Chennai Super Kings, who have been out of the playoff race, will now try to spoil the equation of the rest of the teams in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and their first target will be Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), desperate to win. He has to play the match here on Thursday.
KKR has 12 points from 12 matches and will have to win the next two matches to secure a place in the playoffs. Chennai (CSK) is at the final position in the eight teams table and its team will now take the field for prestige.
Defeat wins of some teams in this round of tournaments can lead many teams to 14 or 16 points, and a better run pace will determine playoff places. Keeping this in mind, it is important for KKR to win by a large margin.
The task against Chennai (CSK) will not be easy for KKR. Chennai (CSK) defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by eight wickets in their previous match. KKR’s batting order is a matter of concern for Eoin Morgan and he hopes that now that the team is in dire need, former captain Dinesh Karthik will be able to give his best. The performance of Nitish Rana has also been fluctuating. There is also a lack of consistency in the performance of the rest of his batsmen.
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The bowlers have played a good role for KKR so far. Tamil Nadu mystery spinner Varun Chakraborty has been impressive and he has also got a place in the Indian T20 team due to his good performance. KKR bowlers will have to avoid any slop in front of the Chennai batsmen.
Chennai (CSK) batsmen too have not been able to consistently perform the same but when it is their day they can throw any kind of attack. Chennai batsmen will have to overcome the challenge of diversified attack in front of Chennai (CSK), who are out of the playoff race for the first time.
The bowling of Chennai (CSK) has gained strength after Mitchell Santer was included in the playing XI. A win over RCB would have boosted the morale of Chennai players. Young Ruturaj Gaikwad played a brilliant innings in the last match and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (MS Dhoni) will be expecting this form from him. His other batsmen will also now focus on playing big innings after being free.
Chennai Super Kings
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wicketkeeper and captain), N.K. Jagadeeshan, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Karan, Mitchell Santran, Deepak Chahar, Monu Kumar, Imran Tahir
Kolkata Knight Riders
Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Dinesh Karthik (wicketkeeper), Eoin Morgan (captain), Sunil Naren, Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagerkoti, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakraborty, Famous Krishna