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CSK vs KKR IPL 2021 Preview: 26th Sept - Kolkata upswing meets Chennai hurdle

Sunil Narine and Eoin Morgan
Sunil Narine and Eoin Morgan
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CSK are on track for a top two finish in the league stage of IPL 2021.

LIVE SCORES - Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Match 38



Smooth sailing for CSK

Chennai Super Kings did look a bit jittery as they kicked off their encounter against Mumbai Indians, losing 4 wickets within the powerplay. However, the team has pulled back things beautifully.

Not only did they win that much by 20 runs but were clinical in their second match of phase 2 of IPL 2021 against Royal Challengers Bangalore, putting in an all-round performance.

Led by Dwayne Bravo, the Chennai bowlers did a brilliant job of pulling back the RCB total to 156/6 after they were 111 for no loss at one point. Shardul Thakur also made a good contribution, picking up two wickets from his 4 ovets while conceding 29 runs which is a lot better than his expensive spells in the first phase of IPL 2021.

Ruturaj Gaikwad is looking a class apart in the CSK lineup. He found the support of Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali and Ambati Rayudu in the match against RCB before the old guard of Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni finished things off with a few lusty blows.

All-round Bravo keeping Curran out

With Dwayne Bravo making contributions with both bat and ball, Sam Curran, who is out of quarantine, may have to wait for a few more matches before getting a look in.

Josh Hazlewood did well in the first game but was ineffective in the second one and that might open the possibility of a change in the CSK line up. Either Lungi Ngidi or Sam Curran might get in.

But, knowing Dhoni, he will give Hazlewood a couple of more matches before making a change. In either case CSK are on track for a top two finish in the league stage of IPL 2021.

 KKR a much improved unit

CSK though will have to put in another clinical performance to get the better of Kolkata Knight Riders who are looking a much improved side in the second phase of IPL 2021.

Perhaps, a change in venue, and a few personnel was just what they required.

An Iyer encore?

The team registered a comprehensive seven wicket victory against Mumbai in their last match with Lockie Ferguson, Prasidh Krishna, Sunil Narine and Varun Chakravarthy impressing with the ball.

Their top 3 of Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer and Rahul Tripathi are also beginning to look settled. Skipper Eoin Morgan will expect an encore from them against Chennai. 

Predicted playing XIs

Chennai Super Kings
- Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood

Kolkata Knight Riders - Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna

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