Indian Premier League Final (IPL) Cricket Predictions & Tips

Dave Kuzio:

The Indian Premier League comes to a close on Friday with Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders contesting the Final. BettingPro’s cricket expert will pick his best predictions and tips on the final game of the season.

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IPL Betting Tips & Predictions: Chennai Super Kings v Kolkata Knight Riders (Friday, 15:00 BST)

The 2021 Indian Premier League Final takes place at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai on Friday between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders. The Super Kings ended the regular campaign in second place with 18 points, while the Knight Riders finished in the fourth and final spot with seven wins from 14. Chennai booked their place in the final with a four-wicket success against league leaders Delhi Capitals. The Super Kings opted to bowl first and claimed five wickets as the Capitals posted a very competitive 172. That was a tough total to chase down, but the Super Kings managed to do it with two balls to spare as Ruturaj Gaikwad and Robin Uthappa hit 70 and 63 respectively. The Knight Riders have had to get to the final the hard way. First, they beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by four wickets in their eliminator. They then had to go up against Delhi Capitals for a place in the final. They won the toss and decided to bowl first. It ended up being a good choice, as they reduced Delhi to 135-5 with Varun Chakaravarthy taking two wickets. They then went on to claim victory with one ball to spare as Venkatesh Iyer top-scored with 55 from 41 balls. When you look at the league ladder before the play-offs, you wouldn’t give Kolkata a chance, but this is the final and anything can happen. I am backing the Chennai Super Kings to win the IPL title for the fourth time. The Super Kings are blessed with quality batsmen in their top order. Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis and Moeen Ali have scored 1470 runs between them, and I believe at least one of them will have a positive impact on the final. I am tipping Gaikwad to add to the 603 runs he has already scored this season. For the Knight Riders, Shubman Gill has scored 427 runs, Rahul Tripathi has hit 395 and Nitish Rana has scored 383. Despite all those runs, I don’t expect any of them to be Kolkata’s top score. I am going for Iyer to add to the 320 runs he has already scored, but it will be all in vain and their fine play-off run will end in the cruellest of ways.

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