Match Preview

Chennai Super Kings will face Kolkata Knight Riders in the final match of IPL 2021 on 15 October at Dubai International Stadium. The two teams played in the 2012 final, with the latter winning its first championship. Since then, KKR has only managed to win one more title, while CSK has won two more. As Fan2Play brings the preview of the final match of this thrilling season, CSK will attempt to avenge the defeat, while KKR will look to replicate the achievement.

Pitch and Weather Report

The pitch is inclined more towards the batting side and slightly better for pacers.

Clear Skies with temperatures at 34 – 35 °C


Total matches                                           47

Matches won batting first                        22

Matches won bowling first                      25

Average 1st Inns scores                         140

Average 2nd Inns scores                        129

Highest total recorded                            225/7 (20 Ov) by IRE vs AFG

Lowest total recorded                             87/10 (18.3 Ov) by HK vs OMAN

Highest score chased                              166/6 (19.4 Ov) by HK vs AFG

Lowest score defended                           129/6 (20 Ov) by ENG vs PAK

Top 2 Wicket-Keeper picks

1) Robin Uthappa – His ability to counter-punch a vast range of strokes ensured that he remained an important element of the KKR franchise. He made 63 runs in his last match.

Matches – 276

Runs – 6945

Average – 28.34

2) Dinesh Karthik – The right-handed batsman has a penchant for the sweep, reverse sweep that has helped his cause against spinners. He is in good form for the upcoming match. Matches – 326

Runs – 6274

Average – 27.27

Top 4 Batsman Picks

1) Ruturaj Gaikwad – Gaikwad is a free-striking opener whose style is based on fluidity. Early on, his ability to remain calm and risk-free while scoring at a decent rate garnered attention. He bats with subtle touches and timing rather than the new power-hitting module used by most rookie hitters. He made 70 runs in his last match.

Matches – 56

Runs – 1779

Average – 36.30

2) Eoin Morgan – He’s developed a reputation as a creative and free-striking middle-order batsman, particularly in shorter formats. A dangerous middle-order batsman on his day and a more than the astute player, Eoin is a vital cog in KKR’s cricket fortunes.

Matches – 346

Runs – 7374

Average – 26.52                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     3) Faf Du Plessis –  His traditional, all-conditions technique and relentless approach at the crease make him a tremendous asset in the age of T20 cricket. His adaptability is also a tribute to his capacity to hit it big.

Matches – 265

Runs – 6759

Average – 30.72

4) Shubhman Gill – The right-handed batsman was drafted into the team due to his attacking techniques and his appetite for big runs. He is a wise pick for the next match.

Matches – 67

Runs – 1644

Average – 31.61

Top 4 Bowler Picks

1) Lockie Ferguson – Ferguson is a real fast bowler with the ability to hit incredibly high speeds from a large frame. He has everything it takes to be a match-winner for his team.

Matches – 83

Wickets – 94

Economy – 7.46

2) Varun Chakravarthy – He has significantly rebuilt his action and added additional elements to his bowling. He has proved to be an asset to his team so far.

Matches – 33

Wickets – 38

Economy – 6.60

3) Shardul Thakur – He has gained outstanding skills over the years, notably bowling as an outswinger, which he excels at. Because of his ability to maintain seam placements while maintaining his pace, he poses a significant threat to batsmen all over the world.

Matches – 121

Wickets – 142

Economy – 8.53

4) Josh Hazlewood – With his steady precision, he has smothered countless batters, and he has also worked to adapt his arsenal to the format. He’ll be eager to make an impression and prove his versatility as a bowler.

Matches – 56

Wickets – 65

Economy – 7.51

Top 2 All-rounder Picks

1) Sunil Narine – The left-handed batsman and right-arm off-break bowler is a valuable allrounder for KKR and a precise, experienced player in this format. He played excellent innings in past few matches.

Matches – 382

Runs – 2765

Average – 15.02

Wickets – 423

Economy – 6.04

2) Ravindra Jadeja – The left-handed batsman and slow left-arm orthodox bowler has established himself as a skilled fielder and hard-hitting batsman in the middle order. His great wicket-taking abilities and flair with the bat make him a valuable pick for the next match.

Matches – 267

Runs – 2813

Average – 25.1

Wickets – 174

Economy – 7.60

Predicted Playing 11

Chennai Super Kings

Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Robin Uthappa, MS Dhoni (C & WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Dwayne Bravo, Josh Hazlewood

Kolkata Knight Riders

Venkatesh Iyer, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan (c), Sunil Narine, Shakib Al Hasan, Dinesh Karthik, Shivam Mavi, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy


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