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Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders :Match Preview IPL 2018

Can Kolkata Knight Riders repeat their winning opening performance against Chennai?
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Having pulled off a victory from an almost impossible scenario, a high on confidence Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will take on the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), who themselves have gotten off to a winning start.

CSK’s return script could not have been written any better as Dwayne Bravo turned around a lost cause almost single handedly before it took a one-legged Kedar Jadhav’s efforts to seal the deal for them. As they get ready for their first game at home, one cannot imagine what the noise and expectation levels will be like.

KKR on the other hand came up on top against the Royal Challengers Bangalore thanks to an all-round effort from Sunil Narine. A miserly spell with the ball and a 19 ball 50 has already sent a message across to the teams that he means business as usual this season.

The only cause of concern for CSK will be the fact that Kedar Jadhav could be out for a couple of weeks after he pulled a hamstring against Mumbai. While they do have a domestic replacement in Murali Vijay, they might just opt to get in Faf du Plessis to strengthen the batting and replace Mark Wood, who was expensive in the first game, with Shardul Thakur. They will also have to be wary of Kuldeep Yadav and Narine, given their struggles against Mayank Markrande in their opening fixture.

Kolkata are thin on resources and will desperately be hoping that they do not suffer any setback like the Kedar Jadhav one for Chennai. While they did put up a decent performance in their opening fixture, they can only improve from hereon as the players get comfortable with Dinesh Karthik’s style of captaincy.

KKR have a 3-2 win loss ratio when it comes to the last five times these two teams have met but they will have a difficult time to make it 4-2 given that the Super Kings will be playing at home. There are quality spinners on display from both sides and the generally slow nature of the Chennai wicket ought to favor them. The team that plays spin better on the day could come out victorious!

Probable XI’s

Jadhav’s injury could mean a possible return for Murali Vijay. They could also opt for Faf du Plessis for Mark Wood and have Shardul Thakur come in for the injured Jadhav.

Chennai Super Kings – Shane Watson, Murali Vijay/ Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Mark Wood/ Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir

KKR might not change a winning combination unless they want to replace Vinay Kumar, who was expensive in the opening fixture, with Kamlesh Nagarkoti.

Kolkata Knight Riders - Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Mitchell Johnson, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Vinay Kumar/Kamlesh Nagarkoti

Trivia

  • With his 17 ball 50 the other night, Sunil Narine became the first player to score two fifties for 17 or fewer balls in the history of the IPL
  • Dwayne Bravo became the first player to hit three sixes of Jasprit Bumrah in T20s
Match details

April 10, 2018

20:00 hours IST

MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

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