Mumbai Indians were favorites to win the 2021 IPL but they never even made it to the playoffs. Chennai Super Kings (CSK) were written off at the start of the tournament and not amongst the top four teams to win the 2021 IPL but they made it to yet another IPL finals.
CSK will face Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Oct 15 in Dubai to see who will become the 2021 IPL Champions. CSK have won three IPL titles in the history of the competition while KKR have won two IPL titles.
MS Dhoni has led CSK from the start of the IPL and would like to win his fourth championship as captain before he moves on as he has hinted. Eoin Morgan has never led KKR to an IPL Championship final and knows a win, will do wonders for his KKR captaincy and IPL career.
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CSK vs. KKR – Betting Odds
CSK have looked like match winners from the start of the 2021 IPL. While they have had a few hiccups on their way, they looked like the dominant CSK of old that IPL fans have gone accustomed to. KKR have done well in patches, struggled in multiple games but have delivered in crucial moments which is why they are in the 2021 IPL final.
Bet365 has both teams starting out with the same odds of 1.90. The pressure during an IPL final is immense and whoever plays well on the day, will win the IPL Championship.
While the bookmakers are calling it down the middle, our experts believe that CSK goes in with a little more confidence not only because of their performance in the 2021 IPL but because they have MS Dhoni in their side and his experience of captaining the men in yellow in IPL finals could turn out to be the difference.
CSK – Players To Watch Out For
Ruturaj Gaikwad has done very well for CSK at the top of the order but we are going to back his opening partner Faf du Plessis to come good during the IPL final. The former South African captain knows that he needs to make his experience count for CSK in this crucial game.
Mooen Ali has made a big difference to the performance of CSK during the 2021 IPL with the ball and the bat. He needs to have another good performance in both departments for CSK to do well. D Bravo is MSD’s go to man in the death overs and will once again play a crucial role in the death overs.
KKR – Players To Watch Out For
S Narine has been fabulous for KKR with both the bat and ball. Can he deliver once again when it matters? KKR are without Andre Russell but Shakib Al Hassan is filling that role pretty well and will be a key player for KKR. S Mavi and V Chakravarthy have made life difficult for most batsmen. If they can pick up wickets and keep things tight, CSK will be under a lot of pressure.
CSK vs. KKR – Match Prediction
KKR have a lot of match-winners on their side and any one of them can put their hand up during the IPL final and take the game away from the opposition. We just think MS Dhoni is too crafty to let that happen and hence believe CSK do have that X factor that will let them get the better of KKR and win the 2021 IPL Championship.
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