Three-time champions Chennai Super Kings will take on two-time winners Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League 2021 final at the Dubai International Stadium in the UAE on Friday. Dhoni and his men will be gunning for CSK's 4th IPL trophy while KKR will want to complete a hat-trick of IPL titles. After making a stunning comeback in the UAE leg of IPL 2021, Eoin Morgan's men will be bullish about their chances in the final. Let's take a look at 3 players who can stand out in the IPL 2021 final.
The Windies all-rounder has been performing excellently for KKR in the cash-rich league this season. He’ll certainly be the one to keep an eye on because he can deliver sensational performances with both bat and ball. In Kolkata's clash against Bangalore in Eliminator 1, he smashed 26 runs from 15 balls and was also the most successful bowler of the game as he scalped 4 crucial wickets. He single-handedly turned the game on its head and fired Kolkata Knight Riders to victory. Moeen Ali’s all-round performance will again be crucial for Hyderabad.
The right-handed batter is the Kolkata franchise’s leading run-scorer this season, with 427 runs in 16 matches at a strike rate of 118. After getting some international experience with Team India, he needs to perform consistently to cement his place in the Indian team. The 22-year-old played a vital 46-run knock against Delhi in Qualifier 2 and would be looking to continue in the same vein. The Punjab opener showed the intent to play long innings and he also kept the scoreboard ticking regularly. He could be the danger man in IPL 2021 final if he can get in his groove.
The all-rounder has been a consistent performer for India and Chennai Super Kings over the years. When these two teams last met, he delivered a scintillating cameo with the bat. While CSK's middle order was struggling under sustained KKR pressure, Jadeja smashed 22 runs off just 8 balls containing 2 fours and 2 sixes as he staged a stunning fightback to take his team to victory. The talented all-rounder is a key player for Chennai and he will be eager to repeat his match-winning performance against Kolkata.