After an exciting turn of events and matches in the ongoing Indian Premier League 2021, we have yet another doubleheader which is scheduled to take place this Wednesday. The first match of the doubleheader is scheduled to take place between the Punjab Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad followed by the Kolkata Knight Riders locking horns with the Chennai Super Kings, which is of interest in this article.
KKR have not had the best of starts to their campaign as they have been on the receiving end on two occasions out of three and find themselves placed at a tricky fifth position in the table. Chennai Super Kings on the other hand after being beaten by the spirited Delhi Capitals in their opening game have managed to bounce back strongly, winning both their matches against Punjab Kings and Rajasthan Royals rather convincingly.
Can Eoin Morgan and Co. finally stitch together a victory as a team? Or will the second most successful team in the IPL be able to register a hat-trick of victories?
Match Toss Time: 19:00 Local (13:30 GMT)
Match Start Time: 19:30 Local (14:00 GMT)
Match Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Head to Head
Matches Played: 23, CSK: 14, KKR: 8, N/R: 1
The conditions are once again ideal for the sport as clear skies are expected throughout the course of the day and no chance of rain whatsoever. The temperature is forecasted to be hovering in 32-29 degrees Celsius and the humidity at the peak is likely to touch the 63 percent mark.
The conditions at the Wankhede Stadium are ideal for batting and we expect the same for this encounter. Chasing has been the way to go at this venue and out of the 6 occasions, we have seen the chasing team come out on top on 4 occasions. We might be looking at an aggregate of around the 360 runs range and the dew factor is likely to play a vital role in this encounter.
The Kolkata side have always trusted their regular playing combination and have not believed in the concept of rotating their players. Though with Shakib Al Hasan struggling to contribute with both the bat and ball, the KKR management would be looking to replace him with the mystery bowler-Sunil Narine, who has been kept out of the playing Xl so far this season.
Chennai Super Kings too follow the KKR way as making changes to their playing Xl has never been the modus operandi for the Men in Yellow and with two wins in the last two matches and positioned strongly in the No.2 position in the table, we expect the same playing Xl to take the field.
Probable Playing Xl
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR): Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Shakib Al Hasan/ Sunil Narine, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Harbhajan Singh, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy
Chennai Super Kings (CSK): Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Sam Curran, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar
Faf du Plessis just about started to get going before mistiming a delivery straight to the hands of the sweeper cover. He is definitely someone to have in your fantasy lineup. Along with the proteas, the English all-rounder Moeen Ali has been doing a wonderful job in both departments. Nitish Rana and Andre Russell could also bring you great value.
KKR vs CSK Fantasy Team
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