After a lot of ups and downs, the Caravan of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 has now reached its final stage. After the first leg of IPL 2021 was in India, due to Corona, its second leg was shifted to United Arab Emirates (UAE) and now its final is to be played today. The final match of the 14th season of the league is to be played between the two World Cup winning captains at the Dubai International Stadium. Three-time champion Chennai Super Kings (CSK) is captained by Mahendra Singh Dhoni and two-time champion Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) is captained by England national team captain Eoin Morgan. Both the teams have reached the final of IPL 2021 by defeating Delhi Capitals in this season.
Both the teams did not even reach the playoffs of last season, but this time they have surprised everyone with their performance by making a strong comeback. In the league stage of IPL 2021, CSK defeated KKR in both the matches. CSK has a great winning record against KKR in the IPL. But in the last five matches, KKR has had the upper hand and has won all five matches. In the history of IPL, the head to head record between the teams of Kolkata and Chennai has been in Chennai’s favor. Chennai has an excellent record of 17-9 against Kolkata in the IPL. Talking about the head to head record in the UAE, CSK is leading 2-1 while KKR have a 1-0 head to head record in the IPL finals.
Kolkata’s team has reached the IPL final twice in 2012 and 2014 and has emerged as the champions on both the occasions. The team will try to end their seven-year title drought. At the same time, the team of Chennai would like to capture the IPL trophy for the fourth time. The team of Chennai has won the IPL title in 2010, 2011 and 2018.
Talking about the players, Suresh Raina has a good record against KKR and has scored 747 runs against this team so far. Raina hasn’t been playing for the last few matches this season and it will be interesting to see if he plays in the final tonight. At the same time, Andre Russell has also scored the highest 344 runs against Chennai and he too has not been a part of KKR’s playing XI for the last few matches. In bowling, Sunil Narine has taken the most wickets against Chennai with 19 wickets and the team will once again expect the same performance from him. For Chennai, Ravindra Jadeja has taken 16 wickets against KKR.