After a very dominant win by CSK over KL Rahul's KXIP, the men in yellow will be looking to add two more points in their total when they face off against KKR on 7th October at Abu Dhabi who are also looking to get back into their winning tracks after a tough loss against Delhi's Boys. CSK after losing 3 straight games of the opening 4, came back harder and stronger in their last match against KXIP, and we know what can happen when these boys are striking hot.
Head to Head:
In their last 22 outings, CSK had the upper hand over KKR in 14 of those. KKR has managed to win only 8 of their 22 games against CSK, wherein all of the 8 had come while batting second.
If the toss goes in favor of Dinesh Kartik, he will most probably look to chase down the target as we have already seen their record against CSK while batting second. We can expect a high scoring match as both teams are flourishing in their batting department. Faf Du Plessis, who is the key to CSK's batting lineup after the missing out of Ambati Rayudu and is showing his class and experience as he has already scored 282 runs in his 5 matches and currently stands at number 2 position for the Orange Cap after KL Rahul.
Player to watch:
Player to watch out for this match will be Shubman Gill as he has proved why he is such a hot topic among India's emerging players and will play a crucial role for his team while playing against CSK's spin duo of Piyush Chawla and Ravindra Jadeja. He has scored 152 runs in his 4 outings for KKR, averaging about 40 runs and is the only KKR batsman in the top 12 contenders for Orange Cap this year. It will be very delightful to see him play in the middle overs when CSK tends to dominate the game with the spins. If Shubman Gill laid a solid foundation in this match, we could hopefully see "The Russell Finish" to this game, which every cricket fan is waiting for.
CSK is known to trust and back their players for a long haul, and therefore they would be sticking to their winning team, and that's why probably no changes would be made in their playing 11.
On the other hand, we might see some changes in the starting lineup of KKR, keeping in mind their players' previous performances.
Kolkata Knight Riders:
Shubman Gill, Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Eoin Morgan, Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy, Sandeep Warrier, Rahul Tripathi, Siddhesh Lad, Nikhil Naik, Chris Green, Prasidh Krishna, Lockie Ferguson, Rinku Singh, Ali Khan, Tom Banton, Manimaran Siddharth
Chennai Super Kings:
Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Faf du Plessis, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, Piyush Chawla, Deepak Chahar, Murali Vijay, Karn Sharma, Josh Hazlewood, Imran Tahir, Lungi Ngidi, Monu Kumar, Mitchell Santner, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, N Jagadeesan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, KM Asif
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Shiekh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
7:30 pm IST