Knight Riders v Kings XI, IPL 2014, final, Bangalore May 31, 2014

The best bowling v the best batting

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Match facts

Sunday, June 1, 2014
Start time 2000 local (1430 GMT)

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Big Picture

They have already met three times this season, but there remains a sense that Kings XI Punjab versus Kolkata Knight Riders hasn't really happened yet. The tournament hasn't yet witnessed a genuinely explosive meeting between its two best sides. Sunday's final might just prove to be that match.

None of the three previous meetings had a comparable context. Seven seasons into the IPL, Kings XI Punjab have finally put together a truly formidable side and have reached their first final. Kolkata Knight Riders, after a lukewarm start, have pulled off eight successive wins to reach their second final. It's a massive day for both sides. There's no way, you'd think, that this match will have the low-key feel of their previous meetings.

Knight Riders hadn't really kicked into gear or even figured out their best combination when they lost a low-scoring game in Abu Dhabi. Kings XI weren't really themselves either in Cuttack or even during the first Qualifier in Kolkata, particularly when they were chasing with one eye on the Duckworth-Lewis equation.

Those three meetings, however, established one thing: Knight Riders were consistently keeping Kings XI's batsmen in check. Knight Riders didn't let Kings XI score 150 even once, and were the only side to successfully defend a total against them.

How long can that continue, though? After his 122 in Friday's Qualifier against Chennai Super Kings, Virender Sehwag joined Glenn Maxwell and David Miller on the list of Kings XI batsmen with more than 400 runs for the season. Between them, these three have only scored one half-century in three games against Knight Riders; in their last meeting on Wednesday, none of them got into double figures. Something, surely, has to give.

Something, you feel, must give, considering the venue for the final. Batsmen love the true bounce and the tiny boundaries at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, and Kings XI, despite not being at their very best, made 198 the last time they batted here. That 198 was one of seven 190-plus totals, including four in excess of 200, for Kings XI this season.

Knight Riders, on the other hand, have only one 170-plus total this season. It is a stat that would normally show a batting side in poor light, but in this case it's a reflection of how good their bowling has been, since Knight Riders have chased 10 times in 15 matches and they haven't had to chase too many massive targets.

Given their opposition, however, there is always a chance they will be called upon to do so, or called upon to post a mammoth first-innings total on a flat pitch. How will they respond to such a call? How will the rest of their batting cope if Robin Uthappa - who has made ten successive 40-plus scores at the top of the order - doesn't give them the start he usually provides?

Form guide

Kings XI Punjab: WLWWL (completed games, most recent first)
Kolkata Knight Riders: WWWWW

Watch out for...

Akshar Patel had a fantastic Ranji Trophy season for Gujarat, with bat and ball, but no one expected he would play anything more than a bit-part role for Kings XI Punjab. As it has turned out, Akshar has been one of only four players who have featured in every single match for them, and has performed so well he is now in India's ODI squad. Akshar has easily been Kings XI's best bowler - with 17 wickets and an economy rate of 6.19 - and, when called upon, a composed presence in the lower middle order. He bowled brilliantly in the first Qualifier against Knight Riders - taking two wickets and giving away just 11 runs in his four overs - and a strong finish to the season could put him among the frontrunners for the Emerging Player award.

Sunil Narine has given up a chance to be part of West Indies' squad for their Test series against New Zealand just to play this one match, and get through four overs of bowling. Those four overs, though, always make a huge difference to Knight Riders' fortunes. Against Kings XI, however, he's not been as much of a force this season, apart from their first meeting in Abu Dhabi, where he had figures of 3 for 24. In his other two matches against Kings XI this season, he had combined figures of 8-0-60-1. Having made a difficult decision to play the final, Narine will hope he can make a big impact.

Stats and trivia

  • On Sunday, either L Balaji or Yusuf Pathan will become the first player to have won the IPL three times (having played at least once in each of the title-winning seasons).

  • Knight Riders have been the most frugal bowling attack during the Powerplay overs this season, with an economy rate of 6.93. Kings XI lie on the opposite end of that table, having given away 8.57 runs an over during the Powerplays. They have been the worst bowling side by far in the first six overs, with the next-worst team, Delhi Daredevils, only giving away 7.42 runs per over.

  • Kings XI have been the most successful pace-bowling side in the tournament, with 69 wickets at an average of 23.45. Knight Riders' pace bowlers, in contrast, have taken 30 wickets at 38.45. The picture turns on its head while comparing the spinners, though: Knight Riders' slow bowlers have tasted the most success in the tournament, with 43 wickets at 19.91. Kings XI's spinners have 29 wickets at 26.81.

Quotes

"It's amazing. It seems I have got my timing joining the IPL right! This is the same as last year, for a different team. Hopefully, my team can once again get over the line this time."
Kings XI fast bowler Mitchell Johnson on playing two successive IPL finals (he won it last year as a Mumbai Indians player)

Karthik Krishnaswamy is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on June 1, 2014, 13:00 GMT

    Can somebody pls update the weather status in Bangalore? Is it raining? Will the match start on time?

  • on June 1, 2014, 12:55 GMT

    hope for new champion. s marsh play in place of Johnson

  • on June 1, 2014, 12:32 GMT

    I think KXIP has a gud chance to lift their maiden IPL trophy as every player is contributing for victory...

    KKR is just depending on Robin n Naraine.. If both fail then its over for them.. Yusuf n Shakib r one game wonder nothing more.. All d best both.. Waiting for Blast

  • on June 1, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    hi cricket lovers bangalore ready fr final..beautifull sun shine in bangalooru ..iam syaying in banglooru so kkr will win robin uttapaa will fire

  • on June 1, 2014, 9:49 GMT

    hope to see a serious cricket today as rain won't create a disturbance :-) overall punjab look heavier side as compared to kkr since this is a batsman friendly pitch so bailey should opt to replace johnson with marsh to gain more strength in batting line up.. kkr's victory mainly depend on uthappa and narine and perhaps shakib, if punjab succeed to send uthappa in pavilion early then for sure kings are gonna lift this year's IPL cup and moreover they deserve it because they play with unity with every player playing his role in the match .. goodluck to both the sides :-)

  • on June 1, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    kings xi going to finish sunday final

  • on June 1, 2014, 8:54 GMT

    Very hard for KKR to compete , they rely too heavily on 2 players King's should win this on a canter

  • on June 1, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    surprise. .surprise. .!!! kings XI will go with 4 overseas dynamites.. maxi marsh miller and baily. and maxi will ball all 4 overs. I am predicting a one side match. narain will lose both.. the Cup and the test selection..

  • on June 1, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    Being the best bowling side, KKR has the edge to contain the KXIP to 160 . But for chasing 160 ,they should fire from the first ball. There will be Shewag/ Maxwell explosion tonight for KXIP to clinch the title unless Pathan upsets the party

  • on June 1, 2014, 0:06 GMT

    I can see only problem or inconsistency in KKR with Gautam Gambhir. If Gambhir does not waste ball (I mean - he is out having strike rate is more than 120%), KKR is winning. Shawag can't do anything today, since he is seriously under pressure to continue his form. He must be slow from the beginning, plus point for KKR. I can only fear of others who were not fired up last few matches, such as Miller and Maxwell. Pathan is always a Pathan, he has a big heart and fearless. He can turn game to KKR today, I have not doubt about. Ryan Ten and Sakib will be building up, I hardly believe they can be so fiery today. Good Luck to KKR, being a Benglali with full respect to Punjabi.

  • on June 1, 2014, 13:00 GMT

    Can somebody pls update the weather status in Bangalore? Is it raining? Will the match start on time?

  • on June 1, 2014, 12:55 GMT

    hope for new champion. s marsh play in place of Johnson

  • on June 1, 2014, 12:32 GMT

    I think KXIP has a gud chance to lift their maiden IPL trophy as every player is contributing for victory...

    KKR is just depending on Robin n Naraine.. If both fail then its over for them.. Yusuf n Shakib r one game wonder nothing more.. All d best both.. Waiting for Blast

  • on June 1, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    hi cricket lovers bangalore ready fr final..beautifull sun shine in bangalooru ..iam syaying in banglooru so kkr will win robin uttapaa will fire

  • on June 1, 2014, 9:49 GMT

    hope to see a serious cricket today as rain won't create a disturbance :-) overall punjab look heavier side as compared to kkr since this is a batsman friendly pitch so bailey should opt to replace johnson with marsh to gain more strength in batting line up.. kkr's victory mainly depend on uthappa and narine and perhaps shakib, if punjab succeed to send uthappa in pavilion early then for sure kings are gonna lift this year's IPL cup and moreover they deserve it because they play with unity with every player playing his role in the match .. goodluck to both the sides :-)

  • on June 1, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    kings xi going to finish sunday final

  • on June 1, 2014, 8:54 GMT

    Very hard for KKR to compete , they rely too heavily on 2 players King's should win this on a canter

  • on June 1, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    surprise. .surprise. .!!! kings XI will go with 4 overseas dynamites.. maxi marsh miller and baily. and maxi will ball all 4 overs. I am predicting a one side match. narain will lose both.. the Cup and the test selection..

  • on June 1, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    Being the best bowling side, KKR has the edge to contain the KXIP to 160 . But for chasing 160 ,they should fire from the first ball. There will be Shewag/ Maxwell explosion tonight for KXIP to clinch the title unless Pathan upsets the party

  • on June 1, 2014, 0:06 GMT

    I can see only problem or inconsistency in KKR with Gautam Gambhir. If Gambhir does not waste ball (I mean - he is out having strike rate is more than 120%), KKR is winning. Shawag can't do anything today, since he is seriously under pressure to continue his form. He must be slow from the beginning, plus point for KKR. I can only fear of others who were not fired up last few matches, such as Miller and Maxwell. Pathan is always a Pathan, he has a big heart and fearless. He can turn game to KKR today, I have not doubt about. Ryan Ten and Sakib will be building up, I hardly believe they can be so fiery today. Good Luck to KKR, being a Benglali with full respect to Punjabi.

  • patilyogs on May 31, 2014, 20:01 GMT

    As mentioned in first para tournament hasn't yet witnessed a genuinely explosive meeting between its two best sides. Sunday's final might just prove to be that match. if that happens tomorrow then KKR do not have any chance...look at Narine figures against KXI...fist match he got wickets of tailenders only....so KXI really need to target their bowers and explode.......the ground very much suits them.....so finger crossed for LIVE action all the way from bangalore........

  • on May 31, 2014, 19:36 GMT

    IPL 2014 final is headlined as Veer vs Zaara !!!

    1) Match will be played at Bangalore pitch, so it would be foolish decision of KKR to go with 3 spinners there. I think Sakib might miss this game and Kallis/Lynn comes in.

    2) Punjab might not risk to go with both Awana n Sandeep now. I think they might replace one of them with Balaji. But Bailey might prefer winning combination in this game.

    Overall KXIP has added advantage only because of bangalore flat pitch . I want KXIP to win IPL 2014. They deserve more than KKR as they were more consistent n beaten CSK thrice.

  • on May 31, 2014, 19:27 GMT

    Can any one from Bangalore here tells us about current weather. Some sites are predicting light to heavy rains on sunday evening. Hows the weather there?

  • Jas.Sohd on May 31, 2014, 18:51 GMT

    For all the KX1P bowling bashers ask any great bowler Wasim Kapil McGrath Vass Donald Lee Pollock or even Murli Kumble Warne Mushtak they'll tell you better bowlers are the ones who go for wickets without worrying about getting hit for runs. And KX1P bowlers have taken the most wickets. Please have some basic knowledge about the game before you start posting your comments.

  • on May 31, 2014, 18:43 GMT

    SAKIB will be the MOM in IPL 2014 final inshallah.... and KKR will be the CHAMPION....

  • on May 31, 2014, 18:39 GMT

    Had rain not been a factor I can bet Kings would have taken the game so kindly praise KKR but dont underestimate kings they have had scores of 200 plus in 4 games that tells you about their batting kkr max scored 170

  • on May 31, 2014, 18:37 GMT

    @Facebook User I like your confidence in KKR team but you missed out on a few facts let me remind you of the same.Your statement KKR is not dependent on Robbie is absolutely wrong fyi games KKR have won 8 games on thraught all games Robbie has played a big innings and given the platform for them.When Robbie was not opening and scoring big kkr were suffering the shakib and yadav factor which your talking about failed miserable take the side home in two games against RR all the batsmen you have mentioned have scored runs after robbie set a platform if robbie fails as you say the platform wont be there and kkr will flaunder.People still keep saying kings is just about miller maxi it is not vohra viru saha bailey patel everyone perform just in case you noted maxi has not scored runs in last few games still they keep winning.As for Qualifier 1 goes Kings had 2 factors they had to contend with rain duckworth lewis and winning a game in keeping abreast with duckworth lewis they played shorts

  • Jas.Sohd on May 31, 2014, 18:26 GMT

    Well since CSK is out I am a little sad I really wanted to see KX1P vs CSK final but that got messed up in first qualifier. For this one I can't really predict anything, this ground is a batting paradise but as someone who has played cricket as a bowling allrounder I know any team with better bowlers and specially the one who can bat as well will always have a better chance. Punjab has Mitch and Sandeep but in India I'll go for Narine Sakib Morkel cause they are more consistent. KKR has earned my respect in this tournament but I'll still be wearing RED to support my home team and May the best team win. I personally want both sides to score low totals cause a high scoring game will only make batsmen more famous while taking the credit away from bowlers for all their hard work throughout the tournament. And I want to see bat vs ball not bat vs bat in any cricket.

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on May 31, 2014, 18:14 GMT

    @Facebook User Oh Come on! Still with KXIP being the M and m show? Maxi hasn't done much since the match against SRH and Miller has also not had much of an impact. Bailey has played a couple of good knocks. Sehwag has continued to provide great starts. Marsh came in and did well. Vohra has hit at least a 30 in every match he has played. Saha has had two 50s and some good little cameos. Even Akshar Patel has won a match with the bat.

    Firstly, Uthappa has had 10 consecutive scores of 40+ so there hasn't been a situation where the rest of the order has had to do much. Shakib did well in one match, one where Uthappa would have won anyway. Pathan's innings was VERY lucky with dropped catches and wild slogs going for sixes off the edge. Yadav is good, but really young and has barely had any opportunity to get into form. Same with Tendo. KKR has a mostly untested batting line up going on a batting friendly pitch. Can you honestly say that KKR would be here without Uthappa?

  • Alimul-Ahsan on May 31, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    Kings XI are clear favorites this time on the batting paradise wicket and shorter boundary of chinnaswamy stadium. I doubt this time KKR would not be able to restrict them even below 200 (If Kings XI bat first). And, KKR batting line up, even though they have reached final, still inconsistent and not capable of chasing or putting up such big score. Whatever, all the best for KKR!!!

  • on May 31, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    KKR will win tomorrow.

    Rather its Punjub who depends on Maxwell/Miller .

    If you look at KKR, its totally a great teamwork. Everyone performed on the last 8 eight wins. If Uthappa gone for 0, Pandey, Shakib, Pathan, Ryan are there to step up. and they showed already . Shakib showed against RCB, Pathan showed against SRH, Yadav showed in last match. So, It's not just Uthappa on who we are depending.

    Let's comment tomorrow this time, not today anymore to waste time.

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on May 31, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    @Fajina Ayube I'll tell you why. Take out Uthappa and Narine and tell me who performed well enough to take KKR on an 8 match winning streak. Narine has 20 wickets and Uthappa has 10 40+ scores. Who else has done anything of substance for more than one game (substance=match winning performance). And thats just everyone's point. No one can fire everyday. The day Mxwell or Miller didn't perform, Sehwag or Manan or Saha or Bailey stepped up. When the batting failed, the bowlers usually bailed them out. When the bowlers got whacked, the captain cheered them up and either they struck back or the batsmen made up for them. Now THAT is what you call a composed team that gels well together and THAT is a consistent team. The thing is, Should Uthappa and Narine fail tomorrow, who does KKR have in good consistent form as back up? Don't get me wrong, someone could pay a blinder like Bisla, but if KKR win, it will either be on Uthappa/Narine's back or a lucky innings.

  • on May 31, 2014, 16:31 GMT

    I will be hoping and praying for a Kings XI Punjab victory in the final. All of Punjab will come to a stand still during the game. Punjab's time has surely come! Tomorrow night, everyone will be a Mast Punjabi!

  • on May 31, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    good luck to kkr..dont know why everyone is saying kkr reached the finals based on one man or two men kkip didnt have consistency with all their players its just that who clicked did it big for them...I think kkr is composed and gels well as a team and hopefully will lift the trophy

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on May 31, 2014, 16:14 GMT

    I really don't like this KXIP bowler bashing. Yes, its not the best bowling line up in the tournament and while the numbers might suggest otherwise, they are certainly not the worst. This attack has won the team several matches, especially when the batting hasn't fired. A prime example was the first match against KKR. KXIP had a pace heavy attack and they did really well in the UAE which assisted pace. In India, they suffered like all the other pacers but their young bowlers like Akshar, Shivam and Karanveer have stepped up now. They are still young and inexperienced but they have shown tremendous heart and guts along with their obvious talent. They might go for a lot, but the KXIP are wicket takers with a lot of them in the top 20. They also hunt as a pack really well and when they are on song, they can stifle any line up. People also have to realize the KXIP has played mostly on good batting tracks where "better" bowling attacks have also been taken to the cleaners.

  • Robtyson on May 31, 2014, 16:04 GMT

    Have a feeling that KKR will win easily. It'll be difficult for Kings XI to score against sunil narine and sakib. In fact Kings XI will have to score all the runs in just 12 overs (as 8 overs will be occupied by narine and sakib). KKR has a better bowling line up than Kings XI. Kings XI won all the matches(especially against CSK) becoz of their batting fire power but those were all against weak bowling line ups. This will not work against strong bowling against KKR. Sehwag will be a colossal flop tomorrow and the same will hold true for Maxwell. Go KKR!!!

  • patilyogs on May 31, 2014, 15:31 GMT

    Chinnaswamy ground more suits to KXI than KKR...if KXI managed to score 180 plus (given good bowling attack of KKR) still they have good chance to win this one as KKR never chased 180 plus target and they will surely mess of it....if KKR play first then if they restrict below 180 KXI can easily pull this out......so best luck to KXI.....hopefull will have one more Viru show.....

  • on May 31, 2014, 15:22 GMT

    I feel KKR's wining streak is going to break and Kings XI to carry the cup this season. Never in T20's have a side won more than 5 games (international or IPL) KKR have won 8 and things might just balance out here in the finals. With the game in Banglore, KingsXI would enjoy it more after their run feast against CSK and will be looking to take it a step further. with Sehwag firing KKR have another man to watch out for apart from the M & M's not forgetting Vohra and Akshar Patel. KKR rely alot on Uthappa to give them the start which is problematic as just one delivery can make the difference between a good start for either team. Teams have found a way around Narine. just keep the wickets column dry and not look alot at the economy. All said KingsXI's ability to score big can just be the thing that might take them over the line tomorrow. Will be a cracker of a game nonetheless. I would suggest win the toss bat first for any team.

  • on May 31, 2014, 15:21 GMT

    don't think Punjab will score 200+ against KKR. yes this could b best bowling vs best batting. Punjab is d only team got more 200+ scores in did yr IPL. manan got bright future axar and karanveer too. Punjab deserve d cup

  • Rahul_Kayal on May 31, 2014, 15:20 GMT

    I would be very happy to see KKR with their second IPL trophy. KXIP was consistent in UAE stages, but in India KKR is simply unstoppable. KXIP is dependent mostly with their foreign batsman Maxwell, Miller & Bailey. I am very happy that Viru is back in form but I am doubtful about his consistency. Vohra can play a key role here. It would be exiting to see how these players will perform under very tight bowling line up. Remember that Knight Riders were consistently keeping Kings XI's batsmen in check. Knight Riders didn't let Kings XI score 150 even once, and were the only side to successfully defend a total against them. KKR has five full time bowler Umesh, Morkel, Shakib, Chawla & Narine as well as Tendo & Pathan can give good support to them. With Gambhir, Uthappa, Pandey, Pathan, Shakib & Tendo in batting I won't say it's a good line up but can survive with the poor bowling line up of KXIP. I believe it will be a very exiting final this year. All the best to both KXIP & KKR. Cheers.

  • Rakes7 on May 31, 2014, 14:55 GMT

    In kkr point of view gambhir need to score runs as he is not at his best in last few matches.kkr should retain same xi-1gambhir,2uthappa,3pandey,4yusuf,5sakib,6ryan ten,7yadav, 8piyush,9narine, 10umesh,11morkel

  • on May 31, 2014, 14:37 GMT

    remember .. this is the home ground of uttappa..maneesh...and vinay kumar ...they knew every inces of pitch in chinna swamy...

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on May 31, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    Hopefully, with the Chinnaswamy pretty much assured to blunt out KKR's bowling, KXIP can win tomorrow. Both these teams have had a great run into the finals, but I feel like KXIP deserves to win more than KKR. Not only were they more consistent throughout the tournament, across both the UAE and India, they have played the most exhilarating and fearless cricket across all the editions of the IPL. On top of that, they have provided the best uncapped talent for India aside from RR this season and have won primarily due to great team work and combined efforts from every individual. KKR on the other hand has come to the final based almost entirely on Uthappa's amazing run and Narine's nagging consistency. Yes, Pathan had that one innings, but that was a one off (till now). I don't like teams winning on the back of a couple of players and historically, it doesn't quite work. RCB tried this in 2011 with Gayle and once he got out, they were clueless. Lets see what happens if Uthappa gets out.

  • xylo on May 31, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    I think KKR hold a definite edge here. Uthappa knows the stadium like the back of his hand, and is more likely to perform well. Narine has been toying with KXIP on any surface. As for KXIP, only Sehwag and Vohra could perform against KKR's bowling attack, and given that Sehwag's luck shone on him in the eliminator, only Vohra remains.

  • on May 31, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    hope kolkata will not make any changes in their 11 and with unchange side they surly win.

  • Kashi0127 on May 31, 2014, 14:12 GMT

    I don't know about the best bowling on KKR. They have great batting with Uthappa. They have good bowlers in Morkel and Vinay Kumar. They also have a player who ditched his country for IPL in Sunil Narine.

  • Kashi0127 on May 31, 2014, 14:10 GMT

    On Weather front, it has been hot days for past few days with thunderstorms forecast every day. It has not happened so far. Would NOT be surprised if it pours on Sunday - a poetic justice to Narine's bad decision.

  • on May 31, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    Its a small compensation to Bangalore crowd that at least 2 or 3 local players will be in action for the finals

  • on May 31, 2014, 14:00 GMT

    welcome home uthappa-pandey

  • on May 31, 2014, 13:31 GMT

    Have the sympathy to sakib & KKR but it would be punjab day to become the real king.

  • on May 31, 2014, 13:18 GMT

    i am hoping a nail biting match though... Narine chose this final match upon his country's test match which is gonna spark another controversy on ipl... there should be some regulations player would have follow... Both teams are in good touch... waiting for a biggest game

  • on May 31, 2014, 13:18 GMT

    how is weather there...!!! we hope sun will smile and cricket will win.....best wishes to our team KKR ...& sakib ...marine also....

  • on May 31, 2014, 13:17 GMT

    Gambhir, Shakib, Pathan, Kallis & Narine are experienced of playing final for KKR and winning IPL trophy. all of them must be included for tomorrow's final ! along with Utthappa, Pandey, Umesh, S.Yadav, Morkel & Chawla.

  • niazbhi on May 31, 2014, 13:03 GMT

    KKR just have two players who are should always be retained Uthappa and Narine.As good as Sakib's bowling is,he is replaceable by an indian leftarm bowler with some batting. In the current team Sakib gives the edge to the team. KKR can have genuine bowlers nd most of them are bowling ok. KKR's weakness is not that Yousuf, TD, Sakib has not scored m more runs. Its Gamvir and Pandey scored too slow to let those four show their capabilities. RTD has T20I average and SR similar to any other 2020 greats, Sakib, Yadav and Yousuf give enough SR and depth to match most team'sbatting. KXIP is favorites.

  • on May 31, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    Chinnaswamy is a small ground and batting paradise nothing much in it for the bowlers if the formidable Kings score 230 plus kkr will have a touch if robbie fails csk had a raina who blasted away even though smith didnt perform do kkr have raina replica if robbie fails

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  • on May 31, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    Chinnaswamy is a small ground and batting paradise nothing much in it for the bowlers if the formidable Kings score 230 plus kkr will have a touch if robbie fails csk had a raina who blasted away even though smith didnt perform do kkr have raina replica if robbie fails

  • niazbhi on May 31, 2014, 13:03 GMT

    KKR just have two players who are should always be retained Uthappa and Narine.As good as Sakib's bowling is,he is replaceable by an indian leftarm bowler with some batting. In the current team Sakib gives the edge to the team. KKR can have genuine bowlers nd most of them are bowling ok. KKR's weakness is not that Yousuf, TD, Sakib has not scored m more runs. Its Gamvir and Pandey scored too slow to let those four show their capabilities. RTD has T20I average and SR similar to any other 2020 greats, Sakib, Yadav and Yousuf give enough SR and depth to match most team'sbatting. KXIP is favorites.

  • on May 31, 2014, 13:17 GMT

    Gambhir, Shakib, Pathan, Kallis & Narine are experienced of playing final for KKR and winning IPL trophy. all of them must be included for tomorrow's final ! along with Utthappa, Pandey, Umesh, S.Yadav, Morkel & Chawla.

  • on May 31, 2014, 13:18 GMT

    how is weather there...!!! we hope sun will smile and cricket will win.....best wishes to our team KKR ...& sakib ...marine also....

  • on May 31, 2014, 13:18 GMT

    i am hoping a nail biting match though... Narine chose this final match upon his country's test match which is gonna spark another controversy on ipl... there should be some regulations player would have follow... Both teams are in good touch... waiting for a biggest game

  • on May 31, 2014, 13:31 GMT

    Have the sympathy to sakib & KKR but it would be punjab day to become the real king.

  • on May 31, 2014, 14:00 GMT

    welcome home uthappa-pandey

  • on May 31, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    Its a small compensation to Bangalore crowd that at least 2 or 3 local players will be in action for the finals

  • Kashi0127 on May 31, 2014, 14:10 GMT

    On Weather front, it has been hot days for past few days with thunderstorms forecast every day. It has not happened so far. Would NOT be surprised if it pours on Sunday - a poetic justice to Narine's bad decision.

  • Kashi0127 on May 31, 2014, 14:12 GMT

    I don't know about the best bowling on KKR. They have great batting with Uthappa. They have good bowlers in Morkel and Vinay Kumar. They also have a player who ditched his country for IPL in Sunil Narine.