The IPL finals start on Sunday with four teams trying to become the champions in 2021. The Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings are in the box seat having finished 1st and 2nd on the ladder respectively. Both will play each other in the first match with the winner progressing directly to the final. The Royal Challengers and Kolkata Knight Riders will need to win three consecutive matches to be crowned champions.
We look at some of the important numbers ahead of the finals and categorise them in batting and bowling.
The table below breaks down the batting component in power play (Overs 1-6), middle overs (Overs 7-15) and the death overs (Overs 16-20).
Chennai as a team have scored most runs out of the four teams and their ability to hit boundaries in the death overs is far superior to other teams. Delhi has a distinct advantage in the power-play while Kolkata have highest run-rate through the middle overs.
The table below breaks down the bowling component in power play (Overs 1-6), middle overs (Overs 7-15) and the death overs (Overs 16-20).
Delhi and Chennai are clearly more successful that the other two teams in respect of taking wickets in the early stages of the match. Bangalore has a marginal advantage in the death overs but struggle to take wickets up front.
The batting and bowling trends evident in the tables above will no doubt dictate the result of the matches in the finals series.