MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings will lock their horns with resurgent Kolkata Knight Riders in the final of IPL 2021 at Dubai International Stadium on Friday. CSK will be playing their record 9th final, whereas KKR will appear in their 3rd IPL final. However, CSK have won only 3 times (2010, 2011 and 2018) after making it to the final, on the other hand KKR have reached only two times in final and have won both time a title (2012 & 2014). KKR have once beaten CSK in 2012 IPL final to lift their first title as a champion. However, Chennai Super kings have the edge over KKR, as they have won the past three matches between both teams.
Before both teams clashes for the IPL 2021 final, here’s a look at the strengths and weaknesses of CSK and KKR.
Chennai Super Kings
The major reason behind CSK’s success in IPL 2021 is their openers Ruturaj Gaikwad (603 runs) and Faf du Plessis (547 runs). Both the batsmen have played consistently throughout the tournament and have been best opening pair in IPL 2021. Along with this the captaincy of veteran MS Dhoni continued to be effective for his team. Dhoni’s leadership quality, bowling changes, team selection and backing his players, have worked wonders for CSK.
The form of middle-order batsmen is still a big concern for the men in yellow. Though, Robin Uthappa – who replaced Surash Raina – and MS Dhoni played match winning knocks in their previous match against DC. But when the openers of CSK don’t get a good start, then Chennai have been in trouble with the bat.
Kolkata Knight Riders
KKR had to completely transform themselves form how they were in the first half of the tournament. With only 2 wins in first 7 matches, no one predicted that KKR would be playing IPL 2021 final. With Varun Chakravarthy, Sunil Narine and Lockie Ferguson, their bowling has been on point this season. Along with this the inclusion of Venkatesh Iyer in playing XI has worked wonders for the team.
Same problem of non-performing middle-order batsmen has been a major concern for the team, including skipper Eoin Morgan’s form. With only 129 runs in 15 matches, Morgan has been one of the worst performing captains with the bat in IPL 2021.