Rupesh Singh, DubaiToday, in the final of IPL-14, two such teams are going to clash for the title, who have set a new benchmark for a strong comeback. On the one hand, Chennai Super Kings is the team that finished last season at the bottom and the three-time champion was deemed to have been paid. Kolkata Knight Riders, on the other hand, have lost five out of the seven matches they played in the first leg this season and no one expected this team to make it to the last four as well. In the second leg, this team made it to the final after winning seven out of nine matches. The captains of these two teams have made their national team world champions in ODIs under their respective captaincy in international cricket and this is now the first time that two World Cup winning captains will clash for the IPL title. Before this great match to be held in Dubai on the day of Vijayadashami, we weigh both the teams on different fronts.
CSK: Chennai has two such openers who specialize in playing long innings. Ruturaj Gaikwad’s consistency has been amazing. This young player has so far scored 603 runs with the help of a century and is second in the list of most run-scorers this season. Second opener Faf du Plessis is at number four in this list with a total of 547 runs. Experience of experienced Faf can come in handy for the team in this crucial match.
KKR: Kolkata has a young opening pair, who know how to handle both with passion and senses. Shubman Gill has shown amazing consistency in the second leg of this season. Gill is giving an example of how runs are scored without taking any risk. At the same time, his fellow left-handed batsman Venkatesh Iyer has kept the bowlers sleepless with his attacking game. He can prove to be an important link in the success of the team in this match.
middle order power
CSK: Chennai’s middle order is full of experienced batters. It features Robin Uthappa who played a key role in the team’s victory in Qualifier One. Then there is Moeen Ali and Ambati Rayudu. Although both of them have not been able to play any big innings so far, but have strengthened the team with their small innings. Finally comes MS Dhoni who told in the last match that he is still the topper in terms of finisher.
KKR: The biggest weakness of this team has been the middle order, a pattern of which was seen in the last match against Delhi Capitals. The two senior most batsmen, Eoin Morgan and Dinesh Karthik, are going through a rough patch. However, Rahul Tripathi and Nitish Rana have covered this gap with their performance. But this lack of team in the final can hurt him. Captain Morgan and Karthik have to do better.
all-rounder whose heavy
CSK: There are three great all-rounders in this team. Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo and Shardul Thakur have the power to change the course of the game at any time. Jadeja is currently the number one all-rounder in the world. Bravo is a clever bowler in the death overs. In the last few matches, he has not got a chance to do more than the bat.
KKR: The team has two world class all-rounders in Shakib Al Hasan and Andre Russell, but either of them can find a place in the same XI. Russell is injured and Shakib has played well with the ball. He also has the ability to show amazing with the bat. If he walks, KKR’s job will be easy.
who is strong in bowling
CSK: The pace trio of Shardul Thakur, Josh Hazlewood and Deepak Chahar rely heavily on their line-length and scoring runs against them is not easy. Apart from these, Bravo troubles the batters with his slow one. Together these four have taken 53 wickets so far. In the spin department, this team takes the field with a specialist spinner in the form of Jadeja and a part-time spinner in the form of Moeen Ali. Jadeja controls the pace of runs in his four overs. His economy has been 6.86.
KKR: In bowling, the responsibility of this team is on the spin department. The spin trio of Varun Chakravarthy, Sunil Narine and Shakib Al Hasan completely dominates the opposition batsmen. In the last two matches, he has also bowled very economical and has also taken wickets. The advantage of the strength of the spinners also goes to the pacers who are able to take the wickets of the batsmen under pressure. Lockie Ferguson and especially Shivam Mavi have done well in the last few matches. The team looks better on the spin front than Chennai.
face to face
Total Matches – 25 CSK Won – 16 KKR Won – 8 No Result – 1
Probable Playing XIChennai Super Kings: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Robin Uthappa, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (c), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (captain), Dinesh Karthik, Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakraborty.
If 24 runs and Ruturaj Gaikwad score in the final, then the Orange Cap will be theirs, which is currently in the name of KL Rahul (626 runs) Sunil Narine has taken 18 wickets against Chennai Super Kings so far. Narayan has been the most successful bowler in the clash between these two teams.
Pitch and Weather: The Dubai pitch has slowed down a bit but it has still been excellent for batting. This season 11 matches have been played at this ground, out of which nine have been won by the chasing team. This season the average total of this ground has been 152 runs. The players have adjusted to the hot weather of Dubai. The maximum temperature is likely to go up to 35 degrees. The heat can be high.
Chennai Super Kings-
Ruturaj Gaikwad: Run-603, Strike Rate-137.35, Highest- 101*
Faf Duplessis: Runs – 547, Strike Rate – 137.09, Highest – 95*
Kolkata Knight Riders
Shubman Gill: Run-427, Strike Rate-118.94, Highest- 57
Rahul Tripathi: Run-395, Strike Rate-141.07, Highest- 74*
Chennai Super Kings – Shardul Thakur Wicket-18, Economy-8.75, Best – 3/28
Dwayne Bravo- Wicket-13, Economy-7.88, Best- 3/24
Kolkata Knight Riders-
Varun Chakravarthy: Wicket-18, Economy-6.40, Best – 3/13
Sunil Narayan: Wicket-14, Economy-6.44, Best – 4/21
[Attribution to NBT]