In-form Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will take on table-toppers Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the highly-anticipated battle during Indian Premier League (IPL) at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium on Tuesday. While CSK have been at the top of their game at home, KKR are sitting at the top of the points table with four wins from five games. Although both the teams are equal on points — eight apiece — KKR have a better net run-rate of +1.058 over CSK’s +0.159. We are only 45 minutes away from the toss.
IPL 2019 CSK will go into the match with a lot of confidence as they defended a modest 160 in their last home fixture against Kings XI Punjab after the visitors looked like running away with the game at one point of time.
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In the end, it was captain cool Mahendra Singh Dhoni who showed great leadership skills to pull things back in favour of the defending champions.
KKR go into the match after another clinical finish, as they walloped Rajasthan Royals by eight wickets in a one-sided contest. They first restricted Royals to 139/3 before chasing down the target in just 14 overs with Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine giving their team a flying start.
KKR’s ability to shine on the slow Jaipur wicket will stand them in good stead when they take on CSK on what will again be a wicket on the slower side, as has been the case with the Chepauk tracks from the start of the tournament.
Time: 8:00 IST
Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
TOSS – MS Dhoni wins toss as Chennai Super Kings opt to field against Kolkata Knight Riders at Chepauk.
Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI): Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (wk/C), Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Harry Gurney, Prasidh Krishna
Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (wk/C), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Scott Kuggeleijn, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir
My Dream11 Team Predictions:
Wicketkeeping: It will be a tricky choice to pick between in-form MS Dhoni and highly spirited Dinesh Karthik. But basis on the current form, picking up Dhoni in your team will be a safer option considering his batting exploits and keeping skills.
Batting: Both Chennai and Kolkata boast of some of the biggest names of world cricket ranging from – Shane Watson, Andre Russell, Faf du Plessis Suresh Raina, Chris Lynn, MS Dhoni, or Robin Uthappa. As the Chepauk track is known to assist spinners and slow bowlers – it would be ideal to pick batsmen, who are good players of spin. Watson, Uthappa, Rayudu, Raina, Nitish Rana.
Bowling: Keeping the nature of MA Chidambaram strip in mind, the role of Sunil Narine, Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh become very crucial for their respective sides. Along with the experienced spin trio, Deepak Chahar can be picked as the lone pacer of the pack.
All-Rounder – It’s a no-brainer for sure as keeping in mind Andre Russell’s form, no individual will even dare to drop him from his fantasy XI.
Today Dream11 Team Best Pick
Shane Watson, Robin Uthappa, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Nitish Rana, MS Dhoni (wk/C), Andre Russell, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Sunil Narine and Deepak Chahar.
CSK Probable XI: Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (C, wk), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Scott Kuggeleijn, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir.
KKR Probable XI: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (C, wk), Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Harry Gurney, Prasidh Krishna.
However, Ambati Rayudu might get dropped from the playing XI considering his ordinary run of form in the yellow jersey.
Chennai Super Kings (From): Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (wk/C), Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Scott Kuggeleijn, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Murali Vijay, Sam Billings, Dhruv Shorey, N Jagadeesan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Dwayne Bravo, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Karn Sharma, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Mohit Sharma, KM Asif, Monu Kumar
Kolkata Knight Riders (From): Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(wk/C), Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Harry Gurney, Prasidh Krishna, Rinku Singh, Nikhil Naik, Joe Denly, Shrikant Mundhe, Carlos Brathwaite, Sandeep Warrier, Lockie Ferguson, Yarra Prithviraj, KC Cariappa.
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