Chennai, April 09, Tuesday at 08:00 PM IST
So, two of the most successful teams of this year are all set to square off against each other at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai. The reigning champions Chennai Super Kings and table-toppers Kolkata Knight Riders have won four matches each and have faced only one defeat in Vivo IPL 2019.
MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings completed its hat-trick of home wins on Saturday after beating Kings XI Punjab by 22 runs. They will be playing their fourth home fixture tonight and would be completely wary of Dinesh Karthik-led Kolkata Knight Riders. Kolkata Knight Riders grabbed the top spot in the points table after registering a convincing 8 wickets win over Rajasthan Royals on Sunday night. While H Gurney, Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine were the key performers against Royals, Jamaican power-hitter Andre Russell has been the main reason behind KKR’s standout performance this season. A Russell has been adjudged Man of the Match in three games out of five encounters due to his slaught with the bat and will be the biggest threat to the hosts.
When last time both the teams met at Chepauk, Sam Billings 23-ball 56 overshadowed Andre Russells 36-ball 88. So, will he continue his good form or will MS Dhoni’s strategies neutralise his Muscle Power? We will watch it tonight. Till then, let’s have a look at some interesting facts and stats on both sides.
Chennai Super Kings: 12
Kolkata Knight Riders: 08
After the turner in the tournament opener, M Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai has produced far better surfaces. Despite being sluggish in nature, the last two encounters have witnessed 160+ runs in the first innings. While spinners will be more helpful at this surface, patience will be the key here in batting.
CSK – Unchanged
KKR – Unchanged
CSK Playing 11:
Wicket-keeper – MS Dhoni (C)
Batsmen – Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu
All-rounder – Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja
Bowlers -Deepak Chahar, S Kuggeleijn, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir
KKR Playing 11:
Wicket-keeper – Dinesh Karthik
Batsmen – Chris Lynn, Nitish Rana, R Uthappa, Shubhman Gill
All-rounder – Sunil Narine, Andre Russell
Bowlers – P Chawla, P Krishna, H Gurney, Kuldeep Yadav
Chennai Super Kings –
N Jagadeesan, Sam Billings, Ambati Rayudu, Monu Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni(w/c), Suresh Raina, Murali Vijay, Dhruv Shorey, Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shane Watson, Dwayne Bravo, Mitchell Santner, David Willey, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Harbhajan Singh, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Shardul Thakur, KM Asif, Kedar Jadhav, Mohit Sharma
Kolkata Knight Riders-
Lockie Ferguson, Dinesh Karthik (c), Kuldeep Yadav, Robin Uthappa, KC Cariappa, Joe Denly, Sunil Narine, Shrikant Mundhe, Harry Gurney, Andre Russell, Chris Lynn, Piyush Chawla, Carlos Brathwaite, Nitish Rana, Nikhil Naik, Prasidh Krishna, Rinku Singh, Shubman Gill, Sandeep Warrier, Yarra Prithviraj
In wicketkeeper, both MS Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik share same credit points and even come at the same order to bat. So, you can pick any one of the two.
In batting, Suresh Raina, and Shane Watson will be the perfect pick in batters from CSK. Since IPL 2015, Suresh Raina has scored two fifties against KKR while Shane Watson has scored a ton and has three 30+ scores. R Uthappa, N Rana and S Gill will be the right picks from KKR. Rana has looked in good touch with the bat so far while S Gill smashed an unbeaten fifty and guided his side to win in Eden Gardens last year.
C Lynn managed the scores of 22 and 12 against CSK in the last edition.
In all-rounder, R Jadeja, A Russell and Sunil Narine are must-have picks.
In bowling, P Chawla, D Chahar and I Tahir will be the key.
Piyush Chawla has bagged 6 wickets in the last four encounters with CSK. He can be a right pick in bowlers.
Key stats on why Watson, Russell and Rayudu are not the best captain/vice-captain options
MS Dhoni, in all likelihood, will turn to Tahir or Jadeja to get in-form Russell, while Karthik can use Narine to rid of dangerous Watson.
Andre Russell vs Imran Tahir: 3 dismissals in 6 innings (Average – 4.3)
Andre Russell vs R Jadeja: 2 dismissals in 6 innings (Average – 27.5)
Watson vs Narine – 6 dismissals in 50 balls bowled, Runs scored – 56
Rayudu vs Narine – 3 dismissals in 42 balls bowled, Runs scored – 36
CSK – Unchanged
KKR – Unchanged
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