After struggling in the first leg of the tournament in India, KKR made a remarkable turnaround when the event was moved to the UAE, reaching the finals to play eventual champions Chennai Super Kings.
IPL 2021: Coach Brendon McCullum credits Venkatesh Iyer for turnaround in fortunes of KKR in UAE leg
Venkatesh Iyer amassed 370 runs from 10 games this season to help KKR reach the IPL 2021 final.
"It's about the belief in the squad from management, owners. After last season, I was really disappointed. We owed it to the franchise, the fans to come up with a better performance," Bravo said after the match.
IPL 2021 final: 'Great turnaround', Cricket Twitter celebrates CSK's fourth IPL title after 27-run win over KKR
Chennai Super Kings restricted Kolkata Knight Riders to 165/9 after posting a challenging 192/3 on the board to lift the IPL trophy for a fourth time under MS Dhoni's leadership.
Dhoni, the most loved and revered Indian captain of all time, led Chennai Super Kings, a team of old warhorses with oodles of experience, to another IPL title.
Chasing an imposing target of 193, KKR could manage 165 for 9 in their 20 overs with Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer hitting 51 and 50 respectively.
CSK will be playing their ninth IPL final in 12 appearances in what could be MS Dhoni's final season in charge, while KKR will draw inspiration from their 100 percent record in summit clashes.
Rahul Tripathi's penultimate ball six helped KKR reach their first final since 2014 after losing six wickets for seven runs in a space of 23 balls in death overs.
Kolkata Knight Riders almost committed harakiri in what seemed like an easy run chase against Delhi Capitals in the IPL Qualifier 2 on Wednesday
Kolkata Knight Riders held their nerve after a late collapse with Rahul Tripathi sealing a three-wicket win with a six off Ravichandran Ashwin to enter the IPL final for a third time.
Kolkata Knight Riders knocked Delhi Capitals out with a three-wicket win in Qualifier 2, setting up a repeat of the 2012 final with Eoin Morgan's men now facing Chennai Super Kings in the final.
Two-time champions KKR will face three-time winners Chennai Super Kings in the summit clash in Dubai on Friday.
Highlights, IPL 2021, KKR vs DC Qualifier 2, Full Cricket Score: Tripathi's six off penultimate ball wins it for KKR
IPL 2021, Qualifier 2 Live Updates: Rahul Tripathi’s on strike for the hat-trick ball, and once again goes for the slog like Narine before him, only this time he connects from the middle of his bat, clearing the long off fence in style as KKR knock DC out and keep their fairytale campaign going with a thrilling three-wicket win!
Since taking over as RCB's captain in 2013, Kohli has led the team to the playoffs four times, including the last two seasons, and the final in 2016.
Rabada, who was the tournament's highest wicket taker last edition, has struggled to replicate the terrific form in the second leg of the ongoing season.
Sunil Narine got rid of key RCB batters in his haul of 4/21 before smashing a flurry of sixes in his 15-ball 26 to help KKR win the eliminator by four wickets.
Sunil Narine took 4 for 21, including wickets of Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers, and then hit 26 off 15 balls with three sixes in KKR's successful chase of 139 in 19.4 overs.
KKR will now meet Delhi Capitals in the second Qualifier on Wednesday to decide Chennai Super Kings' rivals for the title clash on 15 October.
Hasaranga and Chameera were roped in as replacement players for Australians Adam Zampa and Daniel Sams by the franchise ahead of the second leg of ongoing season.
KKR chief mentor Hussey made the statement after their massive 86-run win over RR on Thursday, adding that the Jamaican’s return would be a “huge boost” for the side in the knockouts.