Kolkata Knight Riders go into the Champions League T20 final as underdogs despite having won their last 14 matches. Unless they choose to play him as a specialist batsman, Sunil Narine will play no part in the final. Chennai Super Kings, against whose power-packed batting lineup he has an economy rate of 5.90 in eight matches, must have rejoiced when they heard news of his bowling ban during their semi-final game.
Narine is the highest wicket-taker in this tournament, has the best economy rate of anyone who has bowled a significant number of overs, and is absolutely central to Knight Riders' bowling plans. Out of the 20 overs he has bowled in the CLT20, only four have come outside the first six or the last five of an innings. Now, in their most important game of the tournament, Knight Riders will have to rejig their entire bowling plan and figure out which of their bowlers will deliver the most critical overs.
In the absence of Sunil Narine KKR bowling attack is not that impressive if CSK is the opponent. CSK batsmen knows how to play KKR spinners and they are the one who knows how to handle pressure.
Though KKR manage to sneak a win the IPL to qualify for the finals, our experts have decided to go with CSK in this game.
Final: Chennai Super Kings v Kolkata Knight Riders, Oct 4, 2014
- Kolkata Knight Riders (45% Votes)
- Chennai Super Kings (55% Votes)