So, here we are! After weeks of anticipation, analysis, and euphoria, the Indian Premier League is finally here. The 2018 season with all the subtle additions like DRS, Mid-season Transfer, is expected to be bigger and better. On Tuesday the Chennai Super Kings return to their den at the Chepauk to face their perennial old-rivals in the Kolkata Knight Riders.
Where: M.A Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
When: 10 April 2018, 8:00 PM
Chepauk has prominently been a spin-friendly track with 9 of the ten highest wicket-takers being spinners. That CSK has stacked their squad with a sea of spin bowling options is a true testimony as to how the pitch will play out this season as well.
Statistics over the years: While over the past decade, the average first innings score ranges from 170 to 164 in 2015, 56.9% of the matches have been won by the teambatting first (33) while teamsbatting second have won 39.7% of the matches(23), while two matches have ended in a tie.
Total Match Played- 17
CSK’s highest score against KKR is 200/3 (Chennai, 2013); Result: CSK won by 14 runs
KKR’s highest score against CSK is 192/5 (Chennai, 2012); Result: KKR won by 5 wickets
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CSK’s lowest score against KKR is 114/4 (Kolkata, 2011); Result: KKR won by 10 runs (D/L Method)
KKR’s lowest score against CSK is 109/10 (Kolkata, 2010); Result: CSK won by 55 runs.
Team News and Probabale XI:
Chennai Super Kings
The Super Kings would believe that they got out of the jail, thanks to the heroics of all-rounder Dwayne Bravo in their tournament opener against the defending champions Mumbai Indians. At 6-84, while chasing 165, they looked well and truly out of the contest, only to be saved by a belligerent Bravo, who smashed 68 off just 30 balls to cap off a sensational win for CSK.
While Shane Watson fared well with both bat and ball (2-29 & 16 off 14 balls), it is their middle-order in Raina, Dhoni, and Rayudu, who threw away his wicket after a fine start, that will need to step-up in the upcoming games. Kedar Jadhav, who hit the winning shot in the last over, has been ruled out due to a hamstring injury, he had sustained in the last encounter.
Murali Vijay is expected to make a comeback in place of Kedar Jadhav, while Mark Wood might give way to Faf du Plessis or Lungi Ngidi.
The two-time IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders ushered in a new era under the leadership of Dinesh Karthik, with a sparkling win over the Royal Challengers Bangalore. While Sunil Narine was the game-changer for the Knight Riders, scoring 50 of just 19 balls, whilst bamboozling the batsmen with his bowling. While Chris Lynn missed out, the likes of Rana, Karthik, and Andre Russell played valiantly to bring up a comfortable win for KKR. Not much changes are expected in the squad except Vinay Kumar, who was expensive in the previous match, might pave way Kamlesh Nagarkoti.
Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa (wk), Dinesh Karthik (capt), Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Rinku Singh, Piyush Chawla Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Mitchell Johnson, Vinay Kumar/ Kamlesh Nagarkoti
Where to watch Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders?
The viewers can watch the match live on Star Sports 1/HD and can also live stream the match on Hotstar.com