Today's final would be a match between the most balanced IPL Teams of the season. Whatever might be the conditions, both these squad have depth to defeat the opponents. But their squad is optimized for Indian conditions from the top to the bottom.
e.g. Three Quality Spinners(KKR - Naraine, Shakhib, Iqbal & CSK - Ashwin, Jadeja & Jakat) and One more very good spinning option available if needed. (KKR - Yusuf & CSK - Raina). A long tail with multiple all-rounders coming lower-down in the squad. And, add to all this, a very good mix of explosive and quality batsmen.
CSK Probable XI:
1. Hussey 2. Vijay 3. Raina 4. Bravo 5. Dhoni 6. Badri 7. Albie 8. Jadeja 9 Ashwin 10. Jakati 11. Hilfenhauz
Barring any injuries, we can expect the same team to compete in the finals.
KKR Probale XI:
1. Gambhir 2. McNullum 3. Kallis 4. Tiwary 5. Shakib 6. Yusuf 7. Shukla 8. Bhatia 9. Iqbal Abdulla 10. Naraine 11. Balaji
The team would be hoping that Balaji is fit today. If not, we might see Marchant de Lange coming in for McNullum and DB Das coming into the squad.
Most Dangerous Players:
1. Gambhir: He is the rock in which KKR batting has been built this season. It is important that Hilfy & Morkel keeps Gambhir quiet in the early overs.
2. Sunil Naraine: He has been the IPL bowler of this season. None of the batsman have played him comfortably. How Hussey & Bravo handle him tomorrow would be crucial.
Prediction: Expecting a close match tomorrow. But believe CSK will get through - with the yellow brigade backing them.
What is your prediction?