Three-time champions Chennai Super Kings will take on two-time winners Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League 2021 final at the Dubai International Stadium in the UAE on Friday.
The IPL 2021 final will be played on Dussehra Day in India, a Hindu festival that celebrates the victory of good over evil. The match starts at 7:30 PM IST. Watch CSK vs KKR live!
Although CSK have won the IPL title thrice, last in 2018, they have lost in the summit clash on five other occasions. Friday’s match will be Chennai’s ninth IPL final.
KKR, meanwhile, have made the final of the Indian Premier League twice before, and won on both occasions. Their last title, however, came in 2014.
Kolkata Knight Riders, co-owned by Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, made the final after beating last year’s finalists Delhi Capitals in Qualifier 2 in a close match. They earlier beat Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Eliminator in another tight contest.
KKR made the IPL playoffs by finishing fourth in the group stages, winning seven and losing seven matches. CSK, meanwhile, won nine and lost five of their group games to finish second on the table.
Led by the talismanic MS Dhoni, Chennai Super Kings beat group leaders Delhi Capitals in Qualifier 1 to make the final.
CSK vs KKR: Top performers in IPL 2021
Ruturaj Gaikwad has been the leading batsman for CSK this season, having scored 603 runs at an average of 46.38. Veteran Faf du Plessis has also been among runs, with 547 at 42.07.
For KKR, young Shubman Gill tops the runs with 427 but Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana and Venkatesh Iyer have also made crucial contributions.
Pacer Shardul Thakur is the leading wicket-taker for Chennai while spinner Varun Chakravarthy has scalped the most for KKR. Both have 18 wickets each.
CSK vs KKR head to head
Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders have clashed in 25 matches with CSK winning 16 and KKR winning eight. One ended in a no result.
CSK have won their last three matches against KKR, including one in Dubai last year.
Where to watch the IPL 2021 final live?
The Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders IPL 2021 final will be telecast live on the Star Sports 1 SD and HD, Star Sports 2 SD and HD, Star Sports First, Star Sports Select 1 SD and HD TV channels in India.
Regional commentary (Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Bangla) will be available on its respective channels on Star Sports.
CSK vs KKR IPL 2021 final live streaming will be available on Disney+ Hotstar.