Dhoni vs morgan

A week into the IPL 2021 resumption, there's little to separate CSK and KKR - barring their points table positions.

Dhoni vs morgan

In this short span, both have managed to shatter two strong and important perceptions.

Dhoni vs morgan

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.

Dhoni vs morgan

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.

Dhoni vs morgan

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.

Dhoni vs morgan

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.

Dhoni vs morgan

Sunday's tussle 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.

Dhoni vs morgan

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.

Dhoni vs morgan

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