KKR vs CSK
April 14, 4.00PM IST
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
The two teams are coming off contrasting results – while CSK have won their last two games, KKR have slipped and lost to CSK earlier at Chepauk and then failed to tame Delhi at home. With seven games down, and at least four more wins needed to get into the top-four, Karthik’s men will be eager to get back on track before it gets too late.
Chennai, on the other hand, have a well-balanced team that has been adapting well and pitching in with consistent performances. However, they have tended to struggle on tracks that are not as slow as the one at Chepauk, which could prove to be a dampener at Edens, where the track has eased out, and scores above 180 are easily chased down. As far as the playing 11 goes, KKR might opt for at least two changes, with Lockie Ferguson being replaced by Matt Kelly – injured Nortje’s replacement – and Narine to come in for Denly, if fit. The camp wight also mull over replacing Prasidh Krishna with Yarra. CSK might remain unchanged.
KKR Predicted 11
Denly/Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana, Robin Uthappa, Dinesh Karthik, Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Matt Kelly/Harry Gurney, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna/ Yarra Prithviraj, Braithwaite
CSK Predicted 11
Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Santner, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir
MS Dhoni averages close to 66 against KKR, and with Karthik’s batting position uncertain, the former India skipper is a safer bet as the keeper. He is also in good form, scoring two fifties in this tournament thus far, and could have a massive role to play.
I have as many as five batters in my team, as the track will help the batsmen, and one of them can be expected to get a big score. Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis are the two key overseas players in the side, who have been performing well, while KKR have relied on their three Indian batters at the top. Uthappa and Rana have been getting starts and would want to carry on and get a big one here, while Gill opened the innings against Delhi and showed his mettle with a fine fifty. The management might send him up the order yet again in the absence of Lynn, and he would want to perform well against a good attack.
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Sunil Narine – if fit – and Russell takes up the all-rounder’s slot. Narine has been a revelation at the top of the order, and the Eden track will assist his stroke-making as well. He had slipped after remodeling his bowling action but picked up a couple of wickets against CSK, and he can be counted upon in the powerplay and the middle overs.
Imran Tahir has been the best bowler for CSK, while Chahar has been the X-factor upfront. Piyush Chawla rounds up my Dream11 team, though Kuldeep Yadav can be a good pick instead of him as well.
Captain and Vice-captain: Russell, Narine