With Dwayne Bravo’s heroics, Chennai missed a scare by 1 wicket. With 166 to be made against Mumbai in inaugural match, CSK started poorly. Losing 4 wickets very early. Dwayne Bravo made 68 in just 30 balls, with seven sixes, along with Kedar Jadhav’s 24 were the saving grace for them. In bowling department Deepak Chahar started really well for them. Shane Watson took 2, and Dwayne Bravo again bowled really well in the death.
Against RCB, KKR won the toss and chose to bowl at the home turf, and succeeded. Even with McCullum and Ab De firing up, Nitish Rana, along with Johnson, Chawla, Narine bowled well. Vinay Kumar and Rana, though expensive, took 2 wickets each. While batting, again Narine and Nitish Rana were the stars, Narine scoring yet another 50 in 19 balls
The home crowd will be up for it, having already sold out the tickets a week before the match. The winner of the match will be incentivised with a spot at the top of the table.
Head To Head:
Total matches – 18
Chennai Super Kings – 11 wins (61%)
Kolkata Knight Riders – 7 wins (39%)
Chennai Super Kings – W
Kolkata Knight Riders – W
Last Match’s Playing XI and possible changes:
Chennai Super Kings
Shane Watson, Ambati Rayadu, Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Mark Wood, Imran Tahir
Possible changes: Lungi Ngidi for Mark Wood, as the Englishman conceded 49 runs in 4 overs against Mumbai Indians.
Dhruv Shorey in for the injured Kedar Jadhav. Shorey could open in place of Rayudu, who will replace Jadhav in the middle-order.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Vinay Kumar, Piyush Chawla, Mitchell Johnson, Kuldeep Yadav
Possible changes: None. Expect Dinesh Karthik to name an unchanged side.
CSK vs KKR Probable Playing XI :
Kolkata Knight Riders :
Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c&wk), Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Vinay Kumar, Piyush Chawla, Mitchell Johnson, Kuldeep Yadav
Chennai Super Kings :
Shane Watson, Murali Vijay, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (c&wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh/Karn Sharma, Lungi Ngidi/Mark Wood, Imran Tahir
Top point scorers:
Chennai Super Kings
Dwayne Bravo (48.5 points) – The West Indian all-rounder was electric with the bat and carried CSK to a win against Mumbai Indians. He smashed 7 sixes and 3 fours in his match-winning 30-ball-68 knock.
Shane Watson (31.5 points) – He got the big fish – Rohit Sharma – early at the Wankhede Stadium and helped restrict Mumbai to 165. Although he could only score 16 runs with the bat, he returned with bowling figures of 2/29 in his allotted 4 overs.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Sunil Narine (48 points) – With 50 runs in just 19 balls, Sunil Narine not only emerged as the top scorer at the Eden Gardens but also set the platform for a famous KKR win against RCB. Prior to his blitzkrieg, he got the wicket of the dangerous Brendon McCullum in the first innings.
Nitish Rana (42 points) – What a match Nitish Rana had! By picking up the 2 key wickets of Virat Kohli and ABD in the same over, and then scoring a breezy 34 runs, Rana’s points tally for the first match was 42.
Player to avoid:
Sam Billings (CSK) @ 8 credits
Player to Pick : Harbhajan Singh.
Sunil Narine: The Trinidadian proved in KKR opening’s encounter why the franchise decided to retain him. Not only did he put the brakes early on in RCB innings by scalping an on-song Brendon McCullum, his quickfire 50 off 19 balls laid down the foundation for KKR
Rinku Singh: Playing his first ever IPL match, Rinku Singh was seemingly assigned the role of a finisher for KKR as was evident from his wild swinging of the bat against Bangalore. While he didn’t make a huge mark, the uncapped player from UP should get another crack at things.
Best Suggestions for dream11
- In Bowlers Deepak Chahar and Imran Tahir are also good. Try Lungi Ngidi in Grand Leagues.
- Captain and Vice-captain choices are Shane Watson, Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Andre Russell and Robin Uthappa.