The Chennai Super Kings team has been eliminated from the IPL season this season. Today he faces Kolkata Knight Riders, who are struggling for the play-off with 12 points from 12 matches. In today’s match, Chennai will not have a significant effect due to the defeat or win but the road will definitely be difficult for Kolkata.
CSK vs KKR: Chennai and Kolkata clash, see match scorecard here
Chennai may spoil the game
The play-off equation has become interesting due to the performance of Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the last few matches. Therefore, Kolkata’s team would like to leave no stone unturned to win in today’s match but now the Chennai team, playing for the honor, will also try to rise above the lowest position in the point table by throwing all the strength.
Bat is worry
Looking at the previous performances of both the teams, Chennai defeated the strong Royal Challengers Bangalore. On the other hand Kolkata was badly beaten by Kings XI Punjab. In the match against Punjab, only Shubman Gill and captain Eoin Morgan themselves could stay for a while. Apart from these two, in the end, Locky Ferguson played some attractive shots and brought the team to a respectable score. In such a situation, batting remains a concern for the team. The lack of consistency is particularly evident in the batting of Nitish Rana and Dinesh Karthik. Although the bowlers have played a good role. Especially Varun Chakraborty is giving away wickets to the team at crucial times. The pace of Pat Cummins is also troubling the opposition batsmen for the last few matches. Cummins is also contributing well to the bat when the opportunity arises.
Heavy on youth
As far as Chennai is concerned, before the match against Bangalore, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that now he will give more and more opportunities to the youth. Dhoni’s experiment was also proved and Rituraj Gaikwad, who came to the opening, played a key role in the victory of the half-century innings. The spin department has also been strengthened already with the introduction of New Zealand spinner Mitchell Santner. All-rounder Sam Kuran has been making significant contributions to the team since the first match. It is now the turn of veteran Faf du Plessis and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni himself to entertain their fans by playing some exciting innings in the remaining two matches.
Expected Playing XI
KKR: Tom Banton, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan, Rahul Tripathi, Dinesh Karthik, Pat Cummins, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakraborty, Shivam Mavi, Kamlesh Nagerkoti.
CSK: Faf du Plessis, Rituraj Gaikwad, Ambati Rayudu, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, N Jagadeesan, Sam Kuran, Shardul Thakur, Mitchell Santner, Imran Tahir and Deepak Chahar.
Face to face
Total Matches 22
KKR won 8
CSK won 13
No Result 1
Batting: KKR: Shubhaman Gill (12 matches, 278 runs) CSK: Faf du Plessis (12 matches, 401 runs)
Boling: KKR: Varun Chakraborty (11 matches, 13 wickets) CSK: Sam Kuran (12 matches, 13 wickets)
IPL-13 at Dubai International Cricket Stadium