive Rashid Khan: The versatile Afghan player Rashid Khan has once again proved that he can be useful for his team. Due to his powerful rotation, he has hit a total of 27 wickets and is currently the second highest-grossing player of the season. Apart from this, he also showed his skills as a brilliant slugger, scoring 32 balls in 79 runs against MI.
Attack at a fast pace: It won’t be a mistake to call GT the most balanced team in IPL 2023, as they excelled in all departments. In addition to strong spin options in the form of Rashid Khan and Noor Ahmad, they also consist of Mohammed Shami and Mohit Sharma’s rushing attack. Shami is currently the MVP of the season with 28 scalps while Mohit will come to this match after beating MI.
weakness of GT
Mediocre performance from Hardik: One of GT’s major disappointments this season has been the mediocre performance of their skipper, Hardik Pandya. The all-star all-rounder failed to make a mark with either bat or ball as he made 325 runs in 15 matches and scalped only three wickets.
Sahi Flop Show: Vriddhiman Saa, an excellent goalkeeper, would consider himself lucky as the team’s management never thought of replacing him, despite 127 clean shots at the start of the game and only one result of fifty-odd points in 16 shots.
Too much dependence on Gill: Despite a strong attack, the entire team is too dependent on Schubman Gill to land a serious blow. It will be important for the whole team to prove themselves in Sunday’s match against CSK.
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