The day has arrived, 59 matches have finally got us to this final 60th game which will decide who takes home the IPL trophy this year.
Delhi Capitals nearly got it done in the qualifier II, but Rahul Tripathi had different plans when he smashed a 6 on the 2nd last ball of the game to take KKR into their 3rd IPL final.
On the other hand, sitting comfortably with their 8th IPL final seat are MS Dhoni’s CSK. They’ve been one of the most dominant sides through the years and have the experience needed to convert their performance into trophies.
As we say goodbye to another season, we will do so by witnessing another thrilling game of cricket for fans to enjoy and we’ve got some good bets for you guys to place while you enjoy this encounter.
Chennai Super Kings v Kolkata Knight Riders
A second meeting in the finals for these 2 teams with the first one coming way back in 2012 where the team from Kolkata got the better of the, then reigning champions.
At the time, it was regarded as one of the most thrilling IPL finals as a gigantic total of 190 was never chased in a playoff, let alone a finale but KKR did the unthinkable as underdogs.
CSK have enjoyed a dominant reign in the IPL by winning 3 trophies, making it to 8 finals and they’ve made the playoffs in 11/12 seasons they’ve participated in.
They are one of the best teams in the IPL and they know how to handle the pressure of the bright lights.
Contrarily, KKR have not been as dominant through the years, but they have won every final they have reached. KKR are unbeaten in 2 IPL finals where they defied the odds to chase down 190+ scores both times.
KKR always have the x-factor of youth, every time they step foot onto the pitch, they give it their all and put up a show for the fans.
The 2021 IPL finale marks the 28th meeting between these two teams where CSK have gotten the better of KKR 17-9, although KKR got it done in the all-important final in 2012 against CSK.
The 2nd qualifier game will feature the table toppers and last year’s runner ups Delhi Capitals who will take on 2-time IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders.
Pitch & Weather Report
The final encounter of the season will take place at the Dubai International Stadium which has been home to some of the most thrilling and high-scoring games this season.
The average first innings score batting first at Dubai stadium this season has been 153 across 12 games, whereas the second innings average has been 149.
The stats show that the pitch does not necessarily slow down as the game progresses although the key state to note here is, even though the average score in the second innings is lower, the teams chasing have won 9 out of 12 contests at this ground this season.
We think both teams will prefer playing to their strengths here, CSK loves batting first in final games and putting runs on the board. Whereas, KKR has found success in chasing under pressure in their trophy-winning seasons.
Ultimately, we can expect a relatively high-scoring game here as both teams have been in good form, and this is a toss where the captains would prefer losing the toss.
We believe CSK have managed to figure out a strong playing XI which has worked for them more often than not.
We predict MS Dhoni to play the same XI as the last game as the CSK skipper is a big believer in backing his troops.
Contrarily, the big question for KKR has been the fitness of Andre Russell. If Russell is cleared fit for this encounter, then we can surely expect him to start ahead of Shakib as having the explosive power of Andre Russell in a final is a big advantage.
KKR have been in great form, and we expect them to show up strong on the big stage, although we feel CSK have the experience needed to clinch this encounter.
We predict the 3-time champions to make it 4 trophies and make it even-stevens against KKR in final encounters.
Dubai has been one of the highest-scoring grounds and the batters from both teams have been in great form. We expect a good show from the batters and a lot of boundaries in this clash.