Kolkata v Chennai, IPL 2012, final, Chennai May 26, 2012

How Dhoni and Gambhir have shaped their sides

Gautam Gambhir, recently deposed as India vice-captain, took the chance to show he can lead a side, while MS Dhoni has stuck to the formula that has worked so well in the IPL for him
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Temperament

Their leadership has been an extension of their personalities. Dhoni has remained his usual unflappable self despite the ups and downs of Super Kings' performances this season. Whether it was a victory gained after a last-ball six or a heavy defeat, Dhoni didn't jump for joy or look crestfallen.

Sample Dhoni quote before final: "We, at CSK, put a lot of emphasis on the players going and enjoying the game, and expressing themselves. I don't believe in instructing players on how they need to play, because every player has a unique style."

Gambhir, though, has been the intense and combative person that has earned him several brushes with the authorities during his international career. After Knight Riders failed to chase down 135 against Kings XI Punjab and they slid to their third defeat in five games, Gambhir could barely control his temper at the press conference, strongly criticising the bumbling middle-order and asking them to take more responsibility. There was also a tiff with Mahela Jayawardene over a disputed catch, the sort of incident Dhoni is unlikely to be involved in.

Sample Gambhir quote before final: "When you go out on the field, you don't go out to make friends. You go out to get results for your teams. And for that if I have to be aggressive on the field [so be it]. That's what I play cricket for; I play to win the game and not just to compete."

Batting

Their batting form almost perfectly reflects that of their teams. Dhoni rarely sparkled in the league phase but was at his irrepressible best once the playoffs began, mirroring the Super Kings' performance. While there were glimpses of his destructive abilities, such as in the home game against Pune Warriors, there were also some uncharacteristically sluggish innings. In the playoffs though, Dhoni has played some of the shots of the tournament, including the longest hit of the season and two of his trademark helicopter sixes as Super Kings brushed aside the opposition.

Gambhir, on the other hand, has been one of the most consistent batsmen this tournament - the second highest run-scorer in IPL 2012, only twice in his last 11 innings has he been dismissed for less than 25 - matching Knight Riders' steady position near the top of the table. He has been the bedrock of Knight Riders' batting, helping offset middling seasons from four of their other main batsmen - Brendon McCullum, Jacques Kallis, Manoj Tiwary and Yusuf Pathan.

Team changes

Dhoni might have adopted the much-discussed rotation policy for the experienced India openers during the CB series in Australia earlier this year, but when it comes to the IPL, he hasn't shuffled the XI much. His biggest team composition calls have been regarding his openers. M Vijay was cast aside after a faltering start to the season, during which time South Africa's Faf du Plessis briefly held the orange cap. As the tournament progressed though, and Michael Hussey arrived from the West Indies, Dhoni reverted to Super Kings' tried-and-trusted opening pair of Hussey and Vijay, benching du Plessis. The move paid off with Hussey playing a vital innings against Mumbai Indians, and Vijay overpowering Delhi Daredvils two days later to send Super Kings to their third straight final. The only other major area of experimentation was with a fast bowlers' slot, and that too was settled after Ben Hilfenhaus' successive Man-of-the-Match performances.

Unlike Super Kings' history of success, Knight Riders have had a more rough time over the five seasons. After three years of failing to making the playoffs, Knight Riders bet big on Gambhir in 2011, making him the highest earner in the mega-auction. He delivered too, getting the team into the Champions League T20, and this year has seen unprecedented success.

Like Dhoni, Gambhir has also believed in backing a core group of players - seven members have played at least 14 out of 16 matches this season. His persistent backing of Yusuf, despite a hugely underwhelming league phase, worked as Yusuf put in a game-changing cameo in the playoff against Daredevils.

Still, with several new players acquired, there has been plenty more fiddling around with the XI than Chennai, whose major changes were forced due to problems with player availability. Knight Riders experimented with Manvinder Bisla as a wicketkeeper and top-order batsman, but as the season progressed zeroed in on three of the overseas slots - two of their expensive signings this year, mystery spinner Sunil Narine and wicketkeeper-batsman Brendon McCullum, joined Jacques Kallis in the first XI. The identity of the fourth took even longer, before Shakib Al Hasan's convincing performances clinched him an extended run in the side and the XI began to look more settled.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Superstar_Salman_Khan on May 27, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    Lucky CSK. Didn't have to bat second in all the knock out against against MI and DD and now KKR in final. Also. CSK is with full strength and KKR had to change the line-up because of injury like DD had to which cost DD the match, so CSK have the advantage that too in front of home crowd. Should be a cake walk for them !!

  • Cric_Tic on May 27, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    both teams are in final becoz of talent and playing well..Luck played only a small part to pip the other teams whn all are on equal points.. I go with CSK for the strong mental capability of their top 4 or 5 players like Dhoni, Bravo, Ashwin, Ben, Badri. botht team are equal for talent..but it mental strength during pressure tht one team pips other for cup. backing CSK 60-40 for a WIN

  • on May 27, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    Shakib, Narine, Kallis, Brett lee......

  • on May 27, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    Guys the simple fact of the matter is you cant call CSK's campaign pure luck or pure talent... Its a combination of luck, skill and peaking at the moment when it is absolutely needed. I have not seen another team in the league who play as a unit so meticulously like CSK does when its required to...

  • on May 27, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    @skepticaloptimist. You mean to say the 8 wins we had was lucky ? You dont understand something we had 8 wins with a better runrate and no other team got that; how are we lucky ? If somebody says CSK is lucky to get into playoffs its plain rubbish.

  • sweetspot on May 27, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    As much as I think Shakib is a wonderful player, KKR will consider CSK have four left handed batsmen who all hit the ball long. It may not make automatic choice sense to include Shakib.

  • sweetspot on May 27, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    @Rashed Zaman Tonmoy - I used the exaggeration only to highlight a point. A batting unit likes to target some bowlers and take less chances against others. Spinners have got respect because of their quality, not just because they bowl spin, because a team like CSK would have weighed their options and decided who to go after. Even in this scenario, it is that consolidation phase where spinners bowl and get the respect - just after a break and just before the last five overs.

  • on May 27, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    The slight edge that Narine adds to the bowling is neutralized by an extremely talented fielding unit that Chennai has. 8 of the Chennai players are among the best fields IPL has produced. Batting is very deep and everyone is in form.

    In fast bowling, CSK is better placed than KKR with Hilefenhaus, Bravo, Morkel better than any fast bowling combination in KKR. In spinners, Narine adds an extra dimension, but so to some extent does Ashwin who has singlehandedly won matches and has among the lowest economy rates in IPL. The supporting spinners - Jakati, Jadeja, Raina are better than KKR's.

    Thus, CSK deserves to win this better than KKR. Better variety in bowling, strong fielding, great batting depth and intensity backs CSK.

  • Chandy02 on May 27, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    CSK cannot be considered as a lucky team. they cannot be blamed for the way the matches were scheduled.

  • on May 27, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    I wanted MI to win because of Sachin but that did not happen coz of poor captaincy and inconsistency.but now i dont understand the hue and cry over kolkatta. I mean yes they played well and yes they are a good team but why the whole bengal starts behaving as if KKR happens to be their national team ! It is not a war , its a game .. Well regards to CSK , agreed results were in their fevor thats why they are here but why dont u see that they rise to the occassion every time they are under a hammer just like their captain MSD. If it was Sachin who showed the world in nineties that Indians can compete against the best , Dada in early 2000's that Indians can beat any team , it is Dhoni who showed that India can hanlde pressure cooker situations much better than their opponents,give Dhoni his due credit for rising to the occassion every time needed. I hope it wd be a nice contest. But I believe mentally strong CSK shall be the favorites! :)

  • Superstar_Salman_Khan on May 27, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    Lucky CSK. Didn't have to bat second in all the knock out against against MI and DD and now KKR in final. Also. CSK is with full strength and KKR had to change the line-up because of injury like DD had to which cost DD the match, so CSK have the advantage that too in front of home crowd. Should be a cake walk for them !!

  • Cric_Tic on May 27, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    both teams are in final becoz of talent and playing well..Luck played only a small part to pip the other teams whn all are on equal points.. I go with CSK for the strong mental capability of their top 4 or 5 players like Dhoni, Bravo, Ashwin, Ben, Badri. botht team are equal for talent..but it mental strength during pressure tht one team pips other for cup. backing CSK 60-40 for a WIN

  • on May 27, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    Shakib, Narine, Kallis, Brett lee......

  • on May 27, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    Guys the simple fact of the matter is you cant call CSK's campaign pure luck or pure talent... Its a combination of luck, skill and peaking at the moment when it is absolutely needed. I have not seen another team in the league who play as a unit so meticulously like CSK does when its required to...

  • on May 27, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    @skepticaloptimist. You mean to say the 8 wins we had was lucky ? You dont understand something we had 8 wins with a better runrate and no other team got that; how are we lucky ? If somebody says CSK is lucky to get into playoffs its plain rubbish.

  • sweetspot on May 27, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    As much as I think Shakib is a wonderful player, KKR will consider CSK have four left handed batsmen who all hit the ball long. It may not make automatic choice sense to include Shakib.

  • sweetspot on May 27, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    @Rashed Zaman Tonmoy - I used the exaggeration only to highlight a point. A batting unit likes to target some bowlers and take less chances against others. Spinners have got respect because of their quality, not just because they bowl spin, because a team like CSK would have weighed their options and decided who to go after. Even in this scenario, it is that consolidation phase where spinners bowl and get the respect - just after a break and just before the last five overs.

  • on May 27, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    The slight edge that Narine adds to the bowling is neutralized by an extremely talented fielding unit that Chennai has. 8 of the Chennai players are among the best fields IPL has produced. Batting is very deep and everyone is in form.

    In fast bowling, CSK is better placed than KKR with Hilefenhaus, Bravo, Morkel better than any fast bowling combination in KKR. In spinners, Narine adds an extra dimension, but so to some extent does Ashwin who has singlehandedly won matches and has among the lowest economy rates in IPL. The supporting spinners - Jakati, Jadeja, Raina are better than KKR's.

    Thus, CSK deserves to win this better than KKR. Better variety in bowling, strong fielding, great batting depth and intensity backs CSK.

  • Chandy02 on May 27, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    CSK cannot be considered as a lucky team. they cannot be blamed for the way the matches were scheduled.

  • on May 27, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    I wanted MI to win because of Sachin but that did not happen coz of poor captaincy and inconsistency.but now i dont understand the hue and cry over kolkatta. I mean yes they played well and yes they are a good team but why the whole bengal starts behaving as if KKR happens to be their national team ! It is not a war , its a game .. Well regards to CSK , agreed results were in their fevor thats why they are here but why dont u see that they rise to the occassion every time they are under a hammer just like their captain MSD. If it was Sachin who showed the world in nineties that Indians can compete against the best , Dada in early 2000's that Indians can beat any team , it is Dhoni who showed that India can hanlde pressure cooker situations much better than their opponents,give Dhoni his due credit for rising to the occassion every time needed. I hope it wd be a nice contest. But I believe mentally strong CSK shall be the favorites! :)

  • on May 27, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    Let KKR bring all their spinners and their to performance tonight but, CSK is in a great mood for a hat-rick win. CSK well deserves for it and how they came to the finals by only their excellent performance but not luck.

  • rahulcricket007 on May 27, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    @THE BLUE ANDROID . GAMBHIR ,ADE RUNS IN SA ALSO . HE MADE 3 HALF CEMTURIES FROM 2 TESTS THERE .

  • Chandy02 on May 27, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    I don't understand why ppl call it luck. CSK did not design the schedule. it's not their fault that they had to finish their 16 games five days before and wait. Had they played only 15 and had to play the last game on the last day of the regular season after RCB pathetically lost to DC, it would have sounded different. The situation would have been, CSK has already qualified and the match would have no impact what so ever. So it's not luck. The other teams did not have the guns to make it to playoffs. I don't think KXI have it in them to beat DD even once. RR was never going to beat MI even if they had beaten DC. RCB is a whole different story. I dont think they have it in them too.

    So ppl stop calling it luck and enjoy the finals.

  • skepticaloptimist on May 27, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    I think we need to step back and give people the credit they deserve. I was dearly supporting the Mumbai Indians this season, expecting them to win; in fact, I thought their campaign was much like CSK's in 2010. CSK knocked MI out in a victory the former deserved, so no problem. What I don't get, however, is all the gibberish CSK fans have been spamming cricinfo with. Guys, c'mon, congrats for your team, but get over it: there was an element of luck involved in CSK's making it to play-offs. Not that they didn't deserve, it, but it was there. Thereafter, they've played like champs, but doesn't mean KKR's consistency has to be undermined. Good luck to both. I feel Narine factor will decide the game - 60-40 in favor of CSK.

  • on May 27, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    It is just luck that CSK made in to play offs from there to finals. i think kolkota is deserved to be the winner of this IPL 2012....

  • on May 27, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    @ Sweetspot : I never said to bowl 20 overs of spin ! even a child will not say that, there are Balaji(if he is fit), Kallis, Bhatia and Shukla(could be tried for couple of overs) as seamers. I said KKR have the most economical spin trio which will be the key for KKR, they should not change it for the final which will cost them like Delhi, and CSK is very aggressive against fast bowling. If CSK scores like they did in the Eleminator & qualifier then hitters like McCullum or Pathan will have nothing to do as the recent batting is concerned for KKR, but if they restrict CSK within 150 then they will be able to win the 1st title.

  • sweetspot on May 27, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    @Rashed Zaman Tonmoy - Any team that finishes strongly will have a higher strike rate against pace, given the power play overs are also usually bowled by pace bowlers. Only a team that scores comparatively more in the 11-15 over stage will have a better strike rate against spin. These are usually consolidation overs. If you think you can bowl 20 overs of spin and contain a strong batting line up, just imagine how much more than all the teams you know about this game!

  • sarav6492 on May 27, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    The best combination of spinners in chennai soil will choke them...... Having Abdulla, Shakib, and Narine in the playing 11 will help them to take over CSk in the finals....Batting cameo from Yusuf should continue..... As a KKR fan I want my team to win and to win big.. All the best Knights,.......

  • on May 27, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    @ Dipak :the matches CSK lost in this IPL, in all of those matches at least 2 spinners did well with economy rate. CSK vs MI - Harvajan 4(ovr)-24(runs) & P.Ojha 4(ovr)-17(runs) CSK vs DD - V.Merwe 4(ovr)- 15(runs) & S.Nadeem 3(ovr)-9 (runs) CSK vs Pune - M.Kartik 3(ovr)-18(runs) & R.Sharma 3(ovr)-16(runs) CSK vs KXIP - P.Chawla 4(ovr)-20(runs) & D.Hussy 1(ovr)-3(runs) CSK vs KKR - Iqbal.A 3(ovr)-18(runs) & S.Narine 4(ovr)-24(runs) CSK vs MI - Harvajan 3(ovr)-14(runs) So if KKR have to win they have to go with all of the 3 spinners in this match.And Chennai pitch is spinners friendly too.

  • on May 27, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    There is no doubt that Dhoni is a good batsman as well as captain but in this IPL he reached to final on his luck not on performance there was no captaincy and and batting of MS Dhoni .I salute to Dhoni Luck.

  • on May 27, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    1Gambhir2MCcullum3Kallis4Pathan5Shukla6Shakib7Tiwary8Bisla9Iqbal10Balaji11Narine

  • on May 27, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    KKR should chose Brett Lee or Tendo for this match instead of Shakib especially if Balaji is out with injury. CSK has some destructive left handers at the top so no reason to play two left hand orthodox.

  • on May 27, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    @ Dipak : This is the stat of matches CSK lost, in all of those matches at least 2 spinners did well with economy rate. CSK vs MI - Harvajan 4(ovr)-24(runs) & P.Ojha 4(ovr)-17(runs) CSK vs DD - V.Merwe 4(ovr)- 15(runs) & S.Nadeem 3(ovr)-9 (runs) CSK vs Pune - M.Kartik 3(ovr)-18(runs) & R.Sharma 3(ovr)-16(runs) CSK vs KXIP - P.Chawla 4(ovr)-20(runs) & D.Hussy 1(ovr)-3(runs) CSK vs KKR - Iqbal.A 3(ovr)-18(runs) & S.Narine 4(ovr)-24(runs) CSK vs MI - Harvajan 3(ovr)-14(runs) If KKR have to win they have to go with all of the 3 spinners in this match.And Chennai pitch is spinners friendly too.

  • on May 27, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    @ Dipak : In this IPL CSK played 220.7 overs of fast & medium fast bowlers and scored 1867 runs means 8.46 runs per over and played 112 overs of spin bowling and scored 744 runs which means 6.64 runs per overs. Only Sunny Gupta given 47 runs from his 3 overs who just debut for Delhi in last match and Sehwag gone for 21 runs from his 1 over who is not recognized for spin bowling have suffered against CSK. So before the last match CSK scored 6.25 runs / over against spinners. KKR batting is inconsistent. If they have to win they have to restrict CSK with a medium total, so they have to go with their most economical bowlers. If Balaji is fit then Kallis, Bhatia & Shukla can bowl as seamers. While Narine, Shakib & Abdullah will be playing as spinners. And Chennai pitch will be spinner friendly too.

  • Nadeem1976 on May 27, 2012, 4:58 GMT

    CSK is going to win again. Dhoni is superman of IPL. His team can turn any match any time. I don't think it's possible to beat CSK at their home at all. 3 in row titles.

  • rahulcricket007 on May 27, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    I M QUITE SURE THAT GAMBHIR IS ITCHING TO WIN IPL OVER CSK . HE WANTS TO PROVE A POINT OVER DHONI . AS WE HAVE ALREADY SEEN IN AUS TOUR WHERE DHONI WAS ROTATING VIRU , GAMBHIR , SACHIN BY CALLING THEM SLOW FIELDERS . ALSO IT WAS A BIT HARSH ON GAMBHIR THAT HE HAS BEEN STRIPPED FROM VICE CAPTAINCY & KOHLI IS GIVEN THAT JOB . WE ALL KNOW GAMBHIR HAS PLAYED THE MOST IMPORTANT INNINGS IN THE TWO WC FINALS WHICH INDIA WON . ALSO KOHLI IS NOT SUITABLE FOR CAPTAINCY . HE NEEDS TO LEARN SOME PATIENCE & TEMPARAMENT .

  • on May 27, 2012, 4:13 GMT

    From BD,just for a change KKR should win, more so they deserve this title.

  • the_blue_android on May 27, 2012, 4:02 GMT

    Gambhir oozes attitude and focus when he speaks. I wonder why he didn't have the sense to stop playing a cute dab to the third man in swinging and seaming conditions in England and Australia. He was miserable failure in all away test series except against mediocre NZ attack.

  • baranasai on May 27, 2012, 3:08 GMT

    I feel chasing may be a good option than settling a target. Iam not sure whether the pitch will favour the spinners. It all depends on which players stand out and perform and get going. It will be a high voltage drama and i dont feel the result will be a large margin defeat. I feel it will go the last balls or last few balls than few overs left with.It will be a tense finish-may be a score of 160 -170 as target . Whoever wins let the best team wins which is based on good strategy adaptation to the wicket and ofcourse good fielding-so it is still 50-50 for both till 8Pm

  • on May 27, 2012, 3:04 GMT

    Both are equally balanced teams :) MSD & Team, Think that you have only 16 overs and utilize it to the fullest... Scoring 4 to 6 runs per over of Narine should be ok :) GO CSK GO :) Idhu Namba Area :)

  • sasjads on May 27, 2012, 2:55 GMT

    Kkr hv a far better bowling side than of Csk. Bt csk hv a gud batting unit with like of vijay hussey dhoni raina etc so hope it wil be a KKR bowling vs CSK batting.My wishes r fr Kkr and specially wid Iqbal Abdullah.GO KKR GO

  • on May 26, 2012, 23:41 GMT

    Rashed, you recommend KKR go with spin, but did not add CSK's stats comparitive stats against spin. Can you do that?

  • bhaloniaz on May 26, 2012, 22:06 GMT

    Bravo and Albie are perfect 20/20 players. Fast bowlers with high octane bowling. Kallis is a better bowler, but his strike rate is low. Sakib is ok, but he is a spinner. Jadeja/Yusuf provides that. CSK has much better batting, better fast bowling, three good spinners. KKR has Narine. Sakib, Iqbal Abdullah are good spinners (bt Ashwin, Jakati, Jadeja are not far behind). In Kallis and Balaji KKR has two good pacers. KKR depends on players like DB Das, Sukla, Yusuf, Bhatia to fire. Best teams in IPL have one or two great foreign batsmen, two pace bowling allrounder and one or two foreign bowlers. KKR is an exception. They depend a lot on Narine. DD made strategic mistake of attacking too much. CSK has more depth to try things against KKR spinners.

  • on May 26, 2012, 20:57 GMT

    The secret of CSK to reach the final is they played fast bowlers very well, CSK scored 8.46 runs/over against seamers & 6.64 runs/over against spinners through out the tournament. Mumbai & Delhi are fast bowlers oriented teams, so they were defeated by CSK easily. Look how some good fast bowlers suffered against them in differnt matches - Malinga 4(ovr)-41(runs), MM.Patel 4-46, A. Nehra 4-43, Gony 4-54, Watson 3-32, V.Kumar 4-53, A.Sing 4-45, De Lange 3-37, V.Aaron 4-63, Kulkarni 4-46, Praveen Kumar 4-40. So KKR should go with their best spin combination against them.

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  • on May 26, 2012, 20:57 GMT

    The secret of CSK to reach the final is they played fast bowlers very well, CSK scored 8.46 runs/over against seamers & 6.64 runs/over against spinners through out the tournament. Mumbai & Delhi are fast bowlers oriented teams, so they were defeated by CSK easily. Look how some good fast bowlers suffered against them in differnt matches - Malinga 4(ovr)-41(runs), MM.Patel 4-46, A. Nehra 4-43, Gony 4-54, Watson 3-32, V.Kumar 4-53, A.Sing 4-45, De Lange 3-37, V.Aaron 4-63, Kulkarni 4-46, Praveen Kumar 4-40. So KKR should go with their best spin combination against them.

  • bhaloniaz on May 26, 2012, 22:06 GMT

    Bravo and Albie are perfect 20/20 players. Fast bowlers with high octane bowling. Kallis is a better bowler, but his strike rate is low. Sakib is ok, but he is a spinner. Jadeja/Yusuf provides that. CSK has much better batting, better fast bowling, three good spinners. KKR has Narine. Sakib, Iqbal Abdullah are good spinners (bt Ashwin, Jakati, Jadeja are not far behind). In Kallis and Balaji KKR has two good pacers. KKR depends on players like DB Das, Sukla, Yusuf, Bhatia to fire. Best teams in IPL have one or two great foreign batsmen, two pace bowling allrounder and one or two foreign bowlers. KKR is an exception. They depend a lot on Narine. DD made strategic mistake of attacking too much. CSK has more depth to try things against KKR spinners.

  • on May 26, 2012, 23:41 GMT

    Rashed, you recommend KKR go with spin, but did not add CSK's stats comparitive stats against spin. Can you do that?

  • sasjads on May 27, 2012, 2:55 GMT

    Kkr hv a far better bowling side than of Csk. Bt csk hv a gud batting unit with like of vijay hussey dhoni raina etc so hope it wil be a KKR bowling vs CSK batting.My wishes r fr Kkr and specially wid Iqbal Abdullah.GO KKR GO

  • on May 27, 2012, 3:04 GMT

    Both are equally balanced teams :) MSD & Team, Think that you have only 16 overs and utilize it to the fullest... Scoring 4 to 6 runs per over of Narine should be ok :) GO CSK GO :) Idhu Namba Area :)

  • baranasai on May 27, 2012, 3:08 GMT

    I feel chasing may be a good option than settling a target. Iam not sure whether the pitch will favour the spinners. It all depends on which players stand out and perform and get going. It will be a high voltage drama and i dont feel the result will be a large margin defeat. I feel it will go the last balls or last few balls than few overs left with.It will be a tense finish-may be a score of 160 -170 as target . Whoever wins let the best team wins which is based on good strategy adaptation to the wicket and ofcourse good fielding-so it is still 50-50 for both till 8Pm

  • the_blue_android on May 27, 2012, 4:02 GMT

    Gambhir oozes attitude and focus when he speaks. I wonder why he didn't have the sense to stop playing a cute dab to the third man in swinging and seaming conditions in England and Australia. He was miserable failure in all away test series except against mediocre NZ attack.

  • on May 27, 2012, 4:13 GMT

    From BD,just for a change KKR should win, more so they deserve this title.

  • rahulcricket007 on May 27, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    I M QUITE SURE THAT GAMBHIR IS ITCHING TO WIN IPL OVER CSK . HE WANTS TO PROVE A POINT OVER DHONI . AS WE HAVE ALREADY SEEN IN AUS TOUR WHERE DHONI WAS ROTATING VIRU , GAMBHIR , SACHIN BY CALLING THEM SLOW FIELDERS . ALSO IT WAS A BIT HARSH ON GAMBHIR THAT HE HAS BEEN STRIPPED FROM VICE CAPTAINCY & KOHLI IS GIVEN THAT JOB . WE ALL KNOW GAMBHIR HAS PLAYED THE MOST IMPORTANT INNINGS IN THE TWO WC FINALS WHICH INDIA WON . ALSO KOHLI IS NOT SUITABLE FOR CAPTAINCY . HE NEEDS TO LEARN SOME PATIENCE & TEMPARAMENT .

  • Nadeem1976 on May 27, 2012, 4:58 GMT

    CSK is going to win again. Dhoni is superman of IPL. His team can turn any match any time. I don't think it's possible to beat CSK at their home at all. 3 in row titles.