IPL 2012 May 27, 2012

What will prevail: Consistency or big-match aura?

ESPNcricinfo staff
The opinion is divided about which team is going to win the final of the IPL between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders
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"No doubt they are playing in their own backyard and they've been two-time winners, so they know how to play the finals."
Gautam Gambhir, captain of Kolkata Knight Riders, said both teams stand an equal chance

"Great game in store tonight. KKR have been excellent this year, brought well and played well. We know to be the best, we have to beat the best!"
Stephen Fleming, Chennai Super Kings' coach, on Twitter

"Tomorrow I support Kolkata Knight riders. We need a new IPL Champion."
Lalit Modi, former IPL chairman, lends out his support to Shah Rukh Khan and his franchise on Twitter

"Succeeding in the knockouts is a lot about playing fearless cricket and no team plays as fearlessly as the Chennai Super Kings. Beware KKR."
Aakash Chopra , former India Test batsman, believes Super Kings are a hard team to beat in crunch games.

"They [Knight Riders] are a pretty balanced side and have been consistent this season. They have the players to win matches."
Sourav Ganguly, Pune Warriors captain, thinks his former team has a better chance of winning the title

"They [Chennai Super Kings] struggled through the league system but came good at the business end, which is the sign of champions and that is what they are."
Eric Simons, Delhi Daredevils coach, after Super Kings' crushing win in the second qualifier

"I think KKR. [Sunil] Narine is the difference."
Kevin Pietersen on Twitter

"We need to be wary and cannot take things lightly. The only thing I can tell you is that we are geared up for the match."
Murali Vijay, Super Kings opening batsman, struck form with a century in the win against Daredevils

"We struggled a bit before the eliminators but that's something Chennai have done over the years, is play their best cricket in the big games and we are doing that at the moment."
Super Kings batsman Faf du Plessis feels the team has the talent to make it three titles in a row

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  • on May 27, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    strategic time out ... KKR lose cpl of wickets ... Gonna go to the wild lol ...

  • on May 27, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    omg!! kkr already raced past 75 @ gud pace! match still open

  • on May 27, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    seems the CSK team will do it - altho KKR deserv it - they hav risen to the occasion

  • on May 27, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    CSK, Itz time for a 3 peat

  • Sadiqahmed on May 27, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    KKR made some important mistakes that might cost them the championship. First why play Brett Lee instead of Mccullum? His track record is hardly something to right home about. Instead Ballaji could have done to job. Second, why bowl Yusuf Pathan? Saqib could have bowled his full qouta. See how he handled the final over with Suresh and Dhoni on the crease! Also Bhatia could have done the job with his fourth over. The additional 8-10 runs over the average conceeded by Yusuf might be the difference. I still hope and pray that KKR wins. They are probably the most consistent team of the IPL 2012.

    For the next round of IPL, I hope they are able to swap Brett Lee with Morne or Dale Steyn. That will make KKR really formidable.

    Sadiq Ahmed

  • fanofteamindia on May 27, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    If Pietersen's prediction is anything to go by..CSK has won the match

  • on May 27, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    2 misfield giving away extra run in final over !! Seems the agreed total was not achieved lol !!

  • on May 27, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    Support for CSK is tremendous. Wonder what will happen if KKR are able to pull off that 'shock' victory in CSK's backyard!

  • on May 27, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    My prediction, its goint to be CSK baby.

  • mahe21 on May 27, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    CSK is going to rock this match .. Already they proved they are the CHAMPIONS !!!

    CSK = IPL CHAMPIONS ...

  • on May 27, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    strategic time out ... KKR lose cpl of wickets ... Gonna go to the wild lol ...

  • on May 27, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    omg!! kkr already raced past 75 @ gud pace! match still open

  • on May 27, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    seems the CSK team will do it - altho KKR deserv it - they hav risen to the occasion

  • on May 27, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    CSK, Itz time for a 3 peat

  • Sadiqahmed on May 27, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    KKR made some important mistakes that might cost them the championship. First why play Brett Lee instead of Mccullum? His track record is hardly something to right home about. Instead Ballaji could have done to job. Second, why bowl Yusuf Pathan? Saqib could have bowled his full qouta. See how he handled the final over with Suresh and Dhoni on the crease! Also Bhatia could have done the job with his fourth over. The additional 8-10 runs over the average conceeded by Yusuf might be the difference. I still hope and pray that KKR wins. They are probably the most consistent team of the IPL 2012.

    For the next round of IPL, I hope they are able to swap Brett Lee with Morne or Dale Steyn. That will make KKR really formidable.

    Sadiq Ahmed

  • fanofteamindia on May 27, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    If Pietersen's prediction is anything to go by..CSK has won the match

  • on May 27, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    2 misfield giving away extra run in final over !! Seems the agreed total was not achieved lol !!

  • on May 27, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    Support for CSK is tremendous. Wonder what will happen if KKR are able to pull off that 'shock' victory in CSK's backyard!

  • on May 27, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    My prediction, its goint to be CSK baby.

  • mahe21 on May 27, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    CSK is going to rock this match .. Already they proved they are the CHAMPIONS !!!

    CSK = IPL CHAMPIONS ...

  • on May 27, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    KKR KKR AND KKR GUD LUCK GUYS

  • abiindia on May 27, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    chennai 80% = kkr 20%+ sunil narine

  • on May 27, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    KKR shall win the IPL final as tiger Shakib al Hasan tremendously may take some importent wickets of CSK like Muraly Vijay and all. It shall depend on KKR's captenancy that how opening bowlers of KKR shall be selected against the opening batsmen of CSK particularly against V. Murali. Suggest to put SHAKIB AL HASAN against V. MURALI.i

  • Ibra95 on May 27, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    Kevin Pietersen 's right, defenitely KKR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Come on KKR, we wanna new champ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!BEAT THEM!!!!

  • on May 27, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    Boils down to the fact, who plays best on the day of the game, meaning it is luck of the day.... remains to be seen which criteria attracts luck, bravery or professionalism or both.

  • on May 27, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    Definetely Kolkatta!!!Horay!

  • The_TIGER_of_BD on May 27, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    My prediction is: kkr-45%,csk-55%.

  • on May 27, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    CSK will make it three in row.......

  • skal725 on May 27, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    Cricinfo, it would be great for you to have actual game-day predictions for the entire playoffs from independent analysts, writers, other players etc. The above is a collection of quotes, some pretending to be a prediction (e.g. Lalit Modi), instead of an actual prediction (e.g Pietersen)

  • Zeekay01 on May 27, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    I am on KKR side.....but there is no stopping CSK anymore :(

  • vallavarayar on May 27, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    My prediction, its goint to be CSK baby.

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  • vallavarayar on May 27, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    My prediction, its goint to be CSK baby.

  • Zeekay01 on May 27, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    I am on KKR side.....but there is no stopping CSK anymore :(

  • skal725 on May 27, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    Cricinfo, it would be great for you to have actual game-day predictions for the entire playoffs from independent analysts, writers, other players etc. The above is a collection of quotes, some pretending to be a prediction (e.g. Lalit Modi), instead of an actual prediction (e.g Pietersen)

  • on May 27, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    CSK will make it three in row.......

  • The_TIGER_of_BD on May 27, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    My prediction is: kkr-45%,csk-55%.

  • on May 27, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    Definetely Kolkatta!!!Horay!

  • on May 27, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    Boils down to the fact, who plays best on the day of the game, meaning it is luck of the day.... remains to be seen which criteria attracts luck, bravery or professionalism or both.

  • Ibra95 on May 27, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    Kevin Pietersen 's right, defenitely KKR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Come on KKR, we wanna new champ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!BEAT THEM!!!!

  • on May 27, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    KKR shall win the IPL final as tiger Shakib al Hasan tremendously may take some importent wickets of CSK like Muraly Vijay and all. It shall depend on KKR's captenancy that how opening bowlers of KKR shall be selected against the opening batsmen of CSK particularly against V. Murali. Suggest to put SHAKIB AL HASAN against V. MURALI.i

  • abiindia on May 27, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    chennai 80% = kkr 20%+ sunil narine