October 14, 2021 12:41 PM
Alex Sarwar

2021 IPL Grand Final – Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders taking place? Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders will take place on Friday 15th October, 2021 at 15:00 (UK)

Where is Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders taking place? Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders will take place at Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai

What is the expected weather for Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders? 29-32c with clear skies and light winds

Where can I get tickets for Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders? Check each team’s official website for the latest ticket information

What TV channel is Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders on in the UK? Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders will be televised live on Sky Sports

Where can I stream Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders? Sky Sports subscribers can stream Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders live on Sky Go

THE TEAM NEWS

CHENNAI SUPER KINGS

  • Chennai Super Kings may have finished second behind Delhi Capitals in the league stage, but victory over Rishabh Pant’s side in the first qualifier saw Chennai book their place in the 2021 final, their ninth in IPL history.
  • With a five-day break between their win against Delhi and the final, CSK will no doubt have had plenty of time to rest and recover, so provided the pitch in Dubai doesn’t come up with any surprises upon inspection, it is likely that Chennai will name the same side featured in the first qualifier.

KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS

  • Kolkata Knight Riders enter the final on a run of four successive victories and with bucketloads of momentum behind them after looking at one stage like they wouldn’t even make the playoffs earlier in the tournament.
  • All-rounder Andre Russell did not recover from his grade 2 hamstring tear in time to feature in his side’s win over Delhi Capitals in the second qualifier and the West Indian is unlikely to be passed fit to play in the final, whilst leg-spin bowler Varun Chakravarthy is doubtful after suffering a knock in the second qualifier.

THE PREDICTION

So often in these franchise T20 competitions, you see a team start slowly before going on a late run which sees them go all the way to the final. Kolkata Knight Riders have proven to be that side in the 2021 IPL, having found a winning method which has already knocked out both Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals. KKR’s recent success has largely come when playing at Sharjah, a difficult ground which Eoin Morgan’s men masterminded in terms of how to bat and bowl on a tricky surface. However, the 2021 IPL final takes place in Dubai and question marks lie ahead over whether Morgan and his team can adjust as appropriate on what is likely to prove a more friendly batting track with Chennai Super Kings chasing down 173 against Delhi on this ground last Sunday.

Key to this match is likely to be the experience of Chennai, with Indian players such as Ravindra Jadeja, Robin Uthappa and of course captain MS Dhoni having competed in matches of such a high magnitude previously with calm heads required in pressure situations. In what is expected to prove a tight encounter, strength-in-depth within the batting will be crucial and Chennai Super Kings’ explosive power and fearlessness in the middle order which saw them edge past Delhi in the first qualifier may well be what separates these two sides in the final. With that in mind, back CSK to ultimately overcome Kolkata Knight Riders in Dubai and lift their fourth IPL title.

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