IPL 2012

What will prevail: Consistency or big-match aura?

The opinion is divided about which team is going to win the final of the IPL between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders

ESPNcricinfo staff

May 27, 2012

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MS Dhoni and Gautam Gambhir have a chat, Kolkata Knight Riders v Chennai Super Kings, IPL, Kolkata, May 14, 2012
Can Kolkata Knight Riders win their maiden IPL title? © Hindustan Times
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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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Posted by   on (May 27, 2012, 17:21 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (May 27, 2012, 17:05 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (May 27, 2012, 16:48 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (May 27, 2012, 16:32 GMT)

CSK, Itz time for a 3 peat

Posted by 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

Posted by fanofteamindia on (May 27, 2012, 16:22 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (May 27, 2012, 16:12 GMT)

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

Posted by   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!

Posted by   on (May 27, 2012, 13:51 GMT)

My prediction, its goint to be CSK baby.

Posted by 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 ...

Posted by   on (May 27, 2012, 13:11 GMT)

KKR KKR AND KKR GUD LUCK GUYS

Posted by abiindia on (May 27, 2012, 13:05 GMT)

chennai 80% = kkr 20%+ sunil narine

Posted by   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

Posted by Ibra95 on (May 27, 2012, 10:44 GMT)

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

Posted by   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.

Posted by   on (May 27, 2012, 10:11 GMT)

Definetely Kolkatta!!!Horay!

Posted by The_TIGER_of_BD on (May 27, 2012, 9:45 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (May 27, 2012, 9:44 GMT)

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

Posted by 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)

Posted by Zeekay01 on (May 27, 2012, 9:26 GMT)

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

Posted by vallavarayar on (May 27, 2012, 8:50 GMT)

My prediction, its goint to be CSK baby.

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