After losing a home match in Kolkata, Kolkata Knight Riders is going to host table topper CSK at Eden Garden. KKR has suffered two consecutive losses, and this blow got doubled as Andre Russell got injured in the last match against Delhi Capitals. KKR lost both the matches against DC this season. But CSK has won 3 consecutive matches after they lost from Mumbai Indians. So, at Eden Garden KKR eyes to take revenge from CSK for the away loss this season.
KKR vs CSK head to head
KKR and CSK have met 23 times in IPL. CSK has a good edge over KKR by 13-9. CSK has won the last match against KKR in this season in Chennai. At Eden Garden, both teams have met eight times, and by the stats, both are in level by 4-4. But in last three encounters in Kolkata, KKR had won against CSK.
CSK is going to maintain its winning streak when they will have a faceoff with KKR at Eden Garden on the first match of the doubleheader on Sunday. At the current scenario, CSK is sitting at the top of the point table comfortably. KKR is looking to come back into the race after getting lost by CSK in Chennai and by DC in Kolkata. KKR is in worried as its most inform player was seen of getting wrist injury during the match against Delhi Capitals, and he left the field in pain.
KKR is so far in VIVO IPL 2019
It is quite clear from both the defeats of KKR that, the team is over-dependent on Russell. So the teams are making a strategy to restrict the Caribbean player and not let him score high to get a big target. Till now there is the uncertainty of Andre Russell to make an appearance on the first match of Sunday.
Losing Russell before the match against CSK may be a big blow for KKR. Russell is in exceptional form in this season. He has scored six consecutive 40s, and in one match he didn’t come to bat. Russell has saved Kolkata in many matches in very crucial moments. So it may hurt a lot to KKR if he can’t play against CSK.
Thankfully, KKR has introduced Shubman Gill who has shown his value by scoring 65 runs on 39 balls against Delhi Capitals. But it is the matter for KKR to click its whole batting line up to get a par of CSK. The skipper Dinesh Karthik is struggling for his form as he is expecting a spot in India World Cup 2019 squad.
CSK is so far in VIVO IPL 2019
Under the leadership of Dhoni, CSK has already won six matches, and all players are in good form. On their last encounter with Rajasthan Royals, Dhoni and Rayudu saved CSK and gave the team a win. But unfortunately, Dhoni was seen losing his temperament and invade into the field. Thankfully, he didn’t get any ban, but he got penalized by 50% match fees.
Deepak Chahar and Imran Tahir are their bowling power. They can destroy any team’s batting line up. Bravo was absent in last three matches due to injury; he may return to the playing 11 against Kolkata.
Probable Playing 11
Joe Denly, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell, Suni Narine / Carlos Brathwaite, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Lockie Ferguson.
Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Santner, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh / Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir.
VIVO IPL 2019 KKR vs CSK
Venue: Eden Garden
Time: 8:00 PM IST
Broadcasting Partner: Star Sports
Live Streaming: Hotstar