Chennai super Kings win the toss, elected to field
Sunrisers Hyderabad 178/6 (20 overs)
Chennai Super Kings 181/2 (18.3 overs)
Chennai Super Kings won by 8 wickets (9 balls remaining)
The 2018 season of Indian Premier League (IPL) was the 11th edition of IPL which was held from 7th April 2018 to 27th May 2018. This edition also marked the return of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) after being banned for two years. The return of Chennai Super Kings, one of the most competitive and loved team of the IPL which also marked the return of former Indian captain MS Dhoni returning back to the captaincy to lead its old side in IPL 2018 made this edition of IPL more anticipated than ever among the fans.
Chennai Super Kings:
Chennai Super Kings lead by MS Dhoni after being banned for two seasons making a comeback in 2018 makes a strong statement by reaching finals in the 11th edition of IPL.
One interesting thing was that the CSK was the oldest team in terms of the average age of players which lead to questions about the fitness of the players but still managing to win their 3rd IPL title.
Chennai Super Kings came 2nd in the League Table and came into a good form in the final winning 3 out their last 5 games.
They won all the 3 games by chasing the target out of which 2 of them were against their opponents in the final Sunrisers Hyderabad.CSK also defeated the Sunrisers Hyderabad in Qualifier 1 while chasing at the same venue where the final was going to be played.
Ambati Raydu was the batsman to look out before the final considering his form and also the century against the same opposition which helped Chennai Super Kings defeat Sunrisers Hyderabad
Sunrisers Hyderabad, one of the favorite teams considered for winning the title deservedly booking their place in the final. Sunrisers had a huge blow before the start of the tournament because of their explosive Australian opener who was retained before the auction getting banned from IPL 2018 due to the sandpaper controversy and was also forced to resign as their Captain.
Alex Hales was named as his replacement and Kane Williamson was announced as the captain. • Sunrisers Hyderabad had topped the group table in the league stage lead by their captain Kane Williamson, who was also the top scorer of the 11th edition of the IPL. They were in a red hot form during the start of the tournament but their form dipped in the later part of the group stages
. They only won 1 out of their last 5 matches out of which two of their losses came against their opponent in the final Chennai Super Kings. The match they won was the Qualifier 2 against Kolkata Knight riders while defending the total which led them to the finals.
Their premium bowler Rashid Khan was the major reason for their win in the Qualifier 2 and was one of the players to watch for along with Kane Williamson before the finals
Match Venue Stats for IPL 2018 Final– Wankhede Stadium
There were 8 matches played before the final at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai including the Qualifier 1.
It can be clearly seen from the chart that there is no difference in winning percentage at this venue if you either defend or chase the total after winning the toss.
It indicates that the teams after winning the toss should decide based on their strength to either bat or ball first as it indicates that the pitch remains the same throughout the match.
- Key Points
- It can be seen from the graph that the average score in the second innings is a little low compared to the first innings. This leads to a possible question then how is the win ratio is almost equal when you either bat first or second.
- The reason behind the above point is the contrasting difference of runs between first and second innings in two matches which were won by the team batting first.
- One match was between MI V/S RCB where the first innings score was 213/6 and the second innings score was 167/8 which leads to a difference of 46 runs which huge in terms of T20 cricket.
- While the other match was a low scoring affair between SRH and MI where the first innings total was 118/10 and the second innings total was 87/10 making a difference of 31 runs. •
- These two contests make a difference of 9.6 runs on an average in first innings which leads to a high average score in first innings.
Road to Final – Stats Comparison
Chennai Super King and Sunrisers Hyderabad Win Percentage Comparison
The graph clearly indicates that Chennai Super King prefers chasing rather than defending the target having won 7 out of 9 matches when chasing while only winning 3 out their 6 matches while defending the target.
For Sunrisers Hyderabad the case has been different. They have had an equal amount of ratio of winning either while chasing or defending the target. They won 5 out of their 8 matches in both the scenario.
Average Runs scored/Conceded innings wise comparison.
A. Teams when batting first
The figures in the graph show that Chennai Super Kings score quite heavily in the first innings while SunRisers Hyderabad does not score at a very good pace but then Sunrisers Hyderabad does not concede much in the second innings in compared to Chennai Super Kings. Let’s get into details for both teams individually to know more about the reasons behind it.
Chennai Super Kings:
One of the major questions here for Chennai Super Kings here is that even though the runs scored per over in the first innings is way more than the runs they concede in the second innings then how have they lost 3 out of 6 matches while batting first.
The answer to it is that Chennai Super Kings have 2 scores of 200+ out of 6 matches which fluctuates the runs scored per match due to the size of the sample. The 3 matches that Chennai Super King won while batting first had the scores of 180+ out of which 2 scores were 200+. Further the match they won when the score was 182 while defending was by a mere margin of 4 runs. While the remaining matches had a score between 160-180 and Chennai Super Kings failed to defend them all. It can be said even with the limited data that Chennai Super Kings needed to score heavily in the first innings in order to win the matches while defending the target in IPL 2018. •
Chennai Super Kings only loose on an average 3 wickets per match before the death overs which allows the hitters coming down the order like DJ Bravo and MS Dhoni to score freely in death overs. As a result and also shown in the graph that Chennai Super Kings score quite heavily in death overs and score at a good run rate in powerplay and middle overs as well
Sunrisers Hyderabad has done well while defending the score having won 5 out of their 8 matches. They have defended scores of less than 160 in 4 out of the 5 matches which shows how good their bowling is while defending the scores. They had the quality bowling line up having the likes of Bhubaneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Shakib Al Hasan, and find of the season for them Siddharth Kaul.
Rashid Khan had bowled the most dot ball in IPL 2018 which also helped them to concede less runs in the middle overs as well which can be seen in the graph. He also won 4 out of 9 man of the match awards for them which also indicates that their bowling has played a major role in winning the matches compared to batting.
Shikhar Dhawan and Kane Williamson has scored the majority of the runs for them. They have lacked the hitting power in death overs. Their middle and lower-middle order did not have much success and have failed to capitalize on the platform laid by the openers compared to their opponents. Sunrisers have lost on an average 7 wickets per match in first innings. Before death overs they lost on an average 4 wickets per match but have lost 3 wickets in death overs i.e in the span of 5 overs which shows their vulnerability and one of the reasons for lack of runs in death overs.
2 out of the 3 matches have been lost against Chennai Super Kings while defending. We will get into more detail later in the report.
B. Teams batting second
While comparing Chennai Super Kings and Sun risers Hyderabad there has not been much difference in runs conceded in the first innings except for death overs where SRH has been marginally better in bowling at death overs compared to CSK. While chasing the target as well the major difference is in the death overs where CSK has scored in a way better-run rate compared to SRH. We will get into more detail for each team to find out the reasons behind it.
- Chennai Super Kings:
It can be questioned from the graph that how has CSK won 7 out of 9 matches while chasing when they conceded more runs in first innings compared to runs scored in 2nd innings. The reason behind it is that from the 2 matches they lost one of them was lost by a margin of 34 runs which makes a difference because when they win the match while batting second the difference is very marginal, maximum of 6 runs so even with the balls left when they would have the capacity to score more runs it won’t be reflected and the margin of loosing while chasing made the difference. •
They have also been able to chase more than 200 twice one against Kolkata Knight Riders while others against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Against KKR it was the team effort with every batsman contributing from top to lower middle order while against RCB it was the brilliance of Ambati Rayudu and MS Dhoni in the death overs helping them to cross the line. – Sunrisers Hyderabad:
From the graph it can be seen that Sunrisers Hyderabad problem has been the death overs in 2nd innings as well. They have not been able to score at the rate closer to rate with the runs conceded in death overs. They have only been able to chase above 160 on 2 out of 5 instances which again indicates the problem they have in batting. • Further the 2 instances they have won have been both against Delhi Daredevils. One of them was a rare instance where their middle-order contributed as well while in the other it was Shikhar Dhawan and Kane Williamson (their top two run-scorers) who finished the match.
From the pre match analysis explained above, we can conclude that following are strengths and weaknesses for both teams
Chennai Super Kings :
- Very good while chasing the target.
- Explosive in death overs.
- Not dependent on individual performances as a batting unit but good contributions from majority of players.
- Good Bowling in middle overs while bowling first.
Sun Risers Hyderabad :
- Bowlers doing well when defending the target and able to defend small totals.
- . Top 3 in brilliant form.
- Bowlers bowling well as unit especially in middle and death overs.
- Top-order able to lay platform in powerplay and middle overs.
Chennai Super Kings
- Bowlers conceding too many in death overs. 2.
- Not able to defend the target due to lack of inexperience of bowlers. 3.
- Lack of runs in middle overs while chasing.
Sun Risers Hyderabad
- Not able to chase high scores. 2.
- Dependent on one or two players as a batting unit. 3.
- Middle and lower-middle order not contributing enough and failed to take advantage of death overs.
IPL 2018 Final Match Report
Chennai Super Kings won the toss and elected to field first, which was a good decision considering their record while chasing but it was also good for Sunrisers Hyderabad as they have been quite good while defending the target. Sunrisers had put a very good score in the first innings considering their bowling strength and the record they had while defending the target and also the pressure of chasing in a final. But Chennai Super Kings quite easily won the match in the end with 9 balls to spare result of individual brilliance of Shane Watson.
SRH after being put in to bat first made a cautious start having scored 42/1 in the powerplay which has been the story of their powerplay so far this season. And once again the honors of building and innings were on Shikhar Dhawan and Kane Williamson. They were able to do so by building a partnership of 51 from 43 balls, the partnership was steady but not at a very brisk run rate. Shikhar Dhawan had played well against the bowlers turning the ball back into him scoring at a strike rate of more than 150 against them and saw the opportunity against Ravindra Jadeja.
Unfortunately, he got out in the 3rd ball of the first over of Ravindra Jadeja. Shikhar Dhawan managed to score 26 but took 25 balls for the same. They performed well in middle overs scoring 84 runs off 9 overs way above then their performance this season but lost 2 major wickets, Shikhar Dhawan and Kane Williamson. Fortunately, their lower middle order came into the party into the final scoring 52 runs in death overs at the rate of 10 per over. One of the issues for SRH of not scoring many runs in death over was not a problem with the final result of Yusuf Pathan’s blistering 45 of 25 balls. Though after scoring 16 of 18th over they were only able to score 18 of last two overs.
CSK were no different from their previous games in terms of bowling in first innings. They conceded slightly more than the average runs conceded in the tournament and even though after not conceding many runs in the powerplay they failed to capitalize it and leaked the runs even in death overs to SRH who were not very good in the death overs especially after the departure of Kane Williamson and Shikhar Dhawan. CSK also failed to recognize the danger of Yusuf Pathan as even though he has not been in the best of forms in IPL 2018 his record in previous two matches against CSK should have been an eye-opener. He scored 73 runs at a strike rate of 120 in his previous two matches against CSK in spite of him averaging around low 20 for the rest of the season before finals.
Also DJ bravo had not been very good at death this season for CSK deciding to bowl him again at death cost them few more runs. Though Bringing Karan Sharma for this match worked wonders as he took the key wicket of Kane Williamson. The reason I feel behind that is shown below in the graph. Though he did not get out before the match to leg spinner his strike rate was at the lower end indicating he was having problems facing leg spinners.
Though Sunrisers Hyderabad had put a competitive total in the finals and had a good bowling attack, you cannot write Chennai Super Kings due to their strength solid batting depth and their record of chasing big totals this IPL.
Chennai Super Kings started very cautiously scoring only 10 from the first 3 overs which included a maiden from Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The strategy was to face off Bhuvneshwar Kumar especially by Shane Watson. He was dismissed by Bhubaneshwar Kumar in the last 2 of 3 matches against SRH that too very cheaply. Shane Watson opened his account on the 11th ball of his innings. This pressure got to Faf du Plessis resulting in his wicket in the powerplay. SRH generally only bowl two overs of Bhuvneshwar in powerplay but decided to bowl 3rd over of Bhuvneshwar Kumar seeing the approach of Shane Watson against Bhuvneshwar and his past record against Bhuvneshwar Kumar in this edition of IPL and hoping for a wicket but Shane Watson did not let his nerves get better of him and cautiously saw of the third over of Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Shane Watson got out twice to Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the last 3 matches against SRH. He scored runs at an average of 6.77 and strike rate of 95 against Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Shane Watson then decided to take on the young bowlers Sandeep Sharma and in the last over of the power play which paid off and CSK scored 15 runs off the last over of the powerplay. CSK only scored 35/1 in the powerplay which was way below average compared to their previous powerplay scores in this Season. It was an advantage SRH and Kane Williamson brought his strike bowler Rashid Khan in search of wickets in the 7th over.
CSK kept their cautious approach against Rashid Khan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar only scoring 44 of their 8 overs but more important they did not give away any wickets. They saw off SRH’s two best bowlers without giving away any wickets. Siddharth Kaul who took 21 wickets in this season of IPLwas not able to take any wicket in the final making matters worse for SRH. CSK knew if they had wickets in hand they have the batting depth to cover up for the lost runs. And they did the same. They took on the less experienced and young bowlers scoring 95 runs off 9 overs between them giving away only 1 wicket. Shakib Al Hasan and Carlos Braithwaite also were taken for runs leaking 42 runs in their 3.3 overs.
Rashid Khan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar not able to take wickets hurt Sun Risers Hyderabad even though they got good first innings score in the final and for Chennai Super Kings their approach to keep wickets in hand and see off the best bowlers paid off with Shane Watson showing individual brilliance and not much could have been done against him the way he was playing.
Author: Bijen Sheth