Winner of second qualifier to meet CSK in grand final

Chennai Super made their way to a 10th Indian Premier League final with a 15-run win over powerhouse Gujarat Titans in Qualifier 1 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Chasing 173, Gujarat could only manage 157, the first time they were bowled out in Indian Premier League 2023. This was also CSK’s first win in four attempts against Hardik Pandya’s team, and it the yellow army couldn’t have chosen a more opportune juncture to buck the trend.

The Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, the venue for the second qualifier set to be played between Gujarat Titans and Mumbai Indians, is known for its sporting surface. In the Indian Premier League 2023, the average first-innings score at the world’s largest cricket stadium rose to an impressive 187, showcasing the batters’ skill in taking full advantage of the conducive conditions. The winner of the match tonight will face Chennai Super Kings in the final at the same venue on Sunday.

Mumbai Indians and Gujarat Titans will be squaring off for the third time this season, having won the tie on their respective home ground during the league stage. Since winning the IPL 2022 final in what was their inaugural season as a franchise, the Titans have played seven league games this season at the Narendra Modi Stadium, winning five and losing on three occasions. They conceded two games while defending totals against Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals, besides a five-run defeat against Delhi Capitals.