The seventh edition of the Indian Premier League, which started under the dark shadow of match-fixing, is ready with two of its best teams in the form of Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab poised to battle one final time in the grand finale. The match has already been billed by experts as one of the most interesting title clashes in recent times.
The IPL this year, despite the early suspicion, did produce some quality cricket in games spanned across two nations in energy sapping conditions. Both teams boast of co-owners, who enjoy superstar-like status in the Indian film industry. While Kings XI Punjab are co-owned by Preity Zinta, one of the most glamorous actresses in Bollywood, Kolkata Knight Riders have the Bollywood Badshah Shah Rukh Khan as one of its co-owners. With all the talk of the erstwhile Veer-Zaara protagonists dominating the social networking sphere, it will still be the players in the middle, who will have to battle each other in a star-studded contest.
We look at five of the most keenly awaited contests in the final at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore: