CSK-led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni will look to level the record for most IPL title wins, while GT led by Hardik Pandya will aim for their second successive title and two in two seasons at the toughest T20 league in the world.
GT opened their season with two successive wins, including the victory over CSK in the league stage, followed by a defeat to Kolkata Knight Riders, but have since won 9 of 13 matches with the recent result being a comprehensive win against Mumbai Indians in the eliminator.
CSK, on the other hand, opened their campaign with defeat to GT, but bounced back with two successive wins before being pegged back at home by Rajasthan Royals. They, however, have won seven in the last 11 matches with recent result being victory over GT in qualifier 1.
GT and CSK have already met twice earlier this season. First in the curtain-raiser in Ahmedabad, where CSK rode on Ruturaj Gaikwad’s 92 to set a target of 179, which was chased down by GT with five wickets in hand and 4 balls to spare thanks to Shubman Gill’s 63.
In the qualifier 1 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, CSK rode on Gaikwad’s 60 to set a target of 173 before an all-round bowling effort helped bundle out GT for 157 to seal a 15-run win.
The two sides will now clash for the third time this season and for the second time at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, where several players including CSK skipper MS Dhoni and GT captain Hardik Pandya, have a chance to reach milestones or break records.
Players Approaching Milestones in CSK vs GT IPL 2023 Final
▶ MS Dhoni (Chennai Super Kings) will become the first player to make 250 appearances in IPL.
▶ Mohit Sharma (Gujarat Titans) will make his 100th IPL appearance. The pacer is also 3 wickets away from 150 wickets in T20 Cricket (overall).
▶ Deepak Chahar (Chennai Super Kings) is 1 wicket away from completing 150 runs in T20 cricket (overall).
▶ Hardik Pandya (Gujarat Titans) is 2 wickets away from completing 150 runs in T20 cricket (overall).
▶ Ravindra Jadeja (Chennai Super Kings) is 2 maximums away from completing 100 sixes in IPL.
▶ Ajinkya Rahane (Chennai Super Kings) is 61 runs away from completing 6000 runs in T20 cricket (overall). He is also 6 maximums away from 100 sixes in IPL.
▶ Ambati Rayudu (Chennai Super Kings) is 4 fours away from 500 fours in T20 cricket (overall). He is also 87 runs away from completing 2000 runs for CSK in IPL.
▶ Mohammed Shami (Gujarat Titans) is 2 wickets away from completing 50 wickets for GT in IPL.
▶ Rashid Khan (Gujarat Titans) is 4 wickets away from completing 50 wickets for GT in IPL.
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