KOL vs CSK Dream11 Prediction: Chennai Super Kings look a lot stronger unit with the inclusion of Ambati Rayudu and Dwayne Bravo in the playing XI and they displayed that confidence against Kings XI Punjab in the last match. Now, they are looking at an even tougher challenge against Kolkata Knight Riders today at Abu Dhabi. We are at one third of this year’s IPL and teams would look to consolidate their positions in top 4. We will preview KOL vs CSK Dream11 contest.
Kolkata Knight Riders ran out of fuel in their last match against Delhi Capitals at Sharjah. Bowling first, all the bowlers were unable to stop the flow of runs apart from Andre Russell at a high scoring venue. Andre Russell picked up two but couldn’t stop DC from putting on 228 runs on the board. In reply, Shubman Gill and Nitish Rana had a good stand after another Sunil Narine failure at the top. Andre Russell was promoted up the order but was dismissed very early. Eoin Morgan and Rahul Tripathi raised hopes from nowhere with a blistering stand of 78 runs in double quick time. But the mountain was always a tough one to climb as KKR fell short by 18 runs.
Chennai Super Kings played their best cricket of the season so far against Kings XI Punjab. Bowling first, they pulled back things nicely after a good start from Kings XI Punjab. Shardul Thakur picked up a couple while Ravindra Jadeja and Piyush Chawla had a wicket each. Deepak Chahar was not having wickets to show but he bowled economically. KXIP were restricted to a total of 178 runs from their 20 overs. In reply, Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis put on an opening masterclass with a record stand. Both remained unbeaten with the scores of 83 & 87 respectively as CSK prevailed home by 10 wickets.
In head-to-head comparisons, Chennai Super Kings have had a better record against Kolkata Knight Riders over the years. CSK have won 14 matches while 8 games have gone KKR’s way in 23 matches played between them. In last 5 matches, CSK are leading the charge by 3-2 margin. They will be meeting for the first time in this country.
Pitch and Conditions
Abu Dhabi will host second consecutive match in as many days. The match will be played on the same pitch from yesterday’s encounter between Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals. It played well in the first half but began to slow down in the second half yesterday. It will slow down even further today and batting first would be a good decision here. A pleasant evening is expected at Abu Dhabi today.
KKR vs CSK Dream11 Teams Match Details
Fixture name: Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Chennai Super Kings, Match 21, IPL 2020
Competition: IPL 2020
Date: 7th October 2020
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Stadium: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Head to Head (Last 5 games)
Kolkata Knight Riders: 02, Chennai Super Kings: 03, Tie: 00
We may see a change in the playing XI of Kolkata Knight Riders today according to the conditions.
Sunil Narine should get another opportunity at the top considering the fact that CSK do not have any express pace bowler in their ranks. Shubman Gill will accompany him as usual.
Nitish Rana played well in the last match but Dinesh Karthik has struggled for runs this year. Eoin Morgan is their most important player in middle order along with Andre Russell. Going by the last match, Rahul Tripathi will be used as a finisher.
Kuldeep Yadav may come in place of Kamlesh Nagarkoti given that this match will be played on a used surface. Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi and Varun Chakravarthy are confirmed starters in the XI.
KOL Playing 11 (Probable)
Sunil Narine Shubman Gill Nitish Rana Eoin Morgan Dinesh Karthik Andre Russell Rahul Tripathi Pat Cummins Kuldeep Yadav Varun Chakravarthy Shivam Mavi
Chennai Super Kings Team News
Chennai Super Kings like to have a consistency in their selections and may go with the same playing XI from the last match after a win.
Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis are back to their best as a combination and that can answer many questions for CSK going forward.
Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni have been used according to match situations so far while Ravindra Jadeja and Sam Curran have done their jobs as all-rounders.
Dwayne Bravo has remained economical in the matches he played till now while Deepak Chahar and Shardul Thakur have also bowled well to an extent. Piyush Chawla will be their only specialist spinner in KKR vs CSK Dream11 prediction.
CSK Playing 11 (Probable)
Shane Watson Faf du Plessis Ambati Rayudu MS Dhoni Kedar Jadhav Sam Curran Ravindra Jadeja Dwayne Bravo Shardul Thakur Piyush Chawla Deepak Chahar
KOL vs CSK Dream 11 Prediction Today Cricket Match
WK: MS Dhoni Batsmen: Shubman Gill, Eoin Morgan, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Faf du Plessis All-rounders: Andre Russell, Sunil Narine Bowlers: Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy, Deepak Chahar
As expected, Eoin Morgan is having his best year at IPL. He came here in an unprecedented form with the bat and has continued that for KKR. English captain’s power-hitting credentials are second to none and will have a left-arm spinner and a leg-spinner to play with today. His scores are 44, 34*, 42* & 16 this year.
Andre Russell should enjoy his stay against Chennai Super Kings today. CSK are not having any express pace bowler in their ranks to trouble Andre Russell, who also has a very good record against them. Andre Russell has made 284 from 9 innings against CSK at an average of 56.80.
Faf du Plessis has been exceptional this year with the bat. He has made most of the opportunities he got at the top. He is second on the list of top run scorers this year just after KL Rahul with 282 runs in 5 innings. He is a straight forward pick from CSK looking at his consistency this season.
Sunil Narine is not having a good season by his standards this year till now. But we are suggesting his name for the grand leagues based on the fact that he has some crucial match-ups in his favor against CSK. His records against MS Dhoni, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis & Ambati Rayudu have been dominant. He should also enjoy the fact that CSK do not have any genuine pace option to strangle him with the bat.
Shane Watson is back in form and that makes him a handy option for captaincy position in the grand leagues. He was hitting the ball from the middle and was at his destructive best against Kings XI Punjab. How he plays the opening spell from Pat Cummins will be a key to his success today.
After coming back from the injury, Ambati Rayudu has not spent enough time in the middle but he can be bet upon purely on the basis of past performances. He played a big part in CSK’s opening win against Mumbai Indians. He plays in top 3, so game time won’t affect his fantasy potential.
Who will win KOL vs CSK Today Match Prediction?
As per our KKR vs CSK Dream11 Today Match Predictions, Kolkata Knight Riders are primed to win this match against Chennai Super Kings. CSK won the last match due to their belligerent opening pair but still have some weaknesses in the XI. On the other hand, KKR are having a stronger outfit with some of the players having very good records against CSK.
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