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IPL final preview: Kolkata Knight Riders v Kings XI Punjab

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After 47 days of exciting and entertaining cricket the IPL is now entering it's final day as the Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab battle it out to see who is crowned 2014 champions.

Both sides are full of impressive talent and it is now down to one match, and perhaps just one special innings or bowling spell, that will decide who will emerge successful.

The Kolkata Knight Riders, under the guidance of Gautam Gambhir, have run into form after losing five of their first seven games. However, with seven victories in a row the Knight Riders managed to qualify for the play-offs and then beat the Kings XI in the first of the play-off games.

The Knight Riders, as well as Gambhir, have a host of stars at their disposal. Not least Robin Uthappa who is the leading scorer in the tournament and is in the form of his life having scored at least 40 in his last ten innings. He is almost assured of capturing the Orange cap as the leading run scorer at the end of the competition.

Their bowling will be bolstered by Sunil Narine's decision to stay with the Knight Riders rather than making himself available for the West Indies Test series against New Zealand. Narine, by deciding to stay on for the final, has not met the West Indies deadline of June 1st to join up with the rest of the squad for a training camp. However, Narine has made his name in the shorter format of the game and is ranked by the ICC as the second best T20 bowler in the World so his decision to stay can be justified.

The Kings XI are equally blessed with talent. Their batting, when on form, can prove to be brutal. Virendar Sehwag, fresh from his blistering 122 from 58 balls on Friday, will undoubtedly be one to watch but Kings XI are not wholly reliant on him. In David Miller, Glenn Maxwell and captain George Bailey they also have match winners in their own right and in the bowling department they can call upon the raw pace of Mitchell Johnson who can be a match-winner on his day.

The teams will be playing each other for the fourth time this season with the Knight Riders having won two out of the three previous games.

Certainly the best two sides are competing in this year's final with the Kings XI finishing top of the points table just ahead of their final opponents Kolkata. Hopefully both sides will put on a good show in Sunday's final and the game will be just as entertaining as the overall competition has been during the last 47 days.

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