IPL 2013: 10 facts about the final at Eden Gardens

Kolkata, May 26: After 75 matches spread across various venues and contested for more than 50 days, here we are for the final of IPL 2013. Two-time champions Chennai Super Kings will lock horns with Mumbai Indians at the Eden Gardens tonight at 8PM IST.

Here are the 10 things you need to know about the IPL 6 final

1. Chennai Super Kings are playing in their 5th final in six years, most by any team in IPL history

2. Kolkata’s Eden Gardens is hosting the final for the first time

3. Mumbai Indians are in the final for the second time

4. CSK have won the title twice, 2010 and 2011

5. Today’s match is a repeat of 2010 final. CSK had won that game by 22 runs in Mumbai

6. Michael Hussey has a chance to become the first Orange Cap holder to win the title. He is currently the leading run scorer with 732

7. Hussey can claim a record for most runs in a single edition if he scores 2 more. The maximum in one edition is 733 by Chris Gayle

8. CSK have lost 2 finals, in 2008 to Rajasthan Royals and in 2012 against Kolkata Knight Riders

9. Dwayne Bravo needs 1 wicket to take the Purple Cap. He has 28 so far and is tied with James Faulkner. However, Faulkner holds the Cap with better economy rate

10. This year’s head-to-head record between the finalists is 2-1 in favour of MI. They had beaten CSK in both league games (home and away). In playoffs, CSK had won

Spot-fixing: Former Ranji player Yadav arrested

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New Delhi, May 21: The Railways on Monday suspended former Ranji Trophy player Baburao Yadav after his arrest for involvement in the spot-fixing scandal that has rocked the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL).

Baburao was working as operator in the Signal and Telecom division. He was posted at Nagpur with the South Central Railways.

Baburao had introduced alleged bookie Sunil Bhatia to Rajasthan Royals player Ajit Chandila.

The IPL last week found itself engulfed in a sensational spot-fixing scandal after S Sreesanth and two of his Rajasthan Royals teammates were arrested by the police which claimed that they received upto Rs 60 lakh from bookies for bowling one manipulated over.

Earlier in the day, police recovered Rs 20 lakh from Chandila`s relatives` home. Read more

Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders IPL 2012 Final match Post Match Presentation

Gambhir: Only one word comes to mind, mission accomplished. We knew we had the side to go all the way. People had questioned our middle order but I knew they would come good when it really mattered. Balaji is our unsung hero, it was tough for him to miss out on this match before his home crowd and we were playing for him. It is tough to go out and chase 190 against a home side that is defending their title. It just shows Bisla’s character that he could go out there and play such an innings. I think it is the team that makes a captain look good. I wore my pads through the innings as a superstition but then again the guys played some brilliant cricket. I want to thank Kolkata for their support and I hope we have made them very happy tonight.

Dhoni: Well it was a big total, that’s why we wanted to bat first. I think in the second half the ball started coming on to the bat better. But someone needed to bat well and Bisla and Kallis gave KKR a really good partnership. Cricket is a game of plus ten and minus ten if you lose you think you were short of ten odd runs. I think the batsmen did really well in the first half, it is just that the individuals from the other side did better and won. It got close at the end but there was no reverse swing and that’s why it got tougher for the bowlers to bowl those wide yorkers at the end. I am proud of the way we played.

Narine: It has been a pleasure playing here. I have been talking to my parents a lot and the people in Trinidad have been backing me. Hopefully I can be picked for the England series and hopefully I can go there and do well.

Sunil Narine has been given the Man of the Series award for his amazing display with the ball

Dravid: It is nice to receive this award on behalf of my team. I don’t think it had anything to do with me. Credit to the bowlers for bowling their overs in the stipulated time. That’s what this award depends on. I think it was a great final and it has been a great tournament, more of the same next year hopefully

Rahul Dravid gets an award for his team’s display of fairplay throughout the tournament

Morne Morkel finishes up as the leading wicket taker in this season of the IPL

IPL 2012 Final: Chennai opts to bat against Kolkata Knight Riders

Toss: Chennai Super Kings have won the toss and elected to bat

Dhoni: We are looking to bat first in a pressure game and we want to put runs on the board. The pitch looks a little different with some more grass but it depends on how they have rolled it. It is different every time when you play the final. It is a fresh time everytime and you just need to be consistent. It is about this particular portion of three and a half hours. We are unchanged for this match.

Gambhir: We have three quality spinners and also have Lee today, so we are up for the challenge. Unfortunately Balaji has to miss out due to an injury and hence we have to bring in Lee. McCullum makes way for Bisla.

IPL 2012 Preview: Chennai Vs Delhi, Eliminator 2, IPL 5, 25 May 2012

Wounded Delhi Daredevils (DD) would be eager to draw inspiration from their own performances in the league stages for a spot in the final of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) when they take on a rejuvenated Chennai Super Kings in the second qualifying match at Chennai on Friday.

Having topped the table with 11 wins out of 16 matches at the league stage, the Daredevils were humbled by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the first qualifier in Pune on Tuesday.

The high-flying Daredevils failed to live up to their expectations with a string of mediocre performances in their previous game against KKR and on Friday is their last chance to redeem their reputation of being the most consistent side of the IPL V so far.

On the other hand, defending champions Chennai, despite their ordinary performances in the league stages, peaked just at the right time. They recovered from an impossible situation to keep alive their chances of winning a hat-trick titles alive.

With skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who smashed a whirlwind 20-ball 51 against Mumbai Indians on Wednesday night to help his team make the second qualifier, returning to form in style, the Daredevils might have to bring in some fresh game plan to arrest the marauding Chennai outfit.

While Chennai would be hoping for a similar performance, in what could be considered as a semifinal against the Daredevils on Friday, Virender Sehwag’s men would be relying heavily on their batting.

The Delhi side would be depending on their strong batting lineup, consisting of the likes of Sehwag, David Warner, Mahela Jayawardane, Ross Taylor and Naman Ojha, to post a formidable total on the board, their bowling department heavily relies on pace trio of Morne Morkel, Umesh Yadav and Irfan Pathan.

But comer on Friday, Delhi would certainly have to be cautious against a team that had, in past, regrouped into a cohesive team during crunch games.

The Super Kings, who bring out their best when they are pushed to the wall, are expected to come hard at the Daredevils.

Although as compared to the Daredevils, the Super Kings were far from impressive during the league stages with eight wins and a no result from 16 games, there collective performance has been good in the tournament so far.

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