CSK vs KOL Prediction: There was a change in script yesterday in the IPL as the two games saw two sub-par totals being defended. Delhi Capitals huffed and puffed to 156-6 before restricting Rajasthan Royals to just 121. The second game at Sharjah was supposed to be a high-scoring one. However, it turned out to be anything but that as Punjab Kings defended a paltry 125.
Chennai Super Kings are set to lock horns with Kolkata Knight Riders in match 38 of the IPL at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. It is the first game of a doubleheader on Super Sunday. Chennai can go top of the table with a win here while Kolkata would be looking to solidify a top-four finish.
Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Match 38, Indian Premier League
26 September 2021, 03:30 PM IST
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
The match will be broadcasted live on Star Sports Network and it can also be streamed on Hotstar App. The matches are split in three venues- Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah. IPL is broadcasted to almost 100 countries including all cricket-playing nations.
CSK vs KOL Head to Head: The Super Kings have the upper hand in this fixture with 15 wins compared to the Knight Riders’ eight wins.
CSK – 40%
KOL – 60%
Both teams have winning momentum going for them. Kolkata have played two matches in Abu Dhabi and won both of them. However, CSK are slight favorites to win this game. The betting sites also seem to favor them.
Bet365: CSK: 1.72; KOL: 2.10
Ruturaj Gaikwad is going strong at the top of the order. He plays risk-free cricket and is very consistent. He has 322 runs in 9 innings at an average of 40.25 which includes three half-centuries.
Andre Russell could be amongst the points in this game. He is the most bankable all-rounder. He is bowling at the death ticking the wickets column every game. Dre Russ needs a handful of deliveries to get a decent score. He has 163 runs in 8 innings and 10 wickets.
Sunil Narine is a difficult bowler to pick. He can thrive against the left-handers in the CSK batting lineup. He can also contribute with the bat. Narine has four wickets in six games.
CSK Playing XI
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (C, WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood
KOL Playing XI
Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan(c), Dinesh Karthik(w), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna
Abu Dhabi appears to be a good pitch for quick bowlers, but the spinners are steadily gaining ground. Both teams have selected a high-risk batting strategy and bat deep, so we can anticipate a high-scoring match. A total of roughly 170-180 points might be difficult to achieve. The team winning the toss would look to chase.
If CSK bats first: 160-170
If KOL bats first: 160-170
Cloudless skies with bright sunny weather during the day and clear night is expected over Abu Dhabi today. The day temperature at the start of the match will be 37 degrees Celsius. Towards the end as the sun goes down, it is will gradually drop by 2 to 3 degrees to settle around 34 degrees Celsius in the early parts of night. With hardly any wind and humidity around 40%, it will feel like 40 degrees Celsius.
WICKET-KEEPERS: D Karthik
BATSMEN: F du Plessis, V Iyer, R Tripathi, R Gaikwad
ALL-ROUNDERS: R Jadeja, A Russell, S Narine
BOWLERS: D Chahar, P Krishna, L Ferguson
Captain choices: A Russell, R Gaikwad
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