IPL final: MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings face Eoin Morgan’s Kolkata Knight Riders in Dubai showdown


Watch the ultimate stay on Sky Sports activities Cricket from 2.50pm and Sky Sports activities Essential Occasion from 3pm on Friday or observe our stay weblog on Sky Sports activities digital platforms as Chennai bid to change into four-time champions and Kolkata intention to make it three victories in as many remaining appearances

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Chennai Tremendous Kings captain MS Dhoni bumps fists with Eoin Morgan, skipper of Kolkata Knight Riders

Legendary captains Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Eoin Morgan will go face to face in Friday’s IPL Last, stay on Sky Sports activities, probably for the final time.

Dhoni, 40, has hinted that the showpiece event might be the final match of his taking part in profession and guiding Chennai Tremendous Kings skipper to a fourth IPL title would possibly simply be the proper option to bow out.

His facet are up in opposition to Morgan’s Kolkata Knight Riders, who’ve certified for his or her first IPL remaining in seven years however who’ve an ideal remaining file having received their two earlier title pictures – in 2012 (in opposition to Chennai) and 2014.

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Chennai vs Kolkata

October 15, 2021, 2:50pm

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2021 Face to face

Chennai are on a commanding run in opposition to Kolkata, having received each of this yr’s conferences to increase their profitable sequence to 5 victories within the final six encounters.

Approach again in April, CSK registered an 18-run win after rattling up 220-3 off their 20 overs after a gap stand of 115 between Faf du Plessis (95no off 60 balls) and Ruturaj Gaikwad (64 off 42). Moeen Ali and Dhoni weighed in with cameos earlier than Deepak Chahar (4-29) helped scale back Kolkata to 31-5 earlier than explosive knocks from Dinesh Karthik (40), Andre Russell (54) and Pat Cummins (66no off 34) all however turned the tide.

Highlights from the IPL run-fest between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders in April, which saw more than 420 total runs scored

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Highlights from the IPL run-fest between Chennai Tremendous Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders in April, which noticed greater than 420 complete runs scored

Highlights from the IPL run-fest between Chennai Tremendous Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders in April, which noticed greater than 420 complete runs scored

The follow-up conflict in September was spectacular for various causes as Ravindra Jadeja noticed Chennai to a two-wicket win off the ultimate ball of the match. Set 172 to win, CSK wanted 24 runs off the final 10 balls and Jadeja delivered within the nick of time by smashing 22 off eight balls earlier than falling to the penultimate ball of the match, leaving Chahar to scuttle by means of for the profitable single. As soon as once more CSK’s openers performed a pivotal position with Du Plessis (43 off 30) and Gaikwad (40 off 28) setting the platform, and Moeen Ali (32) solidifying the chase.

Moeen Ali scored 32 for Chennai before Ravindra Jadeja provided the late fireworks

Moeen Ali scored 32 for Chennai earlier than Ravindra Jadeja offered the late fireworks

The Captains

They’re males for the large event. Each Dhoni and Morgan have suffered a run-famine within the match – their management having extra of an affect than their respective bats. So the stats make for grim studying and are not for dwelling on. Dhoni is averaging 16.28 from 11 knocks with a better of 18no (however what a vital knock it was in Qualifier 1 as he tucked into Tom Curran to earn CSK a last-over win in opposition to Delhi). Morgan’s common is even decrease at 11.72 with 47 of his 129 match runs coming again in April, when Kolkata eased to a five-wicket win over Punjab Kings.

Eoin Morgan led from the front to take Kolkata Knight Riders to a five-wicket win over Punjab Kings - a victory that ended a four-game losing streak in the IPL.

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Eoin Morgan led from the entrance to take Kolkata Knight Riders to a five-wicket win over Punjab Kings – a victory that ended a four-game shedding streak within the IPL.

Eoin Morgan led from the entrance to take Kolkata Knight Riders to a five-wicket win over Punjab Kings – a victory that ended a four-game shedding streak within the IPL.

The Star Males

So who has lit up the scorecards? Kolkata’s batting line-up is full of virtuosos with Shubman Gill (427 runs), Rahul Tripathi (395), Nitish Rana (383) and Venkatesh Iyer (320 in 9 knocks at 40) – so spectacular in Qualifier 2 – all staking claims for MVP batter. And in Varun Chakravarthy (18 wickets) and Sunil Narine (14) they’ve a spin combo able to drying up most threats.

Chennai’s Shardul Thakur is stage with Chakravarthy in joint-fifth within the Purple Cap standings (an enormous distance behind Harshal Patel’s haul of 32) however CSK might have the Orange Cap winner of their ranks on the finish of the match with du Plessis (547 runs) and Gaikwad (603) each within the high 4 of the standings.

Ruturaj Gaikwad's fourth IPL fifty came up off 33 deliveries when Chennai faced Kolkata in April

Ruturaj Gaikwad’s fourth IPL fifty got here up off 33 deliveries when Chennai confronted Kolkata in April

View from the Camps

Kolkata Knight Riders chief mentor David Hussey: “When it comes to the grand remaining and our file that we’ve in it, it is a terrific file to enter a grand remaining and also you do take a little bit of confidence from that. However taking part in in opposition to the Chennai Tremendous Kings, who’ve barely missed the finals within the historical past of the IPL. So yeah, it is going to be a terrific contest. They’re very effectively coached, the Chennai Tremendous Kings. And yeah, I do know all of the boys can not wait to get to Dubai and play on Friday evening.”

MS Dhoni, on www.chennaisuperkings.com: “It was the primary time we did not qualify final yr and feelings had been excessive. However no matter video games we had in the direction of the tip of final yr, we made probably the most of it. A whole lot of batters made probably the most of that. That is the explanation we’ve come again strongly. However credit score goes to the assist employees and everybody within the workforce. With out that character, we could not have come again like this.”

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