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Toss Winner - Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and chose to bat first
Chennai Super Kings beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 2 wickets
KKR’s challenge to break their poor record against CSK
Chennai Super Kings to win
Tournament: Indian Premier League 2021 | Format: T20 | Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, UAE | Toss: To BowlBet Now
Indian Premier League 2021 has resumed on the perfect note, and we have seen intense action from the field in the few games that have been played. In this context, the 38th game between the Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders would be an interesting one. Both sides have won two games each since restarting their campaign. KKR come here with a big win against the Mumbai Indians while the Super Kings outsmarted the Royal Challengers Bangalore in their previous game.
The Chennai Super Kings have enjoyed a good record against Kolkata Knight Riders in recent years and have won four times in the last five games including the game earlier this season. However, KKR has looked altogether different team here in UAE and this would make it an interesting battle here and we expect the game to go down the wire.
MS Dhoni’s side has regained its top spot on the points table with their 6-wicket win against the Royal Challengers Bangalore. The side made a strong comeback in the last game after a poor start. Dhoni would want his players to take confidence from their good record against the KKR. He would be aware of KKR’s batting prowess and expect a good show from his bowlers.
Rituraj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis played well in the last game and the side would expect a positive start from them here. The middle-order also did well with Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, and Suresh Raina scoring runs and the same would be expected from them in this game as well. The side has great depth in the batting with Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, and Shardul Thakur to follow.
Deepak Chahar and Josh Hazelwood were expensive with the new ball in the last game and the side would like to see a better show from them in this game. Thakur and Ravindra Jadeja shall have to bowl tight spells in the middle overs as KKR have good hitters of the ball in the side. With Bravo bringing his experience, the side will start confidently in this game.
Top Batsman – Faf du Plessis
Top Bowler – Deepak Chahar
MS Dhoni (c & wk), Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Deepak Chahar, SN Thakur, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Sam Curran, MS Dhoni, Josh Hazlewood
Eoin Morgan’s side has resumed its campaign on a promising note. They have registered two massive wins and the last one against the defending champions Mumbai Indians by 7 wickets would have surely added to the side’s confidence. Their batting is looking strong, and Morgan would like to use it and beat the Super Kings against whom they had lost the earlier game.
Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer have played well in the two games and the side would like to see a strong show from them here. The middle order is packed with quality players and Morgan would aim to build partnerships with Nitish Rana and Rahul Tripathi. In Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell, and Sunil Narine they have good finishers adding to their confidence.
Varun Chakravarthy has bowled superbly in the tournament, and he would aim for early wickets as Chennai have a very strong batting line-up. The side would like to see good spells from Lockie Ferguson and Prasidh Krishna in this game. In Narine and Andre Russell, they have experienced bowlers and they have to bowl smartly for the side to win this game.
Top Batsman – Shubman Gill
Top Bowler – Varun Chakravarthy
Eoin Morgan (c), Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna
Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna, Lockie Ferguson, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Dinesh Karthik, RA Tripathi
Abu Dhabi would see a hot and humid afternoon on September 24, and this is expected to make the bowling conditions tough for the bowlers. Batsmen would enjoy batting on this track, and we expect this game to be a high-scoring one with good hitters on both sides. The team that bats first would need 180 runs on the board to feel comfortable.
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi is a big-sized ground, but the fast outfield has allowed batsmen to score runs easily here in the past. It is a tough venue for the fast bowlers with nothing on the surface for them. Spinners have enjoyed a good record as the ball can turn sharply and stop on the batsmen.
The two games that have been played on this surface have gone in favor of the side that has chased the score. There is little on the surface for the bowlers and chasing scores has been easy here. Hence, the side winning the toss would like to bowl first in this game.
We expect this to be a tough contest given the kind of form we have seen from the two sides in recent games. Kolkata Knight Riders would however have to fight a mental battle as their record against CSK hasn’t been something for the side to take pride in. The Chennai Super Kings have good depth in their batting, and this allows the top order to play freely. This would put them nose ahead of KKR in this game.
Chennai Super Kings to win
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