After a sweet victory in Jaipur, Kolkata Knight Riders is flying to Chennai to tussle with Chennai Super Kings. Both the teams have lost one match so far and have 8 points on the point table. KKR is ahead of CSK due to NRR difference. Let’s see if KKR can maintain the top spot or CSK can get a par of Russell’s muscle to retain the top spot.
CSK v. KKR Head to Head
As per the current stats, CSK and KKR have played 21 matches between themselves. CSK as the edge over KKR with 12-8 stats. One match was concluded with no result.
At Chepauk it will be a treat for spin bowlers. Both the team have experienced a spin attack. On CSK’s last encounter with KXIP, Harbhajan, Tahir, Jadeja didn’t give momentum to KXIP’s batsmen to cross their score. On the other hand, KKR’s spinners Narine, Piyush Chawla, and Kuldeep Yadav didn’t allow Buttler to score high to have an easy target.
Due to the all-rounder performance by the KKR’s player, they got an easy victory over Rajasthan Royals. Chris Lynn has backed to his form, and he hit 50 runs on 32 balls with six fours and three sixes. Narine was also in superb touch. He also hit the same nos. of fours and sixes like Lynn and added 47 on 25 balls. Uthappa had a balanced batting till the end of the innings by adding 26 runs on 16 balls.
On their last encounter with KXIP, CSK had its new opening batsmen pair. Dhoni picked du Plessis in place of injured Dwayne Bravo, and he scores 54 runs on 38 balls. Watson had a balanced batting to add 26 runs to the board on 24 balls. Dhoni was again in superb touch and smashed 37 runs on 23 balls. Rayudu was demoted to 3rd down batsmen, and he was good on that position by adding 21 runs on 15 balls.
Both teams has great batting depth. KKR has its savage as Russell. But CSK’s star Bravo is injured and is uncertain to play today’s match. The eyes are on both the teams’ batsmen. Let’s see how they neutralize each other’s spin attack
Moreover, the Indian players of both the team have to perform well. Especially, Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Dinesh Karthik, and Kuldeep Yadav have to perform. The eyes of the Indian team selectors are on them as they will announce the India World Cup squad 2019 on 15th of this month.
KKR may go with the same team as of the last match. There is no injury concern for the team
Bravo’s injury may make way for du Plessis against KKR also. As per now, there is no specific news on Bravo. Rest CSK team may be unchanged.
Expected Playing XI
MS Dhoni (C & W), Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Scott Kuggeleijn, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, and Suresh Raina.
Dinesh Karthik (C & W), Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Harry Gurney, Prasidh Krishna, Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Shubman Gill, and Nitish Rana.
The pitch of MA Chidambaram stadium is the paradise for spinners. So the team who can utilize spinners at the perfect time will have the advantage.
Dream 11 Team
Captain: Shane Watson, Nitish Rana, Suresh Raina, Robin Uthappa
Vice-captain: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Faf du Plessis, MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik
VIVO IPL 2019 CSK vs KKR
Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium
Time: 8:00 PM IST
Broadcasting Partner: Star Sports
Live Streaming: Hotstar