The IPL 2023 finals are just a week away with the fight to reach there starting today when Gujarat Titans (GT) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) lock horns in the first qualifier at Chepauk. They are the top two teams and whoever wins will play the final on May 28 in Ahmedabad. And the other team will get another chance to reach the IPL 2023 finals. Today, we will talk about who are the two teams who can play in the finals of IPL 2023.
We have seen some amazing performances in the 70-league stage games. The four deserving teams advanced to the playoffs and the race to win the IPL 2023 title starts today. Let’s see who are the four teams in the IPL 2023 playoffs and who has a better chance to go to the IPL 2023 finals.
Right from the start, they have been phenomenal. They started their IPL 2023 campaign against CSK with a win by 5 wickets. Gujarat Titans finished at the top of the points table with 10 wins in 14 games.
GT has ticked all the boxes this season, just like the last season. They have a very balanced side and in both the department (batting and bowling), they have been exceptional. GT’s batters are doing well and their bowlers are complimenting them equally as well. Although, captain Hardik Pandya himself is struggling to get going with both bat and ball.
GT was outstanding last year as well
Last year as well, they won the title in their first outings in the tournament. They have the batters in form and the middle order is firing as well to control the damage.
Also, they have a very good bowling attack with two bowlers who are at the top of the highest wicket-takers list in IPL 2023. They will be the strongest contender to play in the IPL 2023 finals.
Chennai Super Kings
CSK shows this year why they are one of the most successful franchises in IPL history. Last year, they finished 2nd last in the points table with just 4 wins in 14 games. Comes the IPL 2023, they are in the top 2 of the points table.
CSK has played most playoffs in IPL history and also won 4 titles. This year, MS Dhoni led the team very well, just like he does every time, and uses his resources very well. There are a few good players in the team but not such big names.
Players like M Pathirana, Deepak Chahar, A Rahane, Shivam Dube, etc have done well for CSK. And Ruturaj and Conway also did well as a pair. Ravindra Jadeja has done well with the ball and MS Dhoni looks in great touch in whatever opportunities he got in the death overs.
CSK knows how to win big games and it will be a challenge for GT to stop them. They are also one of the strongest contenders to play in the IPL 2023 finals. Also, because they will get two chances to reach the finals, the chances will become increases.
Lucknow Super Giants
LSG has done well ever since they came into the tournament last year. They also played in the playoffs last year in their first outings in the tournament. And this year as well, they managed to be in the top 4.
They won their last three games in league stages under pressure, when it mattered the most. Also, they have done it without their regular captain KL Rahul, who got injured and ruled out of IPL 2023.
They have some big hitters in the middle order in the name of Marcus Stoinis and Nicholas Pooran. Both the overseas batters have done well and they will be crucial in the knockouts against a big team like Mumbai Indians (MI).
If we see the four top teams in IPL 2023, people will give LSG lesser chances to reach the IPL 2023 finals because of the experience. Also, it’s a new franchise and the fan base is not big for the team. But you never underestimate the team who is in the top 4. They played good cricket throughout the tournament and they will surprise us at any time in the tournament.
Mumbai Indians (MI)
MI came back from behind, winning the last 5 games out of 7 in IPL 2023. MI knows how to handle pressure and they have done it in the past as well. They are the most successful franchise in IPL history for a reason. It will be a tough task for LSG to beat MI in the eliminator. And who knows, if MI beat LSG in the eliminator, they might win their 6th title as well.
Which two teams are more likely to go in IPL 2023 finals?
All the four teams played good cricket in the tournament. But we are predicting the IPL 2023 finals between Gujarat Titans and Mumbai Indians. Just because MI handles the pressure well and GT has a very settled side and won the title last year.
But these are just predictions according to our instincts. You never eliminate team like CSK who are one of the biggest franchises in IPL history. Also, it might be MS Dhoni’s last IPL. So teams would want him to finish well and win the title.
Also, LSG would love to win their first title. And they will give their everything to make this happens.
Let’s see who will play in the finals and who will win the title in IPL 2023. What’s your prediction? Comment down below.
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