Chennai Super Kings v Kolkata Knight Riders – Match Preview
The Chennai Super Kings have dominated the Kolkata Knight Riders in their last five head-to-head meetings. CSK won four of those, including twice during the IPL 2021.
Where: Dubai International Cricket Stadium
When: Friday, 15 October 2021
Start time: 19:30 IST (14:00 GMT)
Pitch conditions: All of the last eight IPL matches at this ground have been won by the team batting second. This is a good ground for chasing targets. The toss-winning captain will likely bowl first. A first-innings score of 180 could be competitive.
Weather conditions: The forecast for matchday in Dubai is hot and dry, as usual. But there is a slight chance of rain predicted. It probably won’t be enough to limit play, though, if it even arrives at all. Temperatures will likely move into the late 30 degrees celsius.
Chennai Super Kings v Kolkata Knight Riders – Latest Odds
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The Chennai Super Kings are priced as 1.88 favourites. The Kolkata Knight Riders are offered at 1.89. Its’ tight, but we think CSK will come out on top here.
CSK v KKR – Team News
MS Dhoni – He is probably the best captain in the IPL and you can look forward to his tactical battle with KKR skipper Eoin Morgan.
Josh Hazlewood – The Australian was Chennai’s top bowler in their previous match against Delhi. He is a good option in the bowling markets again.
Moeen Ali – The Super Kings could certainly do with a big performance with bat and ball from the England all-rounder.
Andre Russell – It’s unlikely the West Indian all-rounder will be back from injury for this match. The onus could be on Tom Curran to do well in Russell’s absence.
Varun Chakravarthy – Kolkata will probably deploy plenty of spin again, perhaps as many as 12 overs of it. Chakravarthy should be responsible for four of those.
Chennai Super Kings v Kolkata Knight Riders – Betting Tips and Predictions
Have a look at these extra cricket betting tips and match predictions. Our experts include sound advice about the best odds on offer.
Go for Gaikwad as Top CSK Batsman
Ruturaj Gaikwad has put in remarkably consistent performances in the IPL 2021. He is also now one of the few owners of a recent IPL century.
Gaikwad needs just 24 runs to overtake KL Rahul as the leading run-scorer in this season’s tournament. He will almost definitely open the batting again and have plenty of opportunity to do this.
Betting on Gaikwad as the top batsman for CSK in the final at 3.4 with bet365 is a solid option. They have other choices in the same market, but this looks the best.
Find Value in MVP Narine
Sunil Narine had a slow return to the IPL when it relocated to the UAE, but quickly found form to emerge as one of the best all-rounders this season.
The West Indian star has not been picked for the T20 World Cup this year, but should be a huge asset for KKR in the final.
They send him up and down the order with the bat according to the scenario and he bowls at crucial times in the innings. Bet on Narine for a player of the match performance at 9.9 with 22Bet.
Bet on Ferguson for Top KKR Bowler
Lockie Ferguson has taken 13 wickets in seven matches during the IPL 2021. Not many bowlers have averaged almost two wickets per outing.
The New Zealand fast bowler has varied his pace well, mixing slower balls with outright speed. His slower ball from the back of the hand could come in handy here again.
Ferguson has really stepped up for KKR in the absence of Pat Cummins. Bet on him to be the top KKR bowler in the IPL final at 3.5 with 1xBet.
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