IPL 2018: Brendon McCullum is torn between the two finalist teams

IPL 2018: Brendon McCullum is torn between the two finalist teams

The final on Sunday begins at 7 PM, and the two captains will meet for toss half an hour before that.

Kane Williamson & MS Dhoni
Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni and Sunrisers Hyderabad captain Kane Williamson. (Photo by Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

On Sunday, May 27, Mumbai’s Wankhede stadium will see yet another high-profile clash between the two finalists of IPL 2018 – Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad. This will bring an end to the month and a half long tournament, studded with star performances, unbelievable catches and nail-biting finishes. Among the 8 participating teams, SRH and CSK have been the most consistent ones, thus justifying the line-up of the final match completely.

This will be the seventh final CSK plays, out of the nine times they have played the tournament; while only the second for SRH. However, the last time they were here in 2016, they took the cup home beating RCB by 8 runs. Virat Kohli’s team had a really low-key IPL this year, but one of their players have all the reasons to be excited about it.

Baz tweets ahead of the final

Brendon McCullum has shared on his Twitter account that he is torn between supporting CSK and SRH, as both the teams have his fellow Kiwis at key positions. His former captain Stephen Fleming is the head coach of Chennai, while his successor in the New Zealand team, Kane Williamson is the captain of Hyderabad. Nevertheless, he expects it to be a “ripping final”. He also expressed regret at not being able to be there as one of the finalists but wishes the boys good luck for the game.

Both the teams have been the most consistent among all the rest and qualified being at the top of the table, which only justifies that they get to go head-to-head for the final match. SRH almost bagged their direct pass to the finals in their encounter in the first qualifier, but a brilliant show by Faf du Plessis and later on a quick inning by Shardul Thakur sealed the deal for CSK. But on the other hand, SRH’s trump player Rashid Khan almost single-handedly drove the match home for his team in the second qualifier against KKR.

The final on Sunday begins at 7 PM, and the two captains will meet for toss half an hour before that.