CSK vs KKR- 3 Player Battles To Watch Out For. Chennai Super Kings face off Kolkata Knight Riders in the final of IPL 2021 at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Friday. Both the sides finished at the bottom half of the points table last season. The pundits predicted a similar fate for them in IPL 2021 as well. However, the two teams defied all odds and went on to finish amongst the two best sides in the competition.
CSK are coming into this contest on the back of a four-wicket win over Delhi Capitals in qualifier 1. On the other hand, Kolkata Knight Riders beat both RCB and DC in the Eliminator and Qualifier 2 to reach here.
The two teams have played against each other twice this season. Chennai Super Kings emerged victorious on both occasions. However, it isn’t going to be easy for CSK to make it three wins in a row as Kolkata Knight Riders have played some sensational cricket, of late. It will be interesting to see how the in-form players of both sides fare in the all-important match.
As CSK take on Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL 2021 final, we look at three battles to keep an eye on.
CSK vs KKR- 3 Player Battles To Watch Out For
Lockie Ferguson vs Ruturaj Gaikwad
Ruturaj Gaikwad has been in scintillating form in IPL 2021. He is currently the second-highest run-scorer in the tournament with 603 runs to his name in 15 matches at an average of 46. 38. Gaikwad is coming into the game on the back of a superb 50-ball 70-run knock against Delhi Capitals in the Qualifier1.
Gaikwad batted twice against KKR this season. His scores in the two games read: 64 (42) and 40 (28). There aren’t a lot of bowlers who have troubled him this season. However, he was often found wanting against sharp bouncers and Lockie Ferguson is expected to bowl him a lot of those on Friday.
Ferguson is bowling at great lengths and picking wickets consistently for the side. The Kiwi pacer has bowled at all stages in the game and delivered every time the team expected him to. Both the players are in great form and one could expect a cracker of a contest between them, especially in the power play.