Cricket Betting Tips and Fantasy Predictions: Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 - Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders, 1st Match: 26th March
The Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders, 1st Match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 will be played at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai in India.
CSK emerged victorious last year on the back of a brilliant knock from Faf du Plessis and some tight bowling from Josh Hazlewood, Shardul Thakur and Ravindra Jadeja.
Chennai are one of the few and perhaps the only team who have managed to preserve their core which worked wonders for them in the 2018-21 cycle. They have been successful in buying back almost all the players who delivered for them in the past apart from Shardul Thakur, Suresh Raina and Faf du Plessis.
MS Dhoni will bat at number 5 or 6 and will continue to keep wickets. Newly-appointed captain Ravindra Jadeja was Chennai's first retention and has come a long way as a finisher.
They've also got Shivam Dube who wasn't able to perform well for Rajasthan last year and for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the previous year but will perhaps be CSK's last pick in the XI. Even if he can hit a couple of lusty blows or bowl one tidy over, he would have done his job.
Kolkata Knight Riders were not left with much in their purse after splurging 12.25 crore and 8 crore for Shreyas Iyer and Nitish Rana respectively. It was a blessing that they got Pat Cummins for half his price from last year.
KKR ultimately succeeded in making the most of the tight budget, buying utility players like Alex Hales, Sam Billings, Tim Southee and Umesh Yadav to round off their squad.
Alex Hales later pulled out of the IPL due to bubble fatigue after which KKR roped in Australia's white-ball captain Aaron Finch.
Chennai Super Kings - MS Dhoni (wk), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubhransh Senapati, Hari Nishanth, Moeen Ali, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja (C), Dwaine Pretorius, Bhagath Verma, Mitchell Santner, Robin Uthappa, Devon Conway, N Jagadeesan, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif, Tushar Deshpande, Maheesh Theekshana, Simranjeet Singh, Chris Jordan, Adam Milne, Mukesh Choudhary, Prashant Solanki, Rajvardhan Hangargekar
Kolkata Knight Riders - Shreyas Iyer (C), Baba Indirajith, Aman Hakim Khan, Pratham Singh, Ajinkya Rahane, Ramesh Kumar, Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Aaron Finch, Abhijeet Tomar, Venkatesh Iyer, Anukul Roy, Mohammad Nabi, Shivam Mavi, Sam Billings (wk), Sheldon Jackson (wk), Ashok Sharma, Pat Cummins, Chamika Karunaratene, Sunil Narine, Rashik Salam, Varun Chakravarthy, Umesh Yadav
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? - Kolkata Knight Riders
Who will win? – Kolkata Knight Riders
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Shreyas Iyer (Kolkata Knight Riders), Devon Conway (Chennai Super Kings)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Varun Chakravarthy (Kolkata Knight Riders), Adam Milne (Chennai Super Kings)
Most Sixes – Andre Russell (Kolkata Knight Riders), Ravindra Jadeja (Chennai Super Kings)
Man of the Match – Shreyas Iyer
Team Scores Batting first – Kolkata Knight Riders 180+, Chennai Super Kings 175+
Match Handicap Kolkata Knight Riders
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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.
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