KKR’s must-win game against Chennai to open doors to playoffs
Kolkata Knight Riders to win
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||12||7||5||0||0||14||0.048|
|Kings XI Punjab||12||6||6||0||0||12||-0.049|
|Kolkata Knight Riders||12||6||6||0||0||12||-0.479|
|Chennai Super Kings||12||4||8||0||0||8||-0.602|
Chennai Super Kings would be up against the Kolkata Knight Riders in the 49th game of the IPL. Chennai comes into this game after massive win against the Royal Challengers Bangalore against the run of play, but the side is already out of the contention for a spot in the next round. For the KKR it was yet another loss against the Kings XI Punjab and their entry into the next round would depend on the result of the next game which they can’t afford to lose.
For CSK it has been a disastrous season where they have failed to show their consistency. Their batting line-up has struggled right through the tournament and this is big concern for them going into this contest. As far as KKR is concerned they will take heart from their last win against Chennai and shall like to use that as an inspiration in what is a do-or-die contest for the side.
It was a big win for MS Dhoni’s side in the last game against the Royal Challengers Bangalore where the side won by 8 wickets. However, this has come a bit late in the season as the side has lost all its hopes of making it to the next round. All they would have to play for is pride in what has been the worst season for the franchise in this tournament. With Kolkata too struggling at the moment Dhoni would definitely count his chances.
The opening pair of Rituraj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis did well in the last game and the side would need a similar start from them especially the former South African skipper who has been their best batsmen this season. Ambati Rayudu, Sam Curran and Dhoni shall need to play good knocks which they have failed to do on a consistent basis. In Ravindra Jadeja and N Jagadeesan the side has good firepower down the order.
It was a good show with the ball from Deepak Chahar and Sam Curran in the last game and the side would look for a similar show from them in this game as well. Imran Tahir also made the RCB batsmen struggle and so did Mitchell Santner. Jadeja brings in vast experience to this bowling unit. While they have looked good on paper the side would need a team effort from its bowling unit in this game.
Best Batsman – Faf du Plessis
Best Bowler – Imran Tahir
MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, N Jagadeesan, Sam Curran, Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Santner, Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir, Monu Kumar
|F du Plessis||25||13||2||2||192.31|
Karn Sharma, Mitchell Santner, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ambati Rayudu, Narayan Jagadeesan, Deepak Chahar, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, MS Dhoni, SR Watson, Lungi Ngidi
Eoin Morgan’s team is failing to maintain momentum in this season of the tournament and the side just manages to let itself down losing games after registering victories. Their bowling attack was decimated in the last game against the Kings XI Punjab which they lost by 8 wickets. They are currently placed fifth on the points table and shall aim for a higher spot with a win here.
KKR has been inconsistent at the top and haven’t been able to figure out the right opening combination. Shubman Gill had played well but he will need good support from his fellow opener Rahul Tripathi. Nitish Rana and Dinesh Karthik have to assume responsibility as they are letting the team down on most occasions. Morgan, Sunil Narine and Pat Cummins will need to play quick-fire knocks down the order for the side to win this game.
Their bowling attack which did well early in the season has struggled in the last few games and the side will need a good show from Pat Cummins and Lockie Ferguson who have done well this season. Varun Chakravarthy and Prasidh Krishna will need to use the experience they have gained against Chennai’s struggling batting line-up. Narine has bowled tight spells this season and the side will need another good effort from him in this game.
Top Batsman – Shubman Gill
Top Bowler – Lockie Ferguson
Eoin Morgan (c), Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Lockie Ferguson, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy
Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shubman Gill, Varun Chakravarthy, Lockie Ferguson, Pat Cummins, Rinku Singh, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan, Sunil Narine, Dinesh Karthik, RA Tripathi
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||25||0 mm.||2.88 k/h||From: NNE||0%|
|03h||26||0 mm.||2.41 k/h||From: ENE||0%|
|06h||31||0 mm.||4.33 k/h||From: E||0%|
|09h||32||0 mm.||4.95 k/h||From: NNE||0%|
|12h||30||0 mm.||5.01 k/h||From: N||0%|
|15h||28||0 mm.||3.71 k/h||From: NNE||0%|
|18h||27||0 mm.||2.72 k/h||From: NNE||0%|
|21h||27||0 mm.||2.91 k/h||From: N||0%|
Dubai would see clear skies and a warm evening on October 29 although the temperatures have dropped a bit in the last few games. The surface is an absolute delight for the batsmen and we have seen lot of runs being scored here in the last few games. A score of 180 runs is a must for the side batting first to feel safe on this track.
The Dubai International Cricket Stadium is large in size and hitting the ball over the boundary ropes isn’t easy. But the pitch is a good one to bat on and the fast outfield offers ample boundary scoring opportunities to the batsmen. Fast bowlers need to use variations to grab wickets as there is no assistance from the track. But spinners have done well here in the recent games as the slowness of the surface aids them.
The pitch doesn’t change much of its character in the second innings as we have seen in the last few games. The slower wicket can create doubts in the minds of the side batting first and this makes it difficult to set a total here. Hence we believe the side winning the toss would opt to bowl first here.
Chennai Super Kings haven’t managed to win two consecutive games so far in the season which just goes to show the kind of poor form the side has been in. Their batting line-up looks tired and unable to play according to the pace of the game at the moment. Kolkata Knight Riders for all their struggles has a bowling attack that has won games for them from hopeless situation and this would put them slightly ahead in this game though we expect this to be a tough contest where the balance can shift any moment.
Kolkata Knight Riders to win