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CSK opt to bowl against GT in IPL final

AFP . Ahmedabad
29 May 2023 20:35:08 | Update: 29 May 2023 20:43:47
CSK opt to bowl against GT in IPL final
Chennai Super Kings' players arrive on the field before the start of the Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 final cricket match between Gujarat Titans and Chennai Super Kings at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on May 29, 2023 — AFP Photo

Chennai Super Kings skipper M.S. Dhoni won the toss and elected to bowl first against holders Gujarat Titans in the Indian Premier League final on Monday.

Play was washed out on Sunday without a ball being bowled after rain and thunderstorms hit the western city of Ahmedabad, disappointing the crowd at the world's biggest cricket stadium.

The match was then pushed back to Monday's reserve day.

The final is believed to be Dhoni's last as a player and thousands of fans wearing the superstar cricketer's yellow jersey have returned to the 132,000-capacity stadium.

Chennai will be aiming for a record-equalling fifth title to go level with IPL powerhouse Mumbai Indians, led by all-format India captain Rohit Sharma.

With rain predicted and dark clouds hovering, Dhoni, who is playing his 250th IPL match, preferred to field. Chennai has gone with the same team that beat Gujarat in the first play-off last week.

Gujarat have extended their fairytale journey, which began with a title win in their debut season last year at the same venue.

Skipper Hardik Pandya returns with the same team that hammered Mumbai in the final playoff.

Teams –

Gujarat Titans: Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shubman Gill, Sai Sudharsan, Hardik Pandya (capt), Vijay Shankar, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Mohit Sharma, Noor Ahmad, Mohammed Shami

Chennai Super Kings: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Ajinkya Rahane, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, M.S. Dhoni (capt, wk), Deepak Chahar, Matheesha Pathirana, Tushar Deshpande, Maheesh Theekshana

Umpires: Nitin Menon (IND), Rod Tucker (AUS)

TV Umpire: KN Ananthapadmanabhan (IND)

Match Referee: Javagal Srinath (IND)