Warne and Dhoni set to face off
Forty-five days of cricket extravaganza will come to an end on Sunday when the Rajasthan Royals face the Chennai Super Kings in the final at the Wankhede stadium.
Hardly anybody had foreseen a Rajasthan Royals charge in the IPL, let alone their entry into the final. But under Shane Warne they tore apart the favouritesí list as well as other teams, playing exciting brand of cricket.
Now, they face Super Kings, one of the pre-tournament favourites, who defeated Kings XI Punjab in the second semifinal on Saturday night by nine wickets.
Super Kings had to wait for a win over Deccan Chargers in their last league game to enter the semifinals. But the tournament has shown that form book has no place in the Twenty20 format, and precisely that factor will add a hue of intrigue to the 59th match of the glamour event.
Royals had a red carpet walk into the final, winning 11 of their 14 matches to top the table. They will also gather energy from the fact that they had defeated their final rivals twice in the league phase.
However, they had a slip in their last league match, succumbing to second-placed Kings XI Punjab, and that victory had made the Mohali side a favourite in the second semifinal against Super Kings.
But the uncertainty of the T20 format was glaringly evident on Saturday, when Super Kings tossed away the predictions with an emphatic show to emerge the winner and earn a ticket to the final. After restricting Kings to a paltry 112 for seven in 20 overs, Chennai overhauled the target with plenty to spare.