IPL 2018 final: Will CSK beat the SRH bowling onslaught once again, or will Rashid Khan have the last laugh?

sports/cricket | 27 May 2018 10:31 AM (UTC)
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Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings have made a comeback that will go down in the history books as one of the most riveting of all time. However, Sunrisers is still a deadly force to reckon with. 

Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings have made a comeback that will go down in the history books as one of the most riveting of all time. The group was, early on, written off as a team consisting of has-beens and 'senior citizens'. But the Kings have shot down their critics with blistering performances, not only from their legendary captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni but also from Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina and Dwayne Bravo.

Sunrisers, who lost to Chennai in Qualifier 1, is still a deadly force to reckon with. While Kane Williamson and Shikhar Dhawan always deliver with the bat, they hardly need to worry. With bowlers like Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, all-rounder Shakib Al-Hasan, Siddharth Kaul and the prodigal Rashid Khan, any batting line-up looks like a pack of cards waiting to be blown away by the four horsemen.

Now let us look at their past performances:

CSK has got the 'vintage Dhoni' back. He has been in top form and played according to his moniker 'the finisher'. Ambati Rayudu is fourth in the list of top scorers this season. Suresh Raina has been consistently scoring runs and keeping CSK out of trouble. They've received ample support from different batsmen in different games. Kedar Jadhav, Sam Billings and Faf du Plessis have all bailed CSK out at crucial moments.

In the bowling department, they have South African Lungi Ngidi, who has six wickets from 10 games and he will be assisted by Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar and Dwayne Bravo.

Sunrisers Hyderabad has the orange cap holder of this season in Kane Williamson, who will be assisted by Shikhar Dhawan and Manish Pandey in the batting department. But their ultimate weapon is the boy from Jalalabad, Rashid Khan. The Afghan single-handedly destroyed Kolkata Knight Riders in Qualifier two, first blasting a ten-ball 34 and then going on to take three for 19 runs. He has been helped by Siddharth Kaul, who is probably the best bowler from India this season. Both Rashid and Siddharth have picked 21 wickets in 16 matches.

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