In the top of the table clash, Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders will fight it out for the top position on the points table. Both the sides have recorded four wins apiece in the competition so far.
Given Chepauk’s reputation of offering plenty of purchase to the slow bowlers, the modus operandi for CSK vs KKR will be spin.
Harbhajan Singh, who set Chris Gayle up beautifully in the last outing, is likely to keep his place in the side. The offie will partner South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir and left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja.
The KKR spin trio of Piyush Chawla, Sunil Narine and Kuldeep Yadav have done a decent job for the side on the surfaces that didn’t offer much assistance to their style of bowling. They might enjoy bowling here.
Harry Gurney was impressive on his IPL debut and likely to keep his place ahead of Lokie Ferguson who went for plenty in the earlier games.
Head to Head – Chennai vs Kolkata IPL 2019
Played – 18, Chennai Super Kings– 11, Kolkata Knight Riders – 7
Played – 8, Chennai Super Kings– 6, Kolkata Knight Riders – 2
Chennai have an impeccable record at their home. In the last 16 outings at the venue, CSK have a 15-1 win-loss record. To add to that, Chennai have not lost a game in which they have batted first, the reverse of what the current T20 trend is. However, Kolkata Knight Riders can stop CSK as they are undefeated in three run-chases this season.
Chennai Super Kings – Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Scott Kuggeleijn, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar
Kolkata Knight Riders – Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robbie Uthappa, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Harry Gurney, Prasidh Krishna