Red carpets rolled out, cameras set down. Make sure you make yourself free on the 15th of October as after an nerve-wracking 59 matches of intense T20 battle, we now have the three-time champion Chennai Super Kings lock horns with the two-time champion Kolkata Knight Riders, in the grand finale of the 14th edition of the IPL.
Kolkata Knight Riders have been going through an incredible run as they find themselves undefeated in the last four outings. The Chennai Super Kings after a sloppy end to their group stages managed to bounce back strong against the Delhi Capitals.
MS Dhoni and Co. will be feeling confident taking on the Kolkata franchise as they have managed to get the better of them in both the meetings this season and in addition to that in the last 5 meetings, KKR have managed to win just once.
Can the Chennai Super Kings score a hat-trick of wins against the Kolkata side and claim their fourth IPL title? Or will it be Eoin Morgan and Co. continue their win run to claim their third title?
Stay tuned as all the questions will be answered when the two World cup winning captains clash against each other.
Match Toss Time: 17:30 Local (19:00 IST)
Match Start Time: 18:00 Local (19:30 IST)
Match Venue: Dubai International Stadium, Dubai
Head to Head
Matches played: 26. Chennai Super Kings: 17, Kolkata Knight Riders: 9
Weather conditions and pitch
Chennai Super Kings, as we know, are a team who are very reluctant to make changes to their playing Xl until and unless absolutely necessary. Given that the team has been in incredible touch this season, they would be featuring the same Xl as the Q1.
Kolkata on the other hand have been very shaky in their middle-order and if not for the exceptional batting of the top-order they may have not found themselves in the finals. There has been no reports of the fitness of Andre Russell from the team management and we believe Shakib will retain his place.
Probable playing XI
Chennai Super Kings (CSK): Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Robin Uthappa, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR): Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Sunil Narine, Shakib Al Hasan, Lockie Ferguson, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakaravarthy
Chennai Super Kings’ opener Faf du Plessis and KKR all-rounder Venkatesh Iyer are two players who could be the difference between win and loss for their respective teams.
In addition to these two must-picks, Sunil Narine and Ruturaj Gaikwad too could provide us with valuable points in the much-awaited finale.
CSK vs KKR fantasy team
Captain and Vice-captain picks
Chennai Super Kings look a well settled side as always and their experience of being in the playoffs for a record 11 times could definitely provide them much needed confidence. Kolkata Knight Riders on the other hand too have a very solid opening pair but if CSK manage to penetrate that layer, the middle-order does not look a great frame.
The experience combined with a collection of senior players in the CSK sides means that they definitely hold the edge coming into the grand finale.
Cricwizz predicts Chennai Super Kings to win the IPL 2021 Final.
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