The grand finale will take place at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on the 27th of May. Seeing, CSK in the final is no surprise as they won the IPL Championship in 2010 and 2011 and will now look to make it three in a row. Their opponents the Kolkata Knight Riders have never played an IPL final before and this speaks volumes of how the team has performed in this year’s IPL.
CSK are clearly the favourites going into this match as they not only have the home advantage but they also know what it takes to win an IPL final. They are currently on a winning streak, having won their last three matches convincingly. Kolkata enter this match as the underdogs but in a T20, anything can happen.
A lot will come down to how the captains strategize and approach this match. Gautam Gambhir will be up against MS Dhoni and this will be an interesting contest as a lot of people expect Gambhir to take over the test captaincy reins from MS Dhoni in the International arena.
In order for Kolkata to win this match, three things will have to work in their favor. Gautam Gambhir will have to play a captain’s knock, Jacques Kallis will have to contribute with both ball and bat and Sunil Narine has to bowl exceedingly well.
CSK will most probably retain their winning combination. Their key players will be captain MS Dhoni who has been in pristine form, R Ashwin who is the most economical bowler in IPL history and Dwayne Bravo who has the ability to win the game with either bat or ball.
The pitch at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium as always is full of runs and will be good for batting. The team that wins the toss will look to bat first. A score of 150 plus will be defendable considering the pressure of a final, imposed on the team batting second. CSK is expected to win this game but don’t write off the Knight Riders completely.