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IPL 2021 Final Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders Probable Playing XI – Latest Cricket News


The final match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 is to be played tonight between three-time champion Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and two-time champion Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). The two World Cup winning captains are going to be put to the test in this title clash to be held at the Dubai International Stadium. Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who has won two World Cups for India, has made Chennai champion thrice under his captaincy, while this is the first IPL final as captain of Eoin Morgan, who made England world champion in 2019. Both the teams look very balanced for this final match. While Chennai’s eyes are set on becoming the champion for the fourth time, Kolkata’s eyes are on ending their seven-year title drought and winning the IPL trophy for the third time.

Under Morgan’s captaincy, Kolkata Knight Riders have entered the finals after registering thrilling wins in the last few matches. But the team’s star all-rounder Andre Russell has been out of the team’s playing XI in the last few matches, which is a big concern for the team. Russell missed the last few matches due to injury. If Russell returns to the playing XI, it will be of great benefit to KKR as the team’s middle order faltered in front of a small target in the previous match. KKR’s middle-order has looked very weak in the UAE leg, adding extra pressure to the top-order batsmen – Venkatesh Iyer, Shubman Gill and Rahul Tripathi. Russell has been a match-winning all-rounder for Kolkata Knight Riders in the last few seasons. His presence can give KKR strength in the middle order.

Among the all-rounders, KKR have Sunil Narine and Shakib Al Hasan and if Russell is fit for the final, he may get a chance in the playing XI in place of Shakib. The opening pair of Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer have done well for KKR so far. Apart from him, Sunil Narine has also returned to form and he is also rocking with the ball and the bat. Russell has also scored the highest 344 runs against Chennai. In bowling, Narine has taken the most wickets against Chennai with 19 wickets and the team will once again expect the same performance from him. In this final match against Chennai, the team of Kolkata Knight Riders can go with this playing XI.

Kolkata Knight Riders Probable Playing XI: Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Shakib Al Hasan/Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Shivam Mavi, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakraborty .

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