The exciting 2021 edition of the cash-rich tournament Indian Premier League(IPL) is set to conclude after 59 thrilling games. The Final will see a battle of the former IPL Champions as Chennai Super Kings (CSK) are set to take on Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in a summit clash on Friday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai.
Chennai Super Kings:
CSK entered the final directly by outplaying Delhi Capitals (DC) in Qualifier 1. CSK had a great IPL season after a poor performance in 2020 campaign. Their bowling attack has been productive but their batting has also been excellent this season.
Their opening stand has been very successful this season. Faf Du Plessis has been steady with the bat throughout IPL 2021, while young Ruturaj Gaikwad has been their match-winner.
They made a turnaround from a patchy start to the season, the youngster has put up a batting masterclass in the UAE. He’s the leading contender to win the Orange Cap, with only 23 runs required to surpass KL Rahul’s tally. Moeen Ali, Ravindra Jadeja and Shardul Thakur had a solid IPL campaign for CSK.
Kolkata Knight Riders:
KKR beat RCB in the Eliminator before winning against DC in Qualifier 2. They had a frustrating first half of the season and it looked a daunting task to qualify for the playoffs.
However, they won five out of their seven games in the UAE to reach the top four on NRR before beating RCB and DC. In a thrilling outing in Qualifier 2, KKR made their way into the final.
While Venkatesh Iyer has been the frontman in their middle-overs, bowling has been also key to their success. Venkatesh Iyer and Rahul Tripathi’s attacking batting has helped them command the attacks. Varun Chakravarthy, Lockie Ferguson and Sunil Narine have been extremely consistent with the ball.
Waging Odds: Chennai Super Kings (1.87) vs Kolkata Knight Riders (1.90)
CSK are the favorites and are priced at 1.87 meaning if you bet ₹100 on them and if they win the match, you’ll be making ₹187.
KKR are priced at 1.90 and are the underdogs. Betting ₹100 on them will earn you ₹190 if they come out as winners.
The campaign has seen some unexpected turn of events and it is difficult to pick a winner between the two sides. An even contest is expected provided that both sides have experience in the nerve-wracking game of the Final. In the high-stakes match KKR will be heading to become the three-time champions while CSK would be eyeing to add the fourth title to their cabinet. The way KKR have played recently, they could manage to take the game home.
KKR will win the match.
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