Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will play against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to win their fourth IPL title (2010, 11, 18) while KKR will aim to give their best and win their third trophy (2012, 14) in the history of the tournament.
CSK played a close contest with Delhi Capitals (DC) in Qualifier 1 winning by 4 wickets. Bowling first, CSK restricted the opposition for 172. Josh Hazlewood was the pick of the bowlers with 2 wickets from 29 runs in his spell. Chasing the target, Faf du Plessis was dismissed on a score of 1 before Ruturaj Gaikwad and Robin Uthappa played superb knocks and scored half-centuries. Ruturaj scored 70 runs while Robin Uthappa amassed 63 runs. MS Dhoni played a cameo of unbeaten 18 runs from 6 balls at the back end and won the match for the team. Robin Uthappa scoring runs for the team is a positive and the middle-order has found their rhythm at the correct time.
After beating RCB in the Eliminator, KKR won against DC in Qualifier 2 at Sharjah by 3 wickets. Bowling first, KKR restricted the opposition on a low total of 135 runs. Varun Chakravarthy impressed all over again and picked 2 wickets for 26 runs. Chasing the target, Shubhman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer gave a solid start to the team. They built a partnership of 96 runs for the opening wicket. KKR lost seven quick wickets at the back end of the innings but they chased the target in the last over thanks to Rahul Tripathi six off R Ashwin on the penultimate ball of the last over. The form of the batsmen in the lower middle-order – Dinesh Karthik, Eoin Morgan, and Shakib Al Hasan is a concern for the team. Rahul Tripathi rescued KKR against DC, but the trio will have to step up to steer their team past such trouble in the final.
Chennai Super Kings – W L L L W
Only two victories in the last five games is not a good record for a team eyeing the IPL trophy but the team handles the crunch situations very well. The bowlers have done considerably well and the batsmen have also peaked at the right time.
Kolkata Knight Riders – W, W, W, W, L
Four wins in the last five games is a very impressive record and depict the terrific form of the team. Top-order in the batting unit has taken responsibility to score runs while the pace duo of Shivam Mavi and Lockie Ferguson have picked wickets consistently. Also, the spin trio of Sunil Narine, Varun Chakravarthy and Shakib Al Hasan are giving their contribution. The only problem for the team is the form of Dinesh Karthik and Eoin Morgan who are not scoring runs and as a result, the batting unit is missing a finisher. The team is also missing the services of Andre Russell and if he gets fit in time KKR should add him to the lineup.
Match Details, IPL 2021 final: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Chennai Super Kings
Date: 15th October 2021
Time: 19:30 IST | 14:00 GMT | 20:00 local
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium
The pitch in Dubai has been excellent for batting so far in the second leg. But in the last few matches, the track is slowing down slightly as the game progresses. In the ongoing IPL, nine out of 11 matches have been won by the chasing teams. So, after winning the toss, both the captains will be looking to bowl first in the final.
Avg first innings score: 152 (11 matches in the IPL 2021 at Dubai)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 9, Lost – 2, Tied – 0
CSK vs KKR HEAD-TO-HEAD
Chennai Super Kings will definitely head into the IPL 2021 final as the favourites, having won both times against Kolkata Knight Riders in the league stage. CSK lead KKR 16:9 in the head-to-head record and 2-1 in the UAE.
Dhoni’s team has won five of the last six games against Dinesh Karthik and Morgan’s KKR.
But the Knight Riders can take confidence from the fact that they have a 100% record in IPL finals, having won both times they featured in the summit clash in 2012 and 2014. CSK on the other hand, have lost 5 of the 8 IPL finals they have played to date.
CSK: Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Robin Uthappa, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar and Josh Hazlewood.
KKR: Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan (c), Andre Russell/Shakib Al Hasan, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy and Shivam Mavi.
Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders Fantasy Playing XI
Venkatesh Iyer (VC), Faf du Plessis, Rahul Tripathi, Ruturaj Gaikwad (C), Moeen Ali, Dwayne Bravo, Dinesh Karthik, Lockie Ferguson, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Varun Chakravarthy
CSK vs KKR Today Match Prediction
CSK vs KKR Match Prediction: CSK has played more games in Dubai than KKR. As the pitch may not be as slow as the one KKR flourished on in Sharjah, their spinners may not be that effective. Hence, the better batting conditions could favour the Men in Yellow.