Chennai v Bangalore, IPL 2011, Final, Chennai May 27, 2011

A match-up that's worth the wait?

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Match facts


Saturday, May 28, Chennai
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

Big Picture


It's taken 73 games, but we're finally here. Seventy-three. Chew on that number for a moment. The IPL has had 50% more games than World Cup 2011, which was faulted for being too long. It's had 16 games more than the first three World Cups combined. The IPL has tested viewer appetite and player endurance to the limit, in the process turning the less-is-more norm on its head. The audience has spoken: there is only so much cricket India can take. The players have started breaking under the strain: several overseas signings flew home early, the India squad going to West Indies is severely depleted. Seventy-three is a big number.

The verdict, though, can wait until No. 74 is out of the way. An exciting knockout phase is capable of glossing over all the faults of a bloated tournament, and IPL 2011 has been fortunate on that front - Bangalore's hammering of Mumbai in the virtual semi-final notwithstanding. The impact of a good, well-contested final can be even more far-reaching. The success of the most recent World Cup, and the equally resounding failure of the one that preceded it, are quite closely linked to the manner in which the final moments of the respective events panned out. For three years running, the IPL final has been a closely fought game. Can 2011 continue the trend?

Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore are opponents capable of producing that gripping denouement. Going by where they finished in the league table, they are the two best sides in the tournament. Both sides have been incredibly consistent, which is a considerable achievement in a tournament that goes on forever. Skeptics will point at Bangalore's dependence on Chris Gayle, and Chennai's dependence on home advantage. The former is a disservice to Virat Kohli and Bangalore's well-rounded bowling attack, while the latter betrays a poor grasp of the roller-coaster ways of Twenty20 - winning seven games on the trot at the same venue in this format is no mean achievement, regardless of the conditions.

Chennai and Bangalore have a storied Twenty20 history: in the one season when Chennai did not make the final (2009), it was Bangalore who stopped them in the semis. Chennai returned the favour in Champions League 2010, hustling their South-Indian neighbours out of contention. This year, they have traded blows three times already, with Chennai leading 2-1.

IPL 2011 has thrown everything at us, and the feeling at the end of it all is one of gluttonous excess. A cracking final, witnessed by a full house, and featuring good cricket (and that doesn't always mean scores of 200 from both sides) might be a good way to sign off. A Super Over finish will be "just what the doctor ordered".

Form guide (most recent first)


Chennai Super Kings: WLWWW
Bangalore Royal Challengers: WLWLW

Team talk


If Chennai go into the final with an unchanged XI, they will set a new IPL record for the maximum number of successive games without a replacement (six). The only uncertainty is over R Ashwin's availability, but indications are that he has fully recovered from the sickening blow he took on the head in the play-off. Chennai's combination has worked well in the lead-up to the big game, and even the weakest link - Wriddhiman Saha - has pulled his weight. The presence of Albie Morkel and Dwayne Bravo provides the side with immense depth, both with bat and ball. The one area they will want to improve on is their batting in the first six overs, where they either lose too many wickets or score too slowly.

Bangalore have looked under-strength in the lower-middle order right through the season, but it doesn't seem to affect them. Instead of worrying about it, they actually chose to drop a batsman for Syed Mohammad's left-arm spin against Mumbai, and it worked when he accounted for Sachin Tendulkar's big wicket. Saurabh Tiwary is due a big performance, but both he and Bangalore will hope they don't need it on Saturday.

Predict the playing XIs for this match. Play ESPNcricinfo Team Selector.

In the spotlight


Zaheer Khan and big finals have an interesting relationship. In World Cup 2003, bad Zaheer turned up, bowled a horror opening over and India never recovered. In World Cup 2011, though, he cracked the game open with three exemplary opening overs - all maidens. Zaheer, who was playing for Mumbai in 2010, will remember messing up a crucial catch in that IPL final, allowing Suresh Raina to take Chennai to an eventually match-winning score. Will it be Dr Zaheer or Mr Khan turning up for revenge on Saturday?

The final is a good time for Suresh Raina to take stock of his career. It was the IPL's first edition that gave him a second chance at the India side, and he's never looked back since. Raina's IPL dominance is not founded upon any single watershed season. He has topped 400 runs in all four editions of the IPL; no one else has managed it even three times. Raina will, however, know that there is tougher work ahead. He will soon be leading a depleted ODI side in the West Indies, and after that might be required to stand up to the seaming and bouncing red ball. A strong finish to the IPL will set him up for the challenges to come.

S Badrinath will march out on Saturday with his head held high, looking back with a smile and satisfaction at a season of toil that has borne fruit. He's scored runs in every avenue available to an Indian domestic batsman, and in the IPL, he has been one of the few incentives for the purists tuning in. Before he leaves for the Caribbean, will he lean forward with assurance, drive through the line, brandish the high elbow, and end a memorable season in copybook style?

Prime numbers


  • MS Dhoni has led teams to four major limited-overs titles - World Twenty20 2007, IPL 2010, Champions League 2010 and World Cup 2011. On each occasion, his campaign included one tied match. IPL 2011 has not had a single tie.

  • Chris Gayle has picked up six Man-of-the-Match awards this season, the most in a single IPL. The stat is further embellished by the fact that he's done so in just 11 games.

  • S Badrinath has scored the most half-centuries (five) this year. Gayle has passed 50 five times too, including two centuries.

    The chatter


    "We have been playing well throughout and deserve to be in the final. Once we lost against Chennai, we were pumped up to see them in the finals."
    Payback is clearly on Zaheer Khan's mind

    "It is nice to be back at home. If we wanted to play final, it is certainly at home … Back-to-back games will be tough to play in Chennai."
    Stephen Fleming makes it clear that home advantage and three days of rest ahead of the final makes his side the favourites.

    Nitin Sundar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • POSTED BY PradeepR on | May 28, 2011, 20:00 GMT

    @kishorecv - You are right, RCB would've ended last if not for Gayle. They lost almost all matches before Gayle joined them.

    To set the record straight, I don't support any team, I support quality players such as Sachin, Sanga, Mahela, Sehwag, Dhoni, Gayle, Hussey, Shaun Marsh, Kohli, Vijay, Malinga......to name just a very few. Among the newer ones for India, Rahul Sharma and Rayudu are the ones to watch out for. Valthaty is just hit and miss, he will never make it to the Indian team.

  • POSTED BY psychicsaint on | May 28, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    vettori loses toss... csk has won half the match because batting 2nd on a wearing chennai track against ashwin/jakati/dougie/morkel/bravo!! sorry gayle, i love to see your power hitting but the day seems to belong to chennai!!

  • POSTED BY Hari28395 on | May 28, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    The match scoreline CSK 2-1 RCB. Oh sry football fever.Anyways Csk head to head with Rcb this season 2-1

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 13:34 GMT

    I think, its time to say good bye to ODIz and organise IPL like English Premier League or La Liga. I mean 4 matches on every weekend and IPL should be played the whole season. Test Matches should be played between countries like Friendlyz in Soccer or like an evnt of Elite Games with players suitable for tests.

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 13:32 GMT

    Chennai super kings you can do it. You will win the finals against royal challengers banglore , the suckers. They are taking advantage of Chris 'Gay'le!

  • POSTED BY weirdodan on | May 28, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    @vivekk83 - TOTALLY agree with ya.. Prayers and wishes for CSK to retain their Title. *Whistle Podu*

  • POSTED BY rustyryan on | May 28, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    Jeez lookin at the comments, its jus sad that ppl who are just 300 kms away from each other are fighting like prime time enemies. Both teams' fans are carried over the top at the moment and it' d be really interesting to c which set of fans hide themselves after 3 hrs.

  • POSTED BY Shaik1984 on | May 28, 2011, 13:10 GMT

    Today CSK will Kick all the RCB balls as the will all be ball less.... oops............

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    If RCB wins today,MI will win the next #IPL. As the law of IPL statistics says a team losing finals in season X and losing semis in season X+1 will win season X+2 where X>0 :

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    rcb ready for another gayle storm... in d final of ipl4

  • POSTED BY PradeepR on | May 28, 2011, 20:00 GMT

    @kishorecv - You are right, RCB would've ended last if not for Gayle. They lost almost all matches before Gayle joined them.

    To set the record straight, I don't support any team, I support quality players such as Sachin, Sanga, Mahela, Sehwag, Dhoni, Gayle, Hussey, Shaun Marsh, Kohli, Vijay, Malinga......to name just a very few. Among the newer ones for India, Rahul Sharma and Rayudu are the ones to watch out for. Valthaty is just hit and miss, he will never make it to the Indian team.

  • POSTED BY psychicsaint on | May 28, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    vettori loses toss... csk has won half the match because batting 2nd on a wearing chennai track against ashwin/jakati/dougie/morkel/bravo!! sorry gayle, i love to see your power hitting but the day seems to belong to chennai!!

  • POSTED BY Hari28395 on | May 28, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    The match scoreline CSK 2-1 RCB. Oh sry football fever.Anyways Csk head to head with Rcb this season 2-1

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 13:34 GMT

    I think, its time to say good bye to ODIz and organise IPL like English Premier League or La Liga. I mean 4 matches on every weekend and IPL should be played the whole season. Test Matches should be played between countries like Friendlyz in Soccer or like an evnt of Elite Games with players suitable for tests.

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 13:32 GMT

    Chennai super kings you can do it. You will win the finals against royal challengers banglore , the suckers. They are taking advantage of Chris 'Gay'le!

  • POSTED BY weirdodan on | May 28, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    @vivekk83 - TOTALLY agree with ya.. Prayers and wishes for CSK to retain their Title. *Whistle Podu*

  • POSTED BY rustyryan on | May 28, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    Jeez lookin at the comments, its jus sad that ppl who are just 300 kms away from each other are fighting like prime time enemies. Both teams' fans are carried over the top at the moment and it' d be really interesting to c which set of fans hide themselves after 3 hrs.

  • POSTED BY Shaik1984 on | May 28, 2011, 13:10 GMT

    Today CSK will Kick all the RCB balls as the will all be ball less.... oops............

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    If RCB wins today,MI will win the next #IPL. As the law of IPL statistics says a team losing finals in season X and losing semis in season X+1 will win season X+2 where X>0 :

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    rcb ready for another gayle storm... in d final of ipl4

  • POSTED BY Cyprian on | May 28, 2011, 12:47 GMT

    Two of the best teams meet in the final of 2011 IPL, there cannot be a better advertisement for T20 cricket ... I mean it is like ManU meeting Barca later today. How great is this? The winner can lay claim to a place in the posterity of great cricket (even if the game does not amount to that, the overall performance will remain a witness to that). Love it.

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    gonna be a tense game ;) CSK <3

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    its the enchanting finale after the 8 long summer weeks. But towards the end, as a true cricket fan we are desperate towards the IPL 4. it was missing something we really need. look upon one simple thing. how many closer matches wer ther in this IPL. it was very pathetic to see more numbers of one sided matches. Today punjab WILL BEAT DECCAN IN HUGE MARGIN AND THE OTHER DAY DECCAN WILL DO THE SAME AGAINST THE BANGLORE. and so on. for a better future of IPL it should be devoid of these one sided matches. in my thoughts the best IPL was IPL 2 which was in RSA. We didnt giv up our hopes and hopefully the IPL 5 will be better with better pitches nad teams. and one more thing PLEASE dont shuffle the players between teams. that will seriously affect the fan base and dangorously affect the future of IPL. BYE

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    hhaahhaa. sorry RCB Guys... Its again CSK'' s victory

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 12:27 GMT

    go RCB go!!!you are the winners!!!

  • POSTED BY rockyrakster on | May 28, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    @Mahmud:Mark my words Gayle will be stomped on his head by CSK bowlers

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 12:02 GMT

    Whether CSK wins or loss.. we Chennai fans r expecting a good cricket there should be no place for give up.. hpe that there ll be good contest between bat and ball.. but dont forget the chennai crowd which backs defending champions,u ll hear thir ROAR for each and every dot ball or single run by CSK it ll surly increase the pressure of the RCB... anything may happen in t20 ,it is the matter of just a good over ,,, sinarios can be changed..so awaiting for an exitement..:-)

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 11:52 GMT

    csk wont be that lucky like last time againr rcb, drilling throuh the top order with that less efforts. gayle will rock them today.

  • POSTED BY vivekk83 on | May 28, 2011, 11:23 GMT

    Holy cow don't understand how people malign a quality team's ability to perform so well by stating that CSK wins because of Srinivasan and Cheeka..... I think sore losers cannot accept defeat and keep maligning the team's credibility. A simple analysis of the team would tell you that the management picks level headed performing cricketers not controversial superstars...CSK represents the word "WE" much better than any team in IPL . They have been one of the best managed franchise which has resulted in this enormous fan base and not to mention the success faced by the team.l.. I would love to see CSK defend their title successfully too; but as a cricket fan wouldn't be too disappointed if they fail. Go Kings go....

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 11:23 GMT

    csk all the way.....cheersss

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 11:20 GMT

    well, we are forgetting one basic thing... reason why IPL was a hit, because it was NOT tried and tested..! it was something new, an element of surprise was always there. but then as IN INDIA happens... useless leaders take control of every golden egg laying hen and turn it into a buffalo.. IPL was no exception. now instead of that NEW fresh thing, what we get is ; 1. FEELING GETTER ravi shastri. 2. Moderately failing chases. 3. Mediocre indian bowlers. 4. Ordinary batsman. 5. Retiring Players. 5. Every year increasing matches. (most of which are senseless.) No Surprise ratings are falling down as a sine wave.. DONT LET IPL be a government Body. Get some IIMs and better CEO (likes of modi) in it to, get its charm back.. rite now its just fading away as clouds after heavy rain.

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    chennai is the best dhoni ki .........................

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    tough game ahead for both of the finalist.its all abt how to deal the pressure..toss will be the crucial point.despite both team hv some quality match winners but Ashwin could be the vital player for CSK.lets hope for a good game.as im a csk fan,so hope they will give us a gr8 evening.

  • POSTED BY najnad on | May 28, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    RCB (real champion bangalore) wll defeat CSK by 3 wickets.. prediction om iker (......?)

  • POSTED BY Saurabh.Jha on | May 28, 2011, 11:01 GMT

    win the toss, bat first, and lift the cup...success mantra at chepauk in IPL

  • POSTED BY kaushik312 on | May 28, 2011, 10:55 GMT

    rcb are gonna thrash csk. a over-hyped team whose captain should actually be N. Srinivasan.

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 10:47 GMT

    Its time RCB proved their mettle. Yesterday they took revenge from Mumbaikars for their defeat at Chinnaswamy stadium and now its time to show the door the the superkings. Go RCB Go!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 10:25 GMT

    i think CSK supporters shouldnt go to see this match coz it is going to be "GAYLE STORM" all d way in chennai.....and widout doubt RCB gonna win...

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    Indian Captain (MSD) Vs Foreign Captain (Vettori) ? Whom You Support RCB Fans?

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 10:15 GMT

    Its Very Simple story of Final MAtch, If Gayle Scores Chennai have to fight hard to get it, If Gayle fails to score.......Its Chennai's Game..........(50% Gayle Vs 50% CSK)

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 10:12 GMT

    SACHIN MIGHT BE D GREATEST BTSMAN HE MIGHT BE EVEN A GRT HUMAN BEING HIS KNOWLEDGE OF CRICKET IS UNDOUBTED BUT HE NEVER WAS N NEVER CAN BE GRT CAPTAIN GIVE THIS SAME TEAM OF MUMBAI INDIANS 2 DHONI HE WILL WIN U D IPL CUP .FINALLY TODAY IT WILL BE HIS BRILLIANT CAPTAINCY WINING OVER GAYLE POWER.

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    "I hope I can do it one more time tomorrow. Hopefully we can lift the trophy tomorrow. Sweetest victory would be to beat the home team at home," Gayle's plot. Chennai fans, it is good to upbeat, but do not be carried away too much by past records. Recent form makes RCB clear favorites. For CSK, Murali Vijay had a pathetic tournament, Hussey is running out of gas recently, Raina, Dhoni, Badri, Saha and Morkel shine once in a blue moon, and CSK's bowling department is weaker than the shrewd Zaheer, Vettori, Gayle and co. Ashwin is more hype than true. While RCB's opening pair none can match, there is equally a strong middle order in Kohli, DeVilliers,.. RCB has a clear advantage. In fact they had a very good match practice yesterday against Sachin's Mumbai Indians. Unlike CSK who will be rusty by now after a break. Everything points out to the fact RCB lifts the trophy.

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 10:07 GMT

    I will support to RCB... good luck...

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 10:02 GMT

    east or west chennai is best - Mind it

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 10:00 GMT

    "CSK KU WHISTLE PODU" hope Ashwin gets fit and play today.........................

  • POSTED BY xonoxiler on | May 28, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    @Gobu - well said!! and for both it will be MS Dhoni who marches the troops...

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 9:55 GMT

    Mr.Manish, I will wait for you to come back with the headlines...Likes for Balaji Purushothaman comments...

  • POSTED BY csmart on | May 28, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    what can you expect? sure win for CSK. CSK boss, president of BCCI, manipulated auction, what else to can happen. if you see yesterday's match, you feel that it was fixed. why malinga did not bowl 1st over? bhajji coming 3rd? fail to understand.

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    atlast da finall is here....whoz gonna win it?? i bet chennai

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 9:43 GMT

    enough for CSK till now, IPL 4 will be won by RCB

  • POSTED BY Thyagu5432 on | May 28, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    Since Gayle came into being for RCB, he has scored in all the matches but one where RCB have won. Even the one he didn't make a great contribution, he still scored 26 of 14 balls. If he fails RCB fails. So we may all be called fools to think RCB depends heavily on Gayle but the stats witness will be held in the court of law in the favour of the fools.

    So for CSK, it is as simple as getting Gayle out cheaply to win, which itself may not be as simple. So Ashwin should invite Gayle for a match of Carrom rather than cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 9:30 GMT

    csk gna win ths for sure..yes rcb can surprize but all need to go acc to their plans..like rcb need to bat first n post above 160 n then hope for similar performance frm their spinners...if gayle makes 50-70 rcb gna win ths otrher wise chenaai 4 sure

  • POSTED BY smartguy786 on | May 28, 2011, 9:23 GMT

    BORING BORING BORING!!!!!!!! BRING ON THE CHAMPIOSN LEAQUE MAN U VS BARCA

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    Come on CSK fans, in the playoffs, without Gayle, RCB made 175..Imagine if Gayle clicks...

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 9:20 GMT

    Dhoni vs Zaheer Gayle vs Bravo Raina vs Virat Ashwin vs Vettori & finally with the final CSK vs RCB....... The defending champions always good on their home ground.

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 9:20 GMT

    @Gobu thondaiman: That was a very good stat bro. Hope that nullifies the absence of a tie in this series

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    RCB is not only about Gayle..Batsmen like Virat Kohli, Mayank, AB Devilliers are also in good form..Talking about bowling we have the most economical bowler of IPL 4 in captain Vettori, one of the highest wicket takers in Arvind (He is the highest wicket taker among the two teams) & one of the best bowlers in Zaheer... & Chris Gayle strorm will drown all the whistles of CSK...:):)

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 8:48 GMT

    RCB RCB RCB RCB all the way man no one can stop them........!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Balaji.Purushotham on | May 28, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    Gayle Vs Ashwin! Raina Vs Kohli! Dhoni Vs Vettori! Zaheer Vs Bollinger! ABD Vs Albie! Badri Vs Tiwari! Lots of Mini Battles in this mouth watering Final!!! Good to see the 2 best teams of the tournament lock horns again. It's gonna be a cracker of a contest. Chennai are going to make history again!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    Toss is gonna matter a lot 2day.... if CSK wins d toss and Bat first,,, then GAYLE will be blown off easily by CHASING PRESSURE!!!!

  • POSTED BY Flighted_kiwi on | May 28, 2011, 8:25 GMT

    I'm surprised in your preview that you've made no mention of Bangalore's captain Daniel Vettori. 12 wickets at 28.05 with an economy rate of 5.81 is one of the better bowling efforts in the IPL. Very rarely has a poor bowling stint and his economy rate is one that few other regular bowlers can better and a key part of their success. Add to that his captaincy experience and I'd say that he will be a key to outcome - whichever way it goes.

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 8:24 GMT

    Except poeple from chennai and dhoni fans everyone are supporting RCB . Sorry opposing Chennai actually . I know they are jealous . CSK is not all a average side . They are the strongest not by talent but by performance . Go CSK Go .

  • POSTED BY JustIPL on | May 28, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    It is ridiculous to compare IPL with world events such as world cups. It is just a cricket festival aimed at making money. Many people have no interest in sixes and fours hit here and there. It is just domestic competition and even not first class. Foreign players are common in various cricket playing countries mainly england and South africa. Please dont edit my comment. it is true and we have no inerest in IPL.

  • POSTED BY SachinLara1 on | May 28, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    RCB fans say anything u want(srikant seenivasan home advantage dhoni's luck etc n etc) but u cannot win this one...the cup is in dhoni's hand...double dhamaka for dhoni..

  • POSTED BY devagupta on | May 28, 2011, 8:03 GMT

    if there was no playoff system.. it is MI VS CSK FINAL... sorry sachin...nt to be this time too./

  • POSTED BY kishorecv on | May 28, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    To PradeepR

    To all the RCB fans gloating over their team, it would be very interesting to bench Gayle next season and see RCB finishing dead last in that season.

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    This Year: "4 Time Semifinalist, 3 Time Finalist, 1 Time Champion India Won the Worldcup again......

    This Month: 4 Time Semifinalist, 3 Time Finalist, 1 Time Champion CSK Will defend it's TITLE

  • POSTED BY MuthurajaPL on | May 28, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    well written Nitin! I just hope it goes on to a super over and CSK wins it!

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 7:26 GMT

    ManU vs Barca on one end, CSK vs RCB on other end on two pinacle title clashes of their respective sports. ManU & CSK rely on teamwork and they both play at home. Barca and RCB are flashy teams that rely on superstars - Messi & Chris Gayle. What a saturday!

    Gayle's weaknesses - against turning balls, bouncers targeting his neck, and outswingers early in the game all would have been analyzed by Dhoni - who is so good in this. Even if Gayle scores a century, CSK has the heart to get back in the contest. If CSK can't who can!

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 7:26 GMT

    There is an unknown force, a kind of inevitability that pushes Dhoni to the top in most finals he takes his team to. People call it luck. I am not so sure; there has got to be something more to his captaincy. As a player he performs only sporadically. Someone or the other from his team stands up to be counted. Last game, it was a lack lustre performance from CSK. Then came Raina like a meteor to light up the scene as if CSK never even contemplated defeat.

    Will it happen today?

  • POSTED BY veerabts on | May 28, 2011, 7:21 GMT

    CSK - Visil potukitte irunga. CSK will be the winner again... but watch out RCB - Gayle connection to the maximum.

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 7:20 GMT

    RCB is neutral fans favorite team in this game. We want another stunner innings from Chris Gayle.

    Thanks and Regards,

    a Deccan Chargers FAN

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 7:20 GMT

    This match is not between RCB Vs CSK. Its between Gayle Vs CSK..........

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 7:18 GMT

    CSK is a great team but the media have surely given them a little too much hype,at the same time they've terribly underestimated RCB,this could well be an advantage to RCB. you would be a fool to think RCB solely depends on gayle. at the same time ashwin is suddenly talked about like he's a legend of the game,comon! he's just an average(above average at best) spinner. it will be a fair contest,only complaint is scheduling a final right after a qualifier,what on earth were they thinking.they could've had the match between MI n RCB a day before the final. tomorrow's headlines - "CSK lose their first home match in IPL 2011,RCB lift the trophy".

  • POSTED BY arunsudha on | May 28, 2011, 7:08 GMT

    EXPECTING A CRACKER OF CONTEST TODAY. "CSK KU WHISTLE PODU" hope Ashwin gets fit and play today.........................

  • POSTED BY Balaji.Purushotham on | May 28, 2011, 6:59 GMT

    What is IPL? It is a T20 Cricket Competition where 9 teams fight with each other to play the finals with Chennai Super Kings!!!!

  • POSTED BY Jim1207 on | May 28, 2011, 6:46 GMT

    World cup was 50-over game played for a complete day. T20 is a 4-hour game. Comparing world cup duration with IPL is just not correct. Only these cricket experts say that it's IPL overkill and non-Indians. Just see the comments and build-up for every match, even cricinfo knows how many hits they get for IPL. Do not rewrite history that IPL is overkill.

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 6:46 GMT

    CSK will win this one, because pressure game always chennai the best... its funny when ppl say its because of dhoni csk is winning , when RCB only dependent on Gayle... Even yesterday they should have scored more than 200 but gayle got out and they are gone... they should be happy that it was MI chasing, if it was CSK , then over for them... anyway tonight another arrow from CSK will attack RCB, hey its boring , how many times CSK will beat you RCB :D

  • POSTED BY SasiGladi on | May 28, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    Time to fight strength to strength it should be a thriller....in that case CSK are brave hearted they are the best among others in handling tough situation...they have players for every situation ......yellow jersey always wins....CSK CSK CSK CSK.....

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    comm'on guys..... wats gayle gayle gayle...... agree he has played some blinders, but wit out gayle, rcb is a fish out of water..... its a team game man, if 1 man can do it for rcb, we, csk hav a such a fella, MSD, but the thing is he does things differntly, msd - 1 man who can do it for CSK by making others do , wat they can do.....BORN LEADER....

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    csk win the ipl 2011 because that cool captain is ms dhoni.

  • POSTED BY kaushik312 on | May 28, 2011, 6:17 GMT

    if rcb you call one man team, csk is a 13 man team with srinivasan and the curator at chepauk.

  • POSTED BY tsachya on | May 28, 2011, 6:10 GMT

    Its going to be Gayle VS Ashwin again....the winner of this mini battle wins the game for their Team

  • POSTED BY nata4u2c on | May 28, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    Gayle has recorded 44 sixes AND today night it will be around 54-55 RCB opener Chris Gayle warmed up for the IPL final against Chennai Super Kings in style by playing yet another big match to win today night. bEsT oF lUcK ' R C B "

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    As Dhoni said in the previous match"If you get Gayle out then RCB is out if not he will get your TEAM out" .................

  • POSTED BY Balaji.Purushotham on | May 28, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    Its Chennai Chennai all the way!!!!!!!!!!! RCB is too dependent on Gayle as was MI who were too dependent on Malinga Chennai having good all round performers in Bowling, Batting and fielding. Chennai should win Hands down!

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 5:40 GMT

    cskkk poduraa whistleeeeeee LAAAA bangaloreeeeeee gaaaaaaliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii \

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 5:39 GMT

    If chennai openers fires definitely CSK wins.

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 5:39 GMT

    What is IPL.....? IPL is a cricket competition where 9 teams play hard to reach the finals to play against Chennai Super Kings:) Chennai Super Kingsku Whistle Podu.........uu........uuuuuuuuuuuuu..........

  • POSTED BY bowledYou on | May 28, 2011, 5:31 GMT

    RCB..!! RCB..!! RCB..!! Cricket Forecast : 'Gayle Storm almost certain on 28th May, 2011 in Chennai at around 8 PM. Everyone adviced to come with a helmet and guards all over their body'

  • POSTED BY Hoggy_1989 on | May 28, 2011, 5:29 GMT

    Its about time this bloated, non-cricket tournament finished up. There is only so much Twenty20 'cricket' we can take before it becomes stale. Gee, that sounds awfully familiar doesn't it i.e. what everyone has been saying about ODI cricket for the last few years!

  • POSTED BY sircha on | May 28, 2011, 5:28 GMT

    I think Murali Vijay is going to play a match-winning innings today. Expecting a cracker of a contest. It would be interesting if Gayle fired RCB to a huge total and CSK chased it down.

  • POSTED BY Farce-Follower on | May 28, 2011, 5:24 GMT

    CSK have the home advantage...but RCB plays fearless cricket. All the elements are behind CSK, the weather, the pitch, the scheduling and of course Dr. Srikkanth and Dr. Sreenivasan. But Gayle and RCB don't care.

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 5:20 GMT

    It is going to be an enthralling contest. My memory goes back 35 years when TN vs Karnataka in Ranji Trophy used to pump up adrenalin.

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 5:19 GMT

    Ashwin! he is gonna disappear around the park this time!

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 5:12 GMT

    So..Today that nomadic lion (Gayle) will try to encroach the territory of pride of Lions(CSK)..That Nomadic lion has nothing to lose, it will fight unto death..But i hope The super Pride can defend it territory(Cup) once again...

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 4:56 GMT

    if CSK have to won this itl must be a "Tie"

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    dhoni my brother yes u win 2011 ipl also,gayle out 22

  • POSTED BY rustyryan on | May 28, 2011, 4:47 GMT

    Good on ya bout Badri. He shows even classy players can be effective in T20. Take that Mahela, you simply wasted VVS

  • POSTED BY kingcobra85 on | May 28, 2011, 4:40 GMT

    don't bother tunning in RCB fans ..better watch Man Utd Vs Barca...Dhoni's has this match in his bag! Its going to be Hussey show tonight

  • POSTED BY donda on | May 28, 2011, 4:25 GMT

    Chennai heat will not allow Banglore to perform in back to back matches effectively. I think home advantage is big plus for Chennai. If they get Gayle's wicket earlier its all over for bangalore.

    I think Chennai will win because of rest and home advantage.

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 4:24 GMT

    The game today is between Chris Gayle and Dhoni's men with Chris Gayle having the upper hand but incase if Chris Gayle is gone then it is Dhoni's game.

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 4:08 GMT

    Cricket Becomes boring to watch when the likes of Gayle play. There is no contest. And this is not made by the brilliance of the batsman but just his power.

  • POSTED BY SasiGladi on | May 28, 2011, 4:05 GMT

    Saim93@ Its always gives good feeling to see appreciations from you guys...Hope Dhoni tames Gayle again and takes the cup....

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 3:14 GMT

    Another Thriller,..... But nothin is scary when MSD and CSK Roars ): >

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 3:11 GMT

    victory for RCB if GAYLE fires

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 3:01 GMT

    Under the cool-captain of Dhoni lead the team to final.Today we smash and lifts the trophy.

  • POSTED BY psychicsaint on | May 28, 2011, 2:59 GMT

    top reasons why csk is the clear favorite...

    hussey won't fail 4 times in a row and he is a big match player... vijay/raina/dhoni are also big match players and they will be raring to make a big statement in ipl 2011 final... badri is a big worry to rcb for the solidarity he provides to the middle order even if openers are out cheaply... ashwin and dougie will be mean and menacing as ever at home... albie and bravo are big hitting allrounders who can take any death bowling on and also snatch crucial wickets with their bowling... chennai's fielders are simply the best and they won't miss out on any chances... home advantage and the wicket will be certainly slow and turning today due to yesterday's match... chennai has rested nicely for 3 days while bangalore is playing back to back big matches... chennai's weather will wear them out...

    so all the best csk and advance congratulations for retaining the ipl crown... bangalore hard luck once again and see you in clt20 :)

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 2:56 GMT

    superb write up!! "Saurabh Tiwary is due a big performance, but both he and Bangalore will hope they don't need it on Saturday"excellent. description of raina and badri is kinda poetic...loved reading....btw all u math students.watz d probability of gayle tonking bowlers two days in a row ...as a csk supporter m worried...very worried....on his day even mcgrath and warne in their prime cannot stop him...so whistle poder's don day dream dat we have tha bowling to counter him....hope he doesn't last long.....go CSK...lets PREY

  • POSTED BY SaudAlvi on | May 28, 2011, 2:55 GMT

    CSK will win - though I want BRC to win. CSK steps up 220 .. BRC chases with an over to spare .. I will be happy o so happy lol

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 2:32 GMT

    Cannot wait!!! I think the toss will be crucial and the side batting first will be at an advantage. If CSK bat first, they will be strong favourites, given their track record at home, but if RCB bat first, it'll make for a mouth-watering contest! Again, cannot wait!!!

  • POSTED BY Krish_Magic on | May 28, 2011, 2:13 GMT

    The fact that Dhoni havnt won a single major trophy without a tie is really worrying me now..anyways CSK would match RCB ball by ball and lets see what happens..CSK needs to come down with the best strategy..every one is behind u. Please make us proud once again..most of the indians support r with us only bcos of our legend DHONI.. Go CSK..

  • POSTED BY vparisa on | May 28, 2011, 1:16 GMT

    Zak clearly has Hussey's number. He is taken him out couple of times already and Hussey seems to be thinking of that delivery in the world cup quarter final. What Bangalore needs is an off spinner against CSK's gifted left hand batsmen. They have two slow left armers who have to be at their best to give RCB any chance!! i hope RCB wins!! since CSK did already!!

  • POSTED BY caught_knott_bowled_old on | May 28, 2011, 0:52 GMT

    A beautiful, almost-poetic tribute to Badri's journey. Very eloquent writing.

  • POSTED BY the_blue_android on | May 28, 2011, 0:33 GMT

    Well, for starters, Dhoni will not be giving any freebies like Sachin did today. Ashwin will get Gayle in the first over without a doubt. It's hard to out think Dhoni and Ashwin.

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 0:15 GMT

    Kaif for Tiwary, no doubt about tiwary's hitting abilities, but he is hardly able to put bat on ball atleast kaif is able to do that and has scored more fours and sixes than tiwary who bats ahead of kaif but has failed miserably, so go RCB and get that trophy, another day of gayle storm in the staduim

  • POSTED BY on | May 27, 2011, 23:34 GMT

    nice one gubs, like the opening para a lot!

  • POSTED BY ashok16 on | May 27, 2011, 23:25 GMT

    The "In the spotlight" write up is sublime.

  • POSTED BY WildRain on | May 27, 2011, 22:57 GMT

    In this IPL About 49% of the runs were scored by Gayle and Kohli for RCB. The stat goes even more depend on these two players as After Gayle joined the team, almost 58% of the runs were scored by these two batsmen. Compared to Chennai's even contribution by the top 5. The real depth in the batting is with Chennai, where as consistent two top players are with RCB. It is a challenge to the Chennai bowling department to see if they can stop these two . This game will be decided by the bowlers.

  • POSTED BY on | May 27, 2011, 22:42 GMT

    Chennai Superkings will take this one but I do want to see an on the edge of our seats thriller of a match tonight!!! Chak de, CSK!!!

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | May 27, 2011, 22:39 GMT

    Dear Dhoni, (since I have the freedom to write :-) ): Here is how to get Gayle: Understand that Gayle = supersized+super skilled YPathan. But the same weakness holds. 1. Bowl 5 out of 6 balls well outside off yorkers - it is ok if once in a while we get wide balls. 2. Set field accordingly - covering *on the boundary line* deep 3rd man, deep cover and wide long off. 3. Absolutely no short/length/over-pitched balls. Short ball may be used only as surprise straight to the face. With this approach, the only option he has move out of the crease. you stand up and create fear in him. Thats it. few runs will go but he will fall. As far Ashwin's bowling, I guess Ashwin will take care of Gayle - as long as Ashwin reacts quickly to Gayle's leg movement.

  • POSTED BY whomping_willow on | May 27, 2011, 22:36 GMT

    i have an inkling that today we r going to see a M Vijay special tommorrow

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | May 27, 2011, 22:24 GMT

    The situation is same for csk as Dhoni said in last match - 'if we get Gayle out we win, else he gets us out'. MHussey is always slow, so we dont expect biug strike rate from him. But Vijay's success has always been when he played aggressive. He has never ever succeeded playing slow in IPL. He needs to understand that. With csk having this strong batting why should he play so cautiously up front and waste overs? I wish Dhoni uses less of AMorkel in bowling. He is not the highest class. If you look at stats, Raina has better figure than AMorkel.

  • POSTED BY DrSunilSharma on | May 27, 2011, 22:22 GMT

    This IPL 2011 Final- 28 May 11, offer a big build up scientilating match, where Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore will test their muscles again when it matter the most. This is a fight between a super cricket bat Chris Gayle against the whole CSK team. This stream roller is out to flaten any opposition day in and day out. Here is a million dollartip to Dhoni, only heavens can stop him,however, Leg spinner will be a problem to him specially ball pitched on off and middle will cramp Chris Gayle and will be bowled leg stump uprooted. Sunilism

  • POSTED BY jkay10 on | May 27, 2011, 22:20 GMT

    VETTORI VS FLEMMING

  • POSTED BY Karthi_2K11 on | May 27, 2011, 22:15 GMT

    Over the years, Bangalore (RCB) has met Chennai (CSK) eleven times thus far, (in both the IPL and the Champions League) with the honours being almost even (CSK's six wins to RCB's five) and they have played three times at Chepauk with two wins for CSK, and a win for RCB. While both RCB and CSK have each won batting first on two occasions, CSK has won a chase once. So, look for the winner of the toss to prefer to put up a total on the scoreboard and try to defend it, especially to manage jangling nerves in this IPL 2011 final. Barring precipitation or some other (hopefully unlikely) untoward incident, everything should pan out well. I hope the only type of inclement weather we will be talking about is of the "Hurricane Hussey" or "Typhoon Mithun" kind. :)

  • POSTED BY on | May 27, 2011, 21:38 GMT

    very nicely written, well analyzed. I only hope that indian players get some rest in the busy schedule.

  • POSTED BY on | May 27, 2011, 21:14 GMT

    Gayle storm is going to blow away chennai tomroow

  • POSTED BY on | May 27, 2011, 21:13 GMT

    east or west chennai is best - Mind it

  • POSTED BY PradeepR on | May 27, 2011, 21:10 GMT

    To all the CSK fans gloating over their team, it would be very interesting to bench MS Dhoni next season and see how well CSK does that season. That man is special, he can make any team play good.

  • POSTED BY Saim93 on | May 27, 2011, 21:04 GMT

    Hands down Dhoni is the best captain ever. This statement coming from a Pakistani

  • POSTED BY qwiky6491 on | May 27, 2011, 20:45 GMT

    beautifully written, gubbsie :)

  • POSTED BY on | May 27, 2011, 20:08 GMT

    Being a RCB fan, i wish they win. but 1. back to back games,2. opponents home soil, 3. formidable batting line up, 4. Fairly gud bowling attack. Can RCB surpass all these? Must wait and watch.

  • POSTED BY samred on | May 27, 2011, 20:00 GMT

    Chennai is the Cricketing capital of the world with IPL 2010 and Champions League 2010.

  • POSTED BY xylo on | May 27, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    Weak links : CSK - Wridhiman, 5th bowler, Jakati, Murali Vijay RCB - Tiwary, Kaif, one of Mithun/Aravind, jaded Zaheer

    nevertheless, this is a match that pits Kohli against Raina, and they would enjoy it! And it is only fitting that the best Indian T20 players get to play in the finals.

    I am also surprised that Hussey being Zaheer's bunny is missing from the Prime Numbers.

  • POSTED BY skyeshwin on | May 27, 2011, 19:33 GMT

    I would back Mike Hussey to play a big and smashing innings tomorrow....RCB will be mentally fatigued more than physically......May God bestow CSK with another IPL trophy.

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  • POSTED BY skyeshwin on | May 27, 2011, 19:33 GMT

    I would back Mike Hussey to play a big and smashing innings tomorrow....RCB will be mentally fatigued more than physically......May God bestow CSK with another IPL trophy.

  • POSTED BY xylo on | May 27, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    Weak links : CSK - Wridhiman, 5th bowler, Jakati, Murali Vijay RCB - Tiwary, Kaif, one of Mithun/Aravind, jaded Zaheer

    nevertheless, this is a match that pits Kohli against Raina, and they would enjoy it! And it is only fitting that the best Indian T20 players get to play in the finals.

    I am also surprised that Hussey being Zaheer's bunny is missing from the Prime Numbers.

  • POSTED BY samred on | May 27, 2011, 20:00 GMT

    Chennai is the Cricketing capital of the world with IPL 2010 and Champions League 2010.

  • POSTED BY on | May 27, 2011, 20:08 GMT

    Being a RCB fan, i wish they win. but 1. back to back games,2. opponents home soil, 3. formidable batting line up, 4. Fairly gud bowling attack. Can RCB surpass all these? Must wait and watch.

  • POSTED BY qwiky6491 on | May 27, 2011, 20:45 GMT

    beautifully written, gubbsie :)

  • POSTED BY Saim93 on | May 27, 2011, 21:04 GMT

    Hands down Dhoni is the best captain ever. This statement coming from a Pakistani

  • POSTED BY PradeepR on | May 27, 2011, 21:10 GMT

    To all the CSK fans gloating over their team, it would be very interesting to bench MS Dhoni next season and see how well CSK does that season. That man is special, he can make any team play good.

  • POSTED BY on | May 27, 2011, 21:13 GMT

    east or west chennai is best - Mind it

  • POSTED BY on | May 27, 2011, 21:14 GMT

    Gayle storm is going to blow away chennai tomroow

  • POSTED BY on | May 27, 2011, 21:38 GMT

    very nicely written, well analyzed. I only hope that indian players get some rest in the busy schedule.