CSK vs KKR
April 09, 8.00PM IST
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Both CSK and KKR are the in-form teams in IPL 2019, standing on eight points with four wins from five games. While KKR’s only loss came in a Super Over against Delhi, CSK lost to Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium. The track at Chepauk has assisted the spinners, keeping low and slow, and with both sides having experienced slower bowlers, a tight game can be expected.
However, CSK have a better record against KKR at home – winning seven of the last nine games against them at Chepauk. KKR’s spinners have not yet fared as per expectations either, which could give a slight advantage to the home side. However, their top-order needs to fire.
Both KKR and CSK have not been the biggest supporters of chopping and changing their team frequently. KKR have only made two changes in five games, and with Harry Gurney playing well last time against RR, they should stick to the same side. CSK too are unlikely to make changes.
CSK Predicted 11
Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (c/wk), Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Scott Kuggeleijn, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir
KKR Predicted 11
Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c/wk), Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Harry Gurney, Prasidh Krishna
MS Dhoni has been preferred over Karthik, as CSK’s top-order has been struggling, and he could get more chances to bat if there is an encore. Rayudu has not been in the best of forms, while Watson and Raina have been inconsistent. On the other hand, KKR’s top-order with Lynn, Narine, Uthappa, and Rana has been more consistent. Also, KKR has frequently changed their batting order, with Karthik sometimes sending Gill above him, and this reduces his chances of facing many deliveries and subsequently getting a big score.
Suresh Raina and Kedar are my two batters from CSK. Raina has done well against the spinners and has a good record overall at Chepauk in the IPL, while Jadhav has been the go-to player for CSK this year. He has held one end up when the responsibility of taking his team from the abyss has fallen on him, and a similar performance will be expected from him. Uthappa and Rana are good players of spin and will be expected to pitch in with a solid showing.
Ravindra Jadeja can be a game-changer with the ball, while Russell’s presence needs no explanation. Sunil Narine opens the batting for KKR, and his cameos are important for the team’s overall performance. He has not yet found his rhythm with the ball but should have a field day in helpful conditions.
\Imran Tahir is a must-pick, considering his recent performances, while Deepak Chahar has been an important member in the Powerplay overs. With Lynn struggling for fluency, Chahar could be the player to watch out for. Kuldeep Yadav has not yet made an impact, but, like Narine, will want to find his rhythm on a helpful wicket.
Captain and Vice-captain: Andre Russell, Narine