IPL 2021: CSK vs KKR Round 2 Match Overview, Who’s got the upper hand? Sports

IPL 2021: CSK vs KKR Round 2 Match Overview, Who’s got the upper hand?

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Time icon September 25, 2021   | Last Updated: May 17, 2024 at 5:39 AM

CSK vs KKR, September 26, 15:30 IST

From CSK’s perspective:

A week into the IPL 2021 resumption, there’s little to separate CSK and KKR – barring their points table positions. In this short span, both have managed to shatter two strong and important perceptions. CSK arrived with the baggage of having suffered their worst season in the history of IPL last year in UAE, but have shown transformative traits already. Head coach Stephen Fleming spent most of last year defending his ‘built-for-Chepauk’ squad, but very early on this trip, he’s already admitted to have made ‘all-weather’ tweaks that were there to be seen in their two wins (against MI and RCB).

From KKR’s perspective:

KKR came in with the backdrop of their head coach Brendon McCullum urging the side to shed their inhibitions. In Venkatesh Iyer, they have the embodiment of this change. The support cast around him have also clicked into gear, so much so that they came away with a commanding win against an opponent (MI) who have historically and overwhelmingly had their number.

Sunday’s battle between these two tactically meticulous sides looking to maximise the conditions, is likely to come down to how they bowl and bat through the middle-overs. They both have openers – and strategies – to give them good starts, but how they deal with each other’s bowlers through the middle could set up superiority, and the eventual two points.

Head-to-head: CSK have won 15 of the 23 encounters against KKR, including the reverse fixture in Mumbai this April.

When: CSK vs KKR, September 26, 15:30 IST

Where: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

What to expect: Extreme levels of humidity and a gripping surface. In IPL 2020, teams batting first scored an average score of 165 in the afternoon games in this venue, with two wins each for the team batting first and second, while one went to the Super Over.

Team News:

Chennai Super Kings

Injured/Availability: There are no reported injuries or absentees. Sam Curran’s stay on the bench is set to extend after Dwayne Bravo’s impactful outing against RCB.

Probable XI: Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood

Kolkata Knight Riders:

Injured/Availability: There are no reported injuries or absentees from the last game.

Probable XI: Venkatesh Iyer, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna

Interesting Stats:

  • Rahul Tripathi has smashed 49 off 29 balls he’s faced from Deepak Chahar in IPL
  • KKR’s average score in the PowerPlay in the India leg of IPL 2021 was 44. In the two games in UAE, it has been 60.
  • Ravindra Jadeja has 371 runs in 22 innings against KKR at an average and strike rate of 41.22 and 134.91

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