We move to Chepauk for our next match where the Chennai Super Kings take on the Kolkata Knight Riders on 9th of April. Chepauk has been favouring the spinners so far which has been one of the main reasons that CSK is still unbeaten at home as they have a lot of quality spinners in their side.
Knight Riders are coming off a convincing win in their previous match over Rajasthan Royals and will be high on confidence, whereas CSK also defeated KXIP at this same venue.
Both the teams are currently the top two teams on the points table, and this match will be a crucial one as it will take one of the team to the top of the table.
Chennai Super Kings
CSK has outplayed every opposition they have faced in Chepauk which is proof of the fact that MS Dhoni and Co. know how to capitalise on their home conditions. In their previous game, CSK bowlers defended a decent score of 160 against the powerful batting lineup of KXIP which will boost their confidence further up coming into this game.
With the addition of Faf du Plessis into the playing XI, CSK batting lineup has been strengthened. He scored 54 in his first game of this season and should open again for CSK in the next match.
Both the front-line spinners Harbhajan Singh and Imran Tahir have been exceptional at Chepauk, and Dhoni exactly knows when to use these bowlers.
Probable XI for CSK
Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Scott Kuggeleijn, Mohit Sharma, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh.
Kolkata Knight Riders
KKR’s top order looks even more dangerous with their openers coming back into form. Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine had an opening stand of 91 in the previous match. CSK bowlers will have to get rid of these both early in the innings.
Seeing the pitch at Chepauk, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, and Sunil Narine will play an important role in tomorrow’s match.
Probable XI for KKR
Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Harry Gurney.
Dream XI Predictions
- Wicket-keeper: MS Dhoni
- Batsmen: Faf du Plessis, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Suresh Raina
- All-Rounder: Sunil Narine, Ravinder Jadeja, Andre Russell
- Bowlers: Harbhajan Singh, Kuldeep Yadav, Deepak Chahar
Chepauk has favoured the spinners, and the same is expected tomorrow. Both the sides have some quality spinners and also batsmen who can well spin well. It would be an average scoring match with CSK having the edge at their home ground.
CSK to beat KKR