Bangalore: The wheel would have come a full circle when the Kolkata Knight Riders take on the Chennai Super Kings in the Grand Finale of the Champions League Twenty 20 2014. The opening contest of the competition, played on 17 September 2014, featured these same two IPL sides. Eighteen days later, after 20 group stage matches and two semi-finals, KKR and CSK are the two teams left standing.
KKR have looked near-invincible in their road to the summit clash. Unlike in the IPL 2014, when the team rode mainly on the performances of skipper Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa and Sunil Narine, this time around the team has found new match-winners almost every time.
Chennai Super Kings’ group stage campaign comprised two wins, one defeat and one match in which they split points with their opponent. With ten points in the kitty, CSK’s fortunes hinged on the result of the final Group A match between the Perth Scorchers and the Lahore Lions. The Scorchers’ three-wicket victory over the Lions paved the way for CSK’s progress to the knockouts.
In the crunch semi-final, CSK were pushed onto the backfoot early on, but fought back in spectacular fashion and annihilated their opponents Kings XI Punjab to barge into the final.