Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will face Eoin Morgan-led Kolkata Knight Riders for their fourth title in the final match of IPL 2021 to be held at the Dubai International Stadium on Friday, while Kolkata will also be eyeing a third IPL trophy. This is CSK’s ninth final in 12 seasons, having won the trophy in 2010, 2011 and 2018. These five Knights of Kolkata will have to be avoided if the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side is to win their fourth title.
Fearless cricket is the secret of KKR’s success reaching the playoffs by winning five out of seven matches in the second leg. Especially in the opening, young batsman Shubman Gill is in tremendous rhythm. In this season 16 matches, 427 runs came off Gill’s bat. This record may not seem that impressive, but the real foundation of victory lies there, which Shubman gives to the team along with Venkatesh Iyer.
The amazing thing that Rahul Tripathi does by coming at number three is not hidden from anyone. Known for his fearless batting, Rahul is the second highest run scorer of KKR. Had it not been for Rahul, who scored 395 runs in 16 matches at a strike rate of 141.07, KKR might not have reached the final. This batsman, who hit Ashwin for six, has also scored an unbeaten 74 runs in the current season.
Architect-turned-cricketer Varun Chakraborty is also the architect of Kolkata’s victory. Coming into the middle overs, he weaves such a web of his spin that the batsman is sure to be trapped. The mystery spinner, who scored 18 runs in 16 matches this season, has conceded runs at an economy of just 6.40. His performance always comes out against Chennai i.e. his home team.
If the biggest strength of Kolkata is spin bowling then Sunil Narine is the leader of the spin department. In the last few seasons, his edge was getting dull, but in the current season he is once again proving to be a time for the opponents. The Caribbean mystery spinner has regained his lost title by taking 14 wickets in 13 matches. Along with the ball, he knows how to show amazing with the bat, this thing is also not hidden from anyone.