Sunday morning's qualifier match between Chennai and Delhi was incredible. Delhi hit a more than respectable score of 172 leaving CSK with work to do. Then, Chennai's top scorer, Faf de Plessis, faced two balls before being bowled out with only a single run. Ruturaj Gaikwad and co. carried them enough until Indian cricket legend MS Dhoni came in at the death and hit it home. I didn't get to see DJ Bravo dance, an extraordinarily quiet game from him, but I'm very happy to see CSK make it though to the Finals (Friday). First, KKR and RCB must face off Monday and the winner will go up against Delhi on Wednesday to determine Chennai's opponent in the trophy match.
Like Chennai with MS Dhoni, RCB has their own cricket legend leading the way in Virat Kholi, but Bangalore have their work cut out for them against this Kolkata Knight Rider team despite finishing above KKR in the round robin table. First, let's look at season stats as a whole. KKR played fewer Overs/match (18.5) than any team in the league and nearly a full over less than RCB. That is effectively 6 fewers balls per game, or about a 5% difference. If we account for that additional 5% we get a runs/match of just over 158, 14.5 Fours, and6 sixes/match.
Looking at what opponents have done against these two teams, we see a similar story. KKR is the stronger team across the board. Fewer runs allowed, fours, sixes, more wickets earned.
|Team||Op Overs/M||Op Runs/M||Op Fours/M||Op Sixes/M||Wickets/M||Op Runs/Wk|
The UAE leg stats are largely the same, although Six counts have dropped for KKR. Venky Iyer for the Knight Riders has been a blast to watch and I'm rooting for him to help pull off a big win over RCB. Here is some of the action I'll be getting in on for the game in order of ones I like most listed first:
*****Runs Fall of 1st Wicket: Over 21.5 (-110) 🔒
****Most Match Fours: Kolkata Knight Riders (-115) ❌
***Kolkata Knight Rider ML (-110) 🔒
LONGSHOT: Most Match Sixes: TIE (+600)
MotM: Venky Iyer (huge bias from me on my MotM pick)