Date: 15th October 2021
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
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After 59 enthralling matches between 8 teams which took place across 7 months in 2 different nations, we finally have the two finalists of Indian T20 League 2021 - Chennai and Kolkata. Led by two of the most charismatic leaders in form of MS Dhoni and Eoin Morgan, it has been a remarkable season for both the franchises as they lock horns for one last time this season to clinch the prestigious trophy. Which team will add another trophy to their tally? Will it be 4th for Chennai or 3rd for Kolkata? All the questions will be answered in Dubai on Friday!
Among the wicketkeepers, it will be a tricky choice as both MS Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik haven't had a very successful season with the bat but both players have chipped in with some valuable cameos for their side. The CSK captain might be a favourable choice considering his knack of stepping up in big games. In the batting department, there will be few obvious choices in form of Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Shubman Gill. Robin Uthappa and Rahul Tripathi could be the X-Factors for your fantasy side.
Venkatesh Iyer should be a certain pick among the all-rounders considering the kind of impact he has had for Kolkata batting at top of the order. The West-Indies duo of Sunil Narine and Dwayne Bravo could also be crucial picks considering they seem to deliver performances for their sides when stakes are high. Talking about the bowling department, Varun Chakravarthy and Lockie Ferguson from Kolkata while Shardul Thakur and Josh Hazlewood from Chennai look like ideal choices considering their recent form.
Probable Playing XI
Chennai: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Robin Uthappa, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (c/wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood
Kolkata: Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Shakib Al Hasan/Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy
Dafa Bet Prediction of the Game
Head to Head: In the 26 meetings between the two sides, Chennai have emerged victorious on 17 occasions with Kolkata winning only 9. Talking about this season, MS Dhoni's side came out on top both the times in league stages and will definitely have an edge going into the grand finale.
Recent Performance: Although the recent performance of both sides have been sensational, Chennai will be slightly more confident considering how Robin Uthappa and MS Dhoni batted in the previous contest. On the other hand, Kolkata's middle-order collapse against Delhi would raise some concerns for them ahead of the mega clash.
Considering the above-mentioned factors, Chennai have a slight upper hand for the final clash. However, one just cannot count Kolkata out with the kind of turnaround they have managed in the UAE.
Wicketkeepers: MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik
Batters: Rahul Tripathi, Shubman Gill, Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad
All-rounders: Sunil Narine, Venkatesh Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo
Bowlers: Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy, Shardul Thakur, Josh Hazlewood
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