Dream XI Team KKR vs CSK IPL 2019 – Cricket Predictions Tips For Todays IPL Match Kolkata vs Chennai at Eden Gardens, Kolkata: In the backdrop of MS Dhoni’s on-field argument with umpires, Chennai Super Kings will start as overwhelming favourites when they take on Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata on Sunday. Chennai captain Dhoni was fined 50 percent of his match fee for an unprecedented confrontation with the umpires during their encounter against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur on Thursday. CSK win the toss, opt to bowl. CSK remain unchanged. Three changes for Kolkata Knight Riders.
Former cricketers came down heavily on India’s two-time World Cup-winning captain, saying Dhoni’s act set a wrong precedent. Chennai went on to win the match, their sixth victory in seven outings as they gunned down a modest 152 run target in a dramatic final over.
A sharp departure from his ‘captain cool’ image, it remains to be seen whether the first-of-its-kind incident in Dhoni’s career ruffles his feathers or not. Sitting pretty at the top of the table, Chennai have so far ticked all the boxes with every passing game. Dhoni has led the team from the front, racking up 214 runs in five innings at an average of 107.
The 37-year-old has looked like his vintage best, finishing off ties for the side and hitting those trademark sixes to roll back the years. Dhoni is also the team’s highest run getter. Chennai have been playing as a unit with the likes of Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Shane Watson and Kedar Jadhav all coming good in some matches or the other.
Coming to the hosts, KKR have lost two games in a row now, and there are chinks in the armour which skipper Dinesh Karthik needs to fix as soon as possible. In their first meeting, KKR were swept aside by Chennai and another defeat on Sunday would not help their cause as other teams are fast catching up on the second spot.
KKR have injury and sickness issues too with Chris Lynn and Karthik suffering from flu, Sunil Narine injured and Andre Russell also picking up a niggle. Russell has been the team’s go-to man and his possible absence might hurt the home team big.
KKR lost to Delhi Capitals on Friday night with Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant making short work of their bowlers. One good sign is Shubman Gill hitting form after he was asked to open the batting. Now it remains to be seen whether the 19-year-old is given another shot at his favoured position or not with the team having plenty of them to stake a claim.
CRICKET SCORE KKR vs CSK, MATCH 29 in IPL
Chennai Super Kings (162/5 n 19.4 overs) beat Kolkata Kolkata Knight Riders (161/8) by 5 wickets at Eden Gardens.
TOSS – CSK won the toss, opt to bowl. CSK remain unchanged. Three changes for Kolkata Knight Riders.
Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI): Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Harry Gurney
Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni(w/c), Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Santner, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir
Time: 4PM IST
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Dream XI Predictions:
Wicketkeeping: It will be a tricky choice to pick between the two stalwart keepers – MS Dhoni or Dinesh Karthik. But keeping in-form Dhoni in mind, it will be too hard to resist the temptation of including him in your fantasy XI. Also, Dhoni’s batting form and his ability to guide his bowlers from behind the wicket makes him a valuable asset for the side.
Batting: Both Kolkata and Chennai boast of some of the biggest names of world cricket ranging from – Chris Lynn, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, Shubman Gill, Nitsh Rana, Robin Uthappa and Dinesh Karthik. As the Eden track is known to assist the batters a little more – it would be ideal to pick batsmen who can dominate from the word go.
Bowling: Keeping the nature of Kolkata strip in mind, the role of Deepak Chahar, Prasidh Krishna, Kuldeep Yadav, Sunil Narine and Ravindra Jadeja become very crucial for their respective sides.
All-Rounder – It’s a no-brainer keeping in mind the smashing all-rround abilities of Andre Russell in mind, no individual will even dare to drop him from his/her fantasy XI. If Russell doesn’t recover from a niggle, he can be replaced with Jadeja or Carlos Brathwaite in the fantasy XI.
My Dream XI Team
Shane Watson, Chris Lynn, Suresh Raina, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, MS Dhoni (C), Andre Russell/Carlos Brathwaite, Deepak Chahar, Prasidh Krishna, Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav.
KKR Probable XI: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (C/wk), Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Harry Gurney, Prasidh Krishna, Kuldeep Yadav
CSK Probable XI: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (C/wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Scott Kuggeleijn, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (C/wk), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Joe Denly, Lockie Ferguson, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Harry Gurnley, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Nitish Rana, Sandeep Warrier, K.C. Cariappa, Shubman Gill, Rinku Singh, Shrikant Mundhe, Nikhil Naik, Anrich Nortje, Prithvi Raj, Prasidh Krishna.
Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (C/wk), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Murali Vijay, Kedar Jadhav, Sam Billings, Ravindra Jadeja, Dhruv Shorey, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Rituraj Gaikwad, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Mohit Sharma, K.M. Asif, Deepak Chahar, N. Jagadeesan (wk), Scott Kuggeleign
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