The 16th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is nearing its summit clash. The IPL 2023 final date is set for May 28, 2023 (Sunday) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) along with Gujarat Titans have already booked their ticket for the summit clash. The final is set to commence at 7 PM IST and the iconic Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
A total of four teams made it to the IPL 2023 Playoffs with Gujarat Titans and CSK ending the league stage at the top two positions while Lucknow Super Giants and Mumbai Indians finished at the third and fourth place. According to the playoffs rules, the team winning Qualifier 1 makes it directly to the final.
Accordingly, CSK defeated Gujarat Titans to seal their spot on the said IPL final match date. Coming back to the playoffs, Lucknow Super Giants faced Mumbai Indians in the Eliminator at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. The five-time champions put up a sensational show to knock LSG out of the competition.
Gujarat Titans and Mumbai Indians lock horns against each other to set the IPL 2023 final date with four-time champions CSK, where Gujarat came out winners.
What happened in Qualifier 1?
Qualifier 1 occurred between Chennai Super Kings and Gujarat Titans on May 23, with the winners advancing to the summit clash. GT skipper Hardik Pandya opted to bowl first with the anticipation that dew would make an appearance at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai in the second half.
Opening the innings for CSK, Ruturaj Gaikwad played a fine hand of 60 off 44 balls while Devon Conway scratched his way to 30. But once these two players got out, the going got tough for CSK. The likes of Ajinkya Rahane, and Ambati Rayudu played cameos scoring 17 runs each off 10 and 9 balls respectively.
Ravindra Jadeja, however, played a decent hand to remain unbeaten till the end. He scored 22 runs off just 16 balls with two fours while Moeen Ali also smacked a crucial six in the final over as CSK posted 172 runs on the board for the loss of seven wickets.
To qualify for the IPL final 2023 date, May 28, GT had to bat well and especially start on a good note. However, Wriddhiman Saha got out early and even skipper Hardik Pandya was sent back early. Shubman Gill batted patiently waiting for the right opportunity but lack of support at the other end meant he also lost his wicket in a bid to score quick runs.
Rashid Khan tried to take the game to the opposition scoring 30 off just 16 but he was left to do a little too much in the end. GT got bowled out for 157 falling short by 15 runs as CSK qualified, with the IPL 2023 final date on May 28.
What happened in the Eliminator?
As far as the Eliminator is concerned, Mumbai Indians played their best cricket against LSG in this encounter. After losing the toss, Cameron Green scored 41 runs and Suryakumar Yadav slammed 33 runs while the real impetus to the score was given by the Impact Sub player Nehal Wadhera, scoring 23 runs from 12 balls with two fours and as many sixes. MI managed to post 182 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in their 20 overs.
In response, Akash Madhwal of MI blew away LSG with his terrific spell. LSG were never in the chase even though Marcus Stoinis seemed to take the game away from them at one stage. However, once the second wicket partnership between him and Krunal Pandya was broken, LSG lost 8 wickets for just 32 runs as they got bundled out for 101 runs in the 17th over.
Madhwal returned with the magical figures of 5/5 in 3.3 overs and broke several records in the evening.
What happened in Qualifier 2?
Gujarat displayed an explosive start, led by the young talent Shubman Gill. In the crucial match, Gill played aggressively and reached a century in just 49 balls, marking his third hundred in four IPL innings. His remarkable innings included 10 sixes, contributing to his total score of 129.
With Gujarat Titans setting a formidable target of 233-3, Mumbai Indians found themselves constantly playing catch-up throughout the game. Gill's onslaught proved to be too much for Mumbai as they struggled to find a response. In Qualifier 2, four out of Mumbai's six bowlers conceded more than 10 runs per over. Although Gill's dismissal provided a brief respite, Hardik Pandya posed a further challenge, contributing an unbeaten 28 runs off just 13 balls. Pandya's quickfire innings helped Gujarat Titans reach a commanding total of 233-3.
In their pursuit, Mumbai Indians' Suryakumar Yadav showed some resistance, but the target proved insurmountable in the end. Unable to overcome the steep score, Mumbai Indians were eliminated from the IPL 2023 tournament.
When is IPL final 2023?
IPL 2023 final details:
When: May 28, 2023, Sunday
Where: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Toss: 7 PM IST