And it is only appropriate that the two most explosive teams of the tournament battle it out for a place in the Final against the rampaging 8-match-winning-streak Kolkata Knight Riders. Till the last few games in the group stages, Kings XI Punjab were clearly the most powerful team of T20 cricket league, with CSK not too far behind as usual in second place. It was destined to go down to the final between these two teams.
But then, out of nowhere, KKR blindsided the Sunrisers and snatched second place from CSK—who stuttered to lose 3 games on the trot before winning their final game against Delhi. Now, Dhoni’s men, perpetual playoff specialists—and easily the most consistent team in IPL cricket—will take on the flavour of the year in Bailey’s boys.
Last year, the script was a bit similar. MI finished top of the table, and lost their first Qualifier match against CSK, only to roar back against the Royals in the Eliminator and beat CSK in the final. Can KXIP repeat MI’s heroics after losing their qualifier? Is it only a minor stutter, or have Maxwell and co. been exposed for good?