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IPL 33rd Match Preview: Kolkata Knight Riders v Chennai Super Kings

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Two famous T20 franchises. Multiple IPL titles between them, and a thriller already in IPL 2018. I expect another thriller tonight.

Chennai Super Kings travel to Kolkata, with the Kolkata Knight Riders looking for revenge after failing to defend 200+ in their previous meeting with CSK, thanks mainly to Sam Billings’ incredible knock.

A great opportunity awaits KKR in terms of creating some breathing space between them and those behind them challenging for a playoffs spot. Like CSK, they have some concerns with their cricket in the death overs, but with Chris Lynn and the rest of the top order showing form, there is quite a bit to be encouraged about. Can they create a four point gap between them and RCB?

CSK’s batting continues to amaze, and puts them right in with a chance of lifting the IPL title on their return to the competition. Ambati Rayudu has been in amazing form, and MS Dhoni has re-discovered his finishing touch when many have doubted him. However, CSK’s bowling still needs improvement, and one wonders just how far they can go in the tournament if they continue to bowl the way they are.

Key to a Kolkata Knight Riders win

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The last time KKR played CSK, they were 89/5 after 10 overs, before Andre Russell launched an incredible assault. To go one better and win this time, KKR need a fast start from their top order, as well as wickets in hand to try and better their run rate of 9.91 in the death overs (16-20).

Also, KKR must reign in CSK’s batsmen, who have the best run rate in the middle (8.54) and death overs (12.64). Regular wickets are key – can Mitchell Johnson (if picked ahead of Tom Curran) and Sunil Narine improve on recent performances, in conjunction with the likes of Kuldeep Yadav, Shivam Mavi and Piyush Chawla?

Key to a Chennai Super Kings win

CSK leak runs at 11.42 an over at the death, and if they bowl poorly to the likes of Andre Russell, their chances of victory will shorten significantly.
CSK have what it takes to beat KKR with their batting, with the likes of Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu and MS Dhoni in amazing touch. However, teams will fancy their chances of beating CSK because they can score runs against them, so if CSK’s bowlers get it right, especially in the powerplay and at the death, they are a great chance of going outright top of the league.

Possible teams

Kolkata Knight Riders XI: 1. Chris Lynn, 2. Sunil Narine, 3. Robin Uthappa, 4. Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), 5. Nitesh Rana, 6. Andre Russell, 7. Shubman Gill, 8. Piyush Chawla, 9. Kuldeep Yadav, 10. Shivam Mavi, 11. Tom Curran
Chennai Super Kings XI: 1. Shane Watson, 2. Faf du Plessis, 3. Suresh Raina, 4. Ambati Rayudu, 5. MS Dhoni (c & wk), 6. Ravindnra Jadeja, 7. Dwayne Bravo, 8. Karn Sharma, 9. Harbhajan Singh, 10. Shardul Thakur, 11. Lungi Ngidi

Stats & Facts:

  • Head-to-Head: Matches: 17, KKR 6, CSK 11. CSK won the previous encounter in IPL 2018, a thrilling 200 v 200 battle.
  • Issue for KKR: In the last four matches, the opening partnerships against them have been 54, 116, 59 and 67.
  • Ambati Rayudu needs six runs to overtake Rishabh Pant as IPL 2018 leading run scorer.
  • MS Dhoni in IPL 2018: 286 runs, avg. 71.50, SR 169.23. Who said he was finished?
  • Sunil Narine in last four matches: one wicket, econ. rate 10.3, avg. 144.

Prediction

We could be in for another high scoring clash. In a match like this, CSK seem to have more players in top form than KKR, and could hold them in great stead. CSK to win and go outright top of the table.
Charbel Coorey
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Charbel is the owner & founder of cricblog.net, based in Sydney, Australia. He started the website to fulfill his love for the game of cricket. Charbel has also been featured on other publications including OP India, Times of India, and The Roar, among others. For any story tips or questions, you can contact Charbel at charbelcoorey@cricblog.net.

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