Kolkata Knight Riders vs Chennai Super Kings Fantasy Cricket Preview

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The Chennai Super Kings will have the opportunity to firm up their position at the top of the VVO IPL 2018 standings when they take on the Kolkata Knight Riders in Match 33.

The Knight Riders, who have four wins and as many losses, have blown hot and cold. In their most recent match though, they clinched two points after defeating Royal Challengers Bangalore in Bengaluru. Heading into this match, KKR have one additional issue to address; the middle-order batsman Nitish Rana appears to be a doubtful starter – after the batsman reported back spasms and retired hurt in the previous match. KKR are limited in the number of options they have, and if Rana hasn’t recovered completely, it could mean the season’s first outing for one of Ishank Jaggi or Apoorv Wankhade.

The Super Kings have looked a complete side, with several individuals making match-winning contributions along the way. The standout feature has been the team’s ability to clinch the key moments and finish off matches. In their most-recent fixture, they blitzed their way to their fourth 200-plus total of the season and then kept their opponents Delhi Daredevils to 15 runs short of what they needed. CSK have few things to worry about, and Dhoni’s decision-making – while hard to assign a logic to – has been magical.

CSK are definitely the more comfortable of the two teams at the moment, and KKR, who are just about in the top four, will want the two points to stay in the top four and create a distance with the teams in the bottom half.

 

When: May 3,  08:00 PM IST

 

Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata

 

Pitch Conditions

The Eden Gardens track is considered as one of the better batting surfaces although spinners tend to come into action as the match wears on. Spinners have enjoyed bowling here in IPL games as well.

 

Venue Stats IPL

Total matches 65
Matches won batting first 24
Matches won bowling first 41
Average 1st Inns scores 155
Average 2nd Inns scores 142
Highest total recorded 204/2 (18.2 Ov) by KXIP vs KKR
Lowest total recorded 49/10 (9.4 Ov) by RCB vs KKR
Highest score chased 204/2 (18.2 Ov) by KXIP vs KKR
Lowest score defended 114/4 (20 Ov) by CSK vs KKR

 

Head to Head

Total Matches Play 17
Won by Kolkata Knight Riders 6
Won by Chennai Super Kings 11
No Result 0

 

Head to Head at Eden Gardens, Kolkata

Total Matches Play 7
Won by Kolkata Knight Riders 3
Won by Chennai Super Kings 4
No Result 0

 

Teams’ Form in their Last Five Matches (most recent first)

Kolkata Knight Riders: W L L W W

Chennai Super Kings:  W L W W W

 

Team News

Kolkata Knight Riders

Nitish Rana, who had to retire hurt in the game against RCB, suffered a lower back spasm.  In case he is unfit, KKR could choose between Ishank Jaggi and Rinku Singh.

Chennai Super Kings

Sam Billings can replace Faf du Plessis

 

SQUAD

Kolkata Knight Riders : Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik, Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Shivam Mavi, Piyush Chawla, Mitchell Johnson, Kuldeep Yadav, Rinku Singh, Tom Curran, Ishank Jaggi, Prasidh Krishna, Vinay Kumar, Apoorv Wankhade, Cameron Delport, Javon Searles

Chennai Super Kings : Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Karn Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Lungi Ngidi, KM Asif, Dhruv Shorey, Murali Vijay, Sam Billings, Imran Tahir, Shardul Thakur, David Willey, Kanishk Seth, Mark Wood, Kshitiz Sharma, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi, N Jagadeesan

 

PROBABLE11

Kolkata Knight Riders

Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana/Rinku Singh, Dinesh Karthik (C & WK), Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Shivam Mavi, Piyush Chawla, Mitchell Johnson, Kuldeep Yadav.

Chennai Super Kings

Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis / Sam Billings , Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (C & WK), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Karn Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Lungi Ngidi, KM Asif

 

KEY PLAYERS

Andre Russell

Sunil Narayan

Robin Uthappa

Ambati Rayudu

Shane Watson

MS Dhoni

 

Player to watch  

Lungi Ngidi

 

Stats that matter

  • Andre Russell can overpower all kinds of bowling. Of particular note in that list is Russell’s Caribbean team-mate Dwayne Bravo. Russell has 216 runs off 102 balls he has faced from Bravo, a strike rate of 211.8 in 17 innings
  • Sunil Narine has had the better of Shane Watson, Super Kings’ gun batsman. In 13 T20 innings he has bowled against the Australian, Narine has got Watson six times
  • Robin Uthappa needs 23 runs to register 4000 runs in the IPL. Uthappa also needs nine runs to register 1000 runs at Eden Gardens in the IPL
  • Piyush Chawla needs two wickets to register 50 wickets for KKR in the IPL. He will become the first player in IPL history to pick up 50-plus wickets for multiple teams. Chawla previously took 84 wickets for Kings XI Punjab
  • This IPL, Chris Lynn has been defensive against left-arm spinners: in four innings so far, out of 27 deliveries he has faced against them, he has got 25 runs at a strike rate of 92.6 with a dot ball percentage of 44.4, and has been out twice
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