The teams of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), who were eliminated from the play-off race on Thursday in the 49th match of the 13th season of IPL, will face each other.
IPL: CSK to spoil KKR’s ‘game’, Kolkata should win big
The teams of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), who were eliminated from the play-off race on Thursday in the 49th match of the 13th season of IPL, will face each other. This match in Dubai will start at 7.30 pm Indian time.
Chennai team will now try to spoil the equation of the rest of the teams and in this their first target will be the team of Kolkata Knight Riders desperate for victory.
KKR have 12 points from 12 matches and will have to win the next two matches to secure a place in the play-offs. Chennai is in the last place in the table of 8 teams and their team will now take the field for the sake of prestige.
The defeat of some teams in this round of the tournament can lead to many teams reaching 14 or 16 points and in such a situation the play-offs will be determined with better run speed. Keeping this in mind, it is important for KKR to win by a big margin.
The task against Chennai will not be easy for KKR. Chennai defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by 8 wickets in their last match. KKR’s batting line-up is a matter of concern for Eoin Morgan and he hopes that now that the team is in dire need then former captain Dinesh Karthik will be able to give his best.
Nitish Rana’s performance has also been volatile. There is also a lack of consistency in the performance of the rest of his batsmen. The bowlers have played a good role for KKR so far.
Tamil Nadu mystery spinner Varun Chakraborty has been impressive and he has also got a place in the Indian T20 team due to his good performance.
after the inclusion of Mitchell Santner in the playing XI. A win over RCB would have boosted the morale of Chennai players, the young Rituraj Gaikwad played a brilliant innings in the last match and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni would be expecting the same form from him. His other batsmen too will now focus on playing big innings after being free.
The teams are as follows –
Chennai Super Kings
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Murali Vijay, Ambati Rayudu, Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Lungi Nagidi, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Imran Tahir, Mitchell Santner, Josh Hazlewood, Shardul Thakur, Sam Curren, N. Jagadeeshan, KM Asif, Monu Kumar, R Sai Kishore, Rituraj Gaikwad, Karn Sharma.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Eoin Morgan (captain), Dinesh Karthik (wicketkeeper), Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Rinku Singh, Shubman Gill, Siddhesh Lad, Kamlesh Nagerkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Loki Ferguson, Pat Cummins, Famous Krishna, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakraborty , Andre Russell, Chris Green, M Siddharth, Sunil Narine, Nikhil Naik, Tom Benton, Tim Seifert