RCB vs CSK: IPL4 final preview

Published: Saturday, May 28, 2011, 9:38 [IST]
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RCB vs CSK: IPL4 final preview

Chennai, have so far been the most consistent team in all editions of the IPL. May 28 clash is their third final in the four editions of IPL, second on the trot and thus they clearly have the advantage in terms of experience of the high-pressure game. Bangalore, on the hand have been, one of the better sides of the lucrative T20 tournament and have been to the finals before and would like to improve upon that and win their first IPL trophy.

Both the sides have two very astute and effective captains who are shrewd enough to find a weak link in the opposition ranks and turn that in to their team's advantage. But M S Dhoni, who is leading Chennai has a huge advanatage over Daniel Vettori, his RCB counter-part. Dhoni, will be leading almost the same team that won CSK the trophy in 2010. Whereas RCB has players like Zaheer Khan, Virat Kohli who have the experience of playing in IPL finals, but for different sides and same result - loss.

The team that is able to handle the pressure better, will be the one that is most likely to triumph in the title clash. And that is where, CSK again appear to have the upper-hand, except when it comes to a certain Chris Gayle in the RCB line-up. While Dhoni and his boys would be aiming to emulate their success against Gayle in the last match between the two teams, the Carribean blaster would be seeking to continue his golden run in this edition of the IPL and get himself a much higher price-tag for the next time around.

Coming in to RCB's batting, that must be a bit of worry for Vettori, as none of them have managed to make an indelible impact on the game. Save for the Virat Kohli, and to a certain extent Mayank Aggarwal, the rest of the RCB line-up has not delivered the goods. Sourabh Tiwary, has just failed to replicate his success with the Mumbai Indians in RCB and has sort of turned in to a liability for the team. Same for A B de Villiers.

RCB bowling, too hasn't appeared that impressive despite the presence of Zaheer Khan and Daniel Vettori. True they restricted Mumbai to 143 on May 27, but that was largely due to mindless shots by Mumbai Indians batsmen and a slightly helpful pitch.

CSK's batting, very much like it's bowling hasn't been reliant on a single individual and have rather worked as a unit. Hussey, Vijay, Raina, Badrinath and Dhoni may not individually be as destructive as Gayle or a Sehwag, but then together they have regularly chased down seemingly impossible targets while setting them too.

Their bowling, is once again a compact unit, with no real big name in it, but still together they are perhaps the best bowling attack in the tournament. Bollinger, has carried out the CSK pace attack with such ease that one wonders why has he not been entrusted the spearhead's job in Australian team. Ashwin, continues to impress and should be a handful against Gayle.

Fielding-wise both the sides are on the same-boat, but once again it is the team that can handle the pressure is more likely to come victorious. On the whole, this should be another cracker of a match.

OneIndia Cricket

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