It’s a must-win match for both the teams and both the teams will try to get in with their best players. Here are the four players to watch out for.
Deepti Sharma: One of the young talents in the side has been a consistent performer both with the bat and ball. She will be the impact player going into the crucial clash against Sri Lanka.
Yasoda Mendis: Her consistent performances has helped Sri Lanka to get to a decent total.
Shashikala Siriwardene: In the absence of Attapattu, Siriwardene has done well not only to captain the side well, but also she is leading the team from the front.
Poonam Yadav: India’s highest wicket-taker in 2018. She, along with Ekta Bisht will be the key in today’s match as well.
Afghanistan, after winning the first match with ease pushed Bangladesh to a do-or-die situation as both the teams will lock horns for the 2nd T20I today.
Afghanistan, on the other hand, will look to overcome the glitches they had in the top-order the other night. Their bowling department needs a little revamp as well.
Here are the players to watch out for:
Samiullah Shenwari– His swashbuckling knock of 18 balls 36 played a vital role in driving Afghanistan to 167 in the last match.
Shafiqullah– Backed by a good domestic season, Shafiqullah can be dangerous down the order, and the last match was evidence for that.
Mahmudullah– Be it batting or bowling, Mahmudullah will be the first person to step up for the team.
Liton Das– Bangladesh will be looking for a big score from either of the openers, and Liton Das will hold the key in their batting today.
Gone are the 59 matches, and here we are at the end of this year’s IPL. With final just a few hours away, let’s have look at top picks from both the teams today.
Considering the pitch, Ravi Jadeja will hold the key for CSK. The Rajpoot boy did wonders with the ball the last time he met Hyderabad. Expect the same from him today as well.
No matter what and where he plays, he is the match winner. He is just three wickets away from the purple cap as well. Chennai will look to play him out rather than trying to do anything worse.
Williamson must play the anchor role today, and others must play around him. If he doesn’t score for the team, it is easy to bundle out Hyderabad cheaply. In a final like this, he must lead his team from the front.
Nobody in the CSK line-up knows Wankhede better than Rayudu. He was one of the stars for Mumbai Indians all these years. Rayudu’s form in the recent games wasn’t good as well. Today might be his day.
Raina is the major contributor for CSK all these years, and he does have a good record in the final. Raina will be looking to stay there and finish the game for CSK as well.
When: IPL 2018 final – May 27, Sunday, 7 PM IST
Where: Wankhede, Mumbai
Conditions: Cloudy, Spinners’ track.
TEAM NEWS: Both CSK and SRH are coming off a win and CSK is unlikely to make any changes to their line-up. Whereas, SRH might go back to their options, as both Hooda and Khaleel Ahmed weren’t impressive the other night.
SRH: 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.
CSK: 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
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The final showdown is here. The last match of this year’s IPL and two of the best teams will lock horns to lift the trophy. It is not going to be easy after all. CSK has beaten SRH in all their three previous meetings in this year so far and SRH will be hoping to bounce back.
Kane Williamson as a captain took a courageous decision to make changes to his team the other night. His captaincy needs a special mention as well but the night well and truly belonged to Rashid Khan. For CSK, it is wonderful that all their players have won at least one match for the team. Looking at the form of both the teams, CSK is stronger but as said, it is not going to be easy after all.
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No wonders here. Expect more fireworks from him in the all-important finale against Chennai Super Kings on Sunday.
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The South African pacer has used the conditions well so far. He by far is the best bowler the Chennai Super Kings needed.
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Dhoni’s bowling options are too strong that he didn’t have to use Watson in his recent games. The CSK opener is finding hard to get his timing right as well.
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The Indian frontline bowler is taken for a lot in his recent games and for Sunrisers, which is termed as the best bowling team, they need Bhuvneshwar Kumar to bounce back.
1.Rashid Khan- Sunrisers Hyderabad
Khan claimed figures of three for 19 for Sunrises Hyderabad in a 14-run win against Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in Kolkata on Friday.
Khan led Hyderabad to the final of the 2018 IPL with an impressive performance. The 19-year-old first scored crucial 34 not out off just 10 balls with the help of two fours and four sixes, and later went on to claim wickets of dangerous Chris Lynn, veteran middle-order batsman Robin Uthappa and all-rounder Andre Russell. That was not it as he also finished with an economy-rate of 4.75 — the best by any bowler in the match. Expect more fireworks from him in the all-important finale against Chennai Super Kings on Sunday.
2.Shakib Al Hasan- Sunrisers Hyderabad
Al Hasan claimed figures of one for 16 for Sunrises Hyderabad in a 14-run win against Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in Kolkata on Friday.
Al Hasan had another outstanding day with the bowl for Hyderabad. The left-arm spinner claimed the scalp of Kolkata captain Dinesh Karthik and also finished with an economy-rate of 5.33, second-best by any bowler in the match. He will be next in action against Chennai Super Kings on Sunday.
3.Carlos Brathwaite- Sunrisers Hyderabad
Brathwaite claimed figures of two for 15 for Sunrises Hyderabad in a 14-run win against Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in Kolkata on Friday.
Brathwaite played an inspirational role for his team. The World T20 winning all-rounder not only claimed wickets of Shubman Gill and Shivam Mavi but also finished with an economy-rate of 7.50. He will be next in action against Chennai Supers Kings on Sunday.
4.Kuldeep Yadav – Kolkata Knight Riders
Yadav claimed figures of two for 29 for Kolkata Knight Riders in a 14-run defeat against Sunrises Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in Kolkata on Friday.
Yadav produced an inspirational performance for the team in a losing cause. The 23-year-old claimed scalps of Hyderabad captain Kane Williamson and Shikhar Dhawan and also finished with an economy-rate of 7.25, second-best by any Kolkata bowler. Yadav finished the tournament with 17 wickets at an average of 24.58.
When: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, Qualifier II, May 25, 2018
Where: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Conditions: Clear Skies, watch out for spinners.
Both the teams are unlikely to change the combinations. KKR tasted many wins recently with this team, whereas, this by far is the best line-up for SRH.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Javon Searles, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Prasidh Krishna
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Shikhar Dhawan, Shreevats Goswami, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Carlos Brathwaite, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma
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The final hurdle is here. The team that wins this encounter will travel to Mumbai and will face Chennai Super Kings in the final.
Sunrisers Hyderabad comparatively will have high pressure as they are coming off from four consecutive loss while Kolkata is coming off from consecutive wins and in their last encounter, Kolkata won convincingly. Who will win today?
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No wonder why Kolkata retained him for this year’s IPL. One of the contenders for MVP, Russell will look into providing another top-notch performance at Edens.
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No batsman in this world has picked up Rashid Khan’s variations. He is the match-winner for the team.
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The KKR captain has raised his game to the next level in recent matches. Be it chasing or taking the team to a good total, Karthik has done extraordinarily well.
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Despite being a regular pick in the team, Hasan is having a poor run in this year’s IPL. With the bat, his strike-rate is lower than it was in the previous years and with the ball he has gone more than ten runs per over.
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The youngster has done well, and now he leads the bowling attack for KKR. He rarely misses his line and length and keeps it straight and simple. Probably, one of the best finds in this year’s IPL.
The inexperienced Pakistan team will look to repeat the history at Lord’s when they take on England.
England, on the other hand, will be looking to make a good start for their home season as they suffered two consecutive series loss before this match.
Pakistan will most likely stick with the same line-up that won against Ireland a few days back.
Here are the players to watch out for:
Shadab Khan (Pak): The young Pakistan spinner had an excellent start to the series with the practice match that concluded recently. He sure will carry the momentum to the game at Lord’s.
Joe Root (Eng): The England captain has a point to prove here as one of the best in the game both with bat and as a captain. Root will look to convert his starts at least which is looking like a nightmare for him.
Imam-ul-Haq (Pak): Imam played well in the practice matches which will ease the pressure on him when he comes to bat at Lord’s. The youngster will be looking to answer his critics with his bat.
Jos Buttler (Eng): After a great run at IPL, the England keeper will try to make full use of his second chance to represent the country.
When: Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 7 PM IST
Where: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
What to expect: A cloudy evening with thunderstorms expected
KKR will not make any further changes to the team and will go in with the same line-up.
Probable XI: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Dinesh Karthik (c&wk), Andre Russell, Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Javon Searles, Piyush Chawla, Prasidh Krishna, Kuldeep Yadav
Rajasthan Royals will go with the same line-up but there will be few changes in the batting order.
Probable XI: Ajinkya Rahane (c), Rahul Tripathi, Sanju Samson, Heinrich Klassen (wk), Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Stuart Binny, Ish Sodhi, Jaydev Unadkat, Ben Laughlin
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