IPL final 2023: Qualification, teams and predictions

The Indian Premier League is in its last two games. Qualifier Two and the IPL FInal 2023. What is Ashtoninshing that the three teams that are in contention to win the IPL 2023 have shared 10 trophies between them. The four-time IPL Winner Chennai Super Kings are the first team to reach the IPL final 2023. They will wait for the winners of the Qualifier 2 to find their opponents.

The IPL qualifier 2 will be played at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad, between the defending champions Gujarat Titans and the most decorated IPL team with 5 trophies, Mumbai Indians. Fans will want the archrivals MI to join CSK for the IPL Final 2023, but beating the number one team from the group stage won’t be easy for Rohit Sharma and the company. 

Qualified team for the IPL 2023 Final

Chennai Super Kings

MS Dhoni has given the yellow army a chance to put a happy face until Sunday for the 10th time in the history of the IPL. CSK is the first team to qualify for the IPL Final 2023. They beat GT by 15 runs at their home ground in the first IPL Qualifier. CSK put a target of 173 for the defending champions on a slow outfield. 

First, Deepak Chahar and then spin duos Jadeja and Theeksana broke the GT’s lineup to give a well-deserving victory to CSK. This was the first time CSK beat GT in the IPL. Going into the IPL Final will be an altogether different scenario for CSK. They will be playing at Ahmedabad, and there is a high chance that they might face the home side in the finals.

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Devon Conway & Ruturaj Gaikwad played the key role in CSK's qualification for IPL Final 2023 (Photo Credit: Icon Sport)

For CSK, both batters and bowlers have played their parts throughout the season. The only weak link for them will be the poor form of Ambati Rayudu. But the veteran is giving them quick 15-20 runs in the middle, eventually helping win the crunch games. The CSK openers have been terrific this season. The duo, Conway (625 runs) & Gaikwad (564 runs), had put an 87 runs stand against GT. Their form will be crucial in the IPL final. 

Tushar Deshpande leads the wicket chart for CSK with 21 wickets. He hasn’t taken many wickets in the last few games, but Deepak Chahar has risen from the injuries and providing CSK the early breakthroughs. All eyes will be on Jadeja, who has taken 19 wickets so far, including the 2 for 18 against GT in the qualifier 1. 

Teams in Contention for the IPL Final 2023

Gujarat Titans

The defending champions have missed the boat to qualify for the finals directly. But they still have a chance. They simply have to beat MI in the IPL Qualifier. But the road will be tougher, seeing the history between these two teams.  

For GT, Shubhman Gill will be the key to beating MI. The opener has 722 runs in 15 games with 2 centuries and 4 half-centuries. And he is just 8 runs shy from getting the Orange Cap. GT has to work around their middle order, which hasn’t clicked much in the last few games.

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Mohammed Shami and Rashid Khan have taken 51 wickets together this season at an average of 18. Shami also has the purple cap. But the other bowlers need to bounce back from the lack of wickets.

Mumbai Indians

Mumbai Indians added another feather by reaching the Qualifier 2 of the IPL 2023. The Blues beat LSG by 81 runs in the eliminator. Akash Madhwal took 5 wickets for 5 runs to hand over a defeat to LSG. MI will be high on confidence after back-to-back convincing wins.

Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav failed to take Mumbai to a respectable total against Punjab

Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, and Cameroon Green will be MI’s batters to watch out for. While Sky is the leading run-scorer for MI this season, Cameroon Gren has performed well with the bat in the last two games. This includes a century and a 42-run knock against GT. Nehal Wadhera will be another batter (Impact Sub) to look out for. Tilak Verma's comeback has given MI more hope to qualify for the IPL Final 2023.

Akash Madhwal has been phenomenal for MI. The pacer has 9 wickets in the last two games. Veteran spinner Piyush Chawala is the leading wicket-taker for MI with 21 wickets. 

Who can we see in the IPL Final 2023?

If we see the stats between MI and GT, MI has two victories in three games. But the game is at Ahmedabad. At Ahmedabad, Gill has 627 runs in 11 games at an average of 78.38 and a century in the last game.GT has 4 wins this season here. 

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We can see GT eying revenge in the IPL final match against CSK.

When is the IPL Final 2023?

The most awaited final of the IPL 2023 will be played at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad, on 28th May.

GT and CSK are most likely to go into the IPL 2023 Final at Narendra Modi Stadium.