As the race for the last playoffs berth is heating up, one team — Chennai Super Kings, would be pretty relaxed entering into the match against two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders on Thursday, in Dubai. After a horrific campaign, CSK are already out of the tournament and would just play to salvage pride. On the other hand Kolkata — with just two matches left, are on 12 points and are on fifth spot in the points table just behind Punjab, and would like to win big here.
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Previous Games Of CSK
Chennai, in their last match registered a thumping wight-wicket victory against Royal Challengers Bangalore and youngsters like Deepak Chahar and Ruturaj Gaikwad came to the fore. Their investment in the youngsters finally paid off and they would like to continue with their form, that they have gotten into, only in the later stages of the tournament.
They are a side capable of spoiling the campaign for Kolkata, who are struggling with their own issues galore. Batting has been their biggest struggle, while bowlers too have shone only in patches. While Shubman Gill has scored runs, his strike rate has been questionable. The likes of Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan and Dinesh Karthik too have been inconsistent. Someone from these three will have to take up the responsibility.
Speaking of bowling, Varun Chakravarthy has been rewarded for his brilliant performance in the tournament, and been named in the T20I squad for Australia tour. He will be expected to deliver the goods in the middle overs. As for Pat Cummins, as the spearhead of the pack, a lot is still left to be desired. He needs to pick up wickets up front to put pressure on the opposition.
The situation for both the teams is somewhat similar, where senior pros have failed to impress, and the battle will most likely be won from the side whose youngsters perform better on the day.
Kolkata Knight Riders will be up against Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League encounter which is to be held in Dubai.Chennai Super Kings are already out of the race for playoffs and Kolkata Knight Riders are desperate to make a move in the points tally. Let’s take a look at the possible match-ups.
Ambati Rayudu vs Varun Chakravarthy:
Ambati Rayudu has been the second most-successful batter for CSK this IPL and he can hang back, drop his anchor to put oppositions in a lot of trouble. He can be equally good playing spin but Chakravarthy can be wily with his length.
He can also vary his pace and bowl the wrong’ uns to put the batsman in a lot of trouble. Against Delhi Capitals, where he accounted for five wickets, he deployed the flipper and the googly judiciously to turn the game in KKR’s favour. If Rayudu stays put, Chakravarthy will have to bowl at his best to take his wicket.
Faf du Plessis vs Pat Cummins:
There can’t be a better overseas battle in the upcoming clash as Du Plessis and Cummins both come on board with some fantastic skills. Both are at their prime form in this year’s IPL. While Du Plessis has shone with the bat despite CSK’s poor form, Cummins literally has been the master of pace and can get the early breakthroughs at will.
Deepak Chahar vs Shubman Gill:
Shubman Gill has shown class in KKR’s last game against Punjab where he was the top scorer with 57 off 45 balls. He can give the ball a whack and can be equally dominant to the spinners as he can use his feet to his advantage. Meanwhile Chahar can cause trouble to the elegant left-hander as he can swing the new ball both ways. If he can bowl a straighter one which nips away from the right-hander, Gill can be in trouble.