The 2014 Champions League has entered its crucial stage as the last two standing teams Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders are set to face off against each other in the finals which takes place at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru. Both the teams are coming to the Grande Finale after stamping their authority over their opponents in the Semi-Finals. Kolkata spun their opponents Hobart Hurricanes around whereas Chennai took revenge against Kings XI, who defeated the men in yellow thrice in the IPL.
The big news ahead of the finals is Kolkata Knight Riders are set to go into the match without their main weapon. Their star performer and World’s best T20 bowler Sunil Narine was banned from bowling in the finals after he was banned twice in two matches for illegal bowling action. This will be a welcome news for Chennai given the fact the match will be played at Bengaluru where the 22 yard is a dream pitch for the batsmen. In his absence, Pat Cummins, in all likelihood will make his return to the playing XI. Kolkata’s batting line up looks solid throughout the tournament with the exception of skipper Gautam Gambhir and Yusuf Pathan. Knowing the fact that both are big match players, there might be something to come from the batsmen.
On the other hand, Chennai Super Kings are yet to steal the show in the tournament. Both their openers are far from form and will look to make it count in the big day. Their bowling has been a revelation in the tournament. Ashish Nehra is their surprise hero as he has discovered his old self just ahead of the 2015 World Cup.
Both these team faced each other in the prelims with Kolkata running away with the honours courtesy a swashbuckling innings from West Indian Andre Russell.
Kolkata Knight Riders:
Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Jacques Kallis, Manish Panish, Yusuf Pathan, Ryan Ten Doeschate, Andre Russell, Suryakumar Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav and Pat Cummins.
Chennai Super Kings:
Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, MS Dhoni, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Pawan Negi, Mohit Sharma and Ashish Nehra.