The Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises have announced the players they have retained ahead of the mega auction, which is likely to take place in January next year. Tuesday was the deadline for the eight existing franchises to name the list of players they have retained. From December 1 to December 25, the two new franchises - Ahmedabad and Lucknow - can pick three players ahead of the mega auction.
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper MS Dhoni lauded Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for putting up a stellar performance in the second half of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. Dhoni went to the extent of stating that KKR deserved to win the title.
So it will be Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the final of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 in Dubai on Friday. Both CSK and KKR have been here before. In fact, Chennai will be playing in their ninth IPL final. They have won the championship thrice before, the last of their wins coming in 2018. It has been a while since KKR won the IPL. After capturing the crown in 2012, they lifted the title for the second time in 2014. Thus, they will be keen to make an impression in the final.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) captain Eoin Morgan admitted that the franchise should not have lost their way like they did in Qualifier 2 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 against Delhi Capitals (DC) in Sharjah on Wednesday. Set to chase 136, KKR were cruising in the chase at 123 for 1. However, a sensational collapse saw them crumble to 130 for 7 in no time. With six needed off two, Rahul Tripathi slammed Ravichandran Ashwin for a six down the ground to lift KKR to a nervous three-wicket win and put them in the final.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli stated that he has given his 120 percent for the franchise on every occasion. RCB were knocked out of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 following the loss in the Eliminator to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in Sharjah on Monday.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will face Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Eliminator of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Monday. Unlike Qualifier 1, this will be a must-win clash as the loser will be knocked out of the tournament.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will face Rajasthan Royals (RR) in match number 54 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Thursday. This will be the second match of the double header. The clash will be hugely significant for KKR. A win will all but assure them of a place in the IPL 2021 playoffs, considering they have an excellent net run rate of +0.294. A victory will take them to 14 points and even if Mumbai Indians (MI) win their last game handsomely, they will find it next to impossible to dislodge KKR from the fourth spot.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will face Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in match number 49 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday, October 3. KKR are still in the playoffs race while SRH will be playing for pride and looking to gain some confidence.