About the Match
After the overseas schedule in the Middle East venues, IPL is back in the Indian sub-continent with the first match scheduled on 2nd May at Ranchi between Chennai and Kolkata. Chennai Super Kings who have 8 points from 5 matches are pitted against a good side Kolkata Knight Riders, who have 4 points from 5 matches, though they lost the last tie against Rajasthan Royals in a dramatic manner with the result being tied even at the super over stage. This will be the first match in India and being played at the Dhoni’s home ground Ranchi, the crowd will be hungry to see their hero in action. It surely will be a tough contest as Kolkata has been performing well and can put up a good fight against CSK here; the match may well go down to the wire on Friday.
Chennai Super Kings
A penultimate ball win with 5 wickets in hand at Sharjah against Sunrisers Hyderabad on 27th April, chasing a modest target of 145, CSK is in the right frame of mind after only one loss in the beginning. They are a confident lot, having chosen to set a target to the opponent in most of the matches except the high scoring match against a very strong and consistent Punjab. They have a strong line up of batsmen, with McCullum and Smith consistently building good partnerships opening the innings and providing a launching pad for the rest; with this strategy being adopted so far and working well against all sides, we’re sure to see more fireworks. The momentum set up by the openers has been sustained in most of the matches by the top order to ensure that the grip on the match is firm, and hence the lower order in the team are yet to put on the pads. Jadeja, Smith and Hilfenhaus are proving to be very useful resources for the team, demonstrating their all-round skills; some of the catches have been stunning especially by Hilfenhaus and the agility of Jadeja on the field is worth being emulated by the younger players. Overall, the team is buoyant and their determination to succeed makes it a tough one to beat.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Gambhir regained his form at the right time against a disciplined Rajasthan Royals, and planned the chase with patience, building respectable partnerships till he departed. The Knight Riders managed to change the trend of not being good chasers and improved the run rate when required with Suryakumar Yadav and Shakib Al Hasan contributing at the right time. Vinay Kumar and Shakib have been effective with the ball and Kallis, Narine and Chawla can pull up quite a few tricks out of the bag. They have the confidence to do well and are supporting each other in restricting the run-flow of the opponent. Their positive run rate even after losing 3 matches is a measure of confidence and the team spirit is paying well; they should not look back even if they lost the tie with the Royals. Kolkata is definitely a team to watch out for in the remaining part of the tournament.
It’s going to be a very mind boggling match between two mentally strong teams and considering their recent performances, it could be anybody’s game on Friday. However, Chennai Super Kings have an edge with their winning spree and are expected to come up as winners once again.
Chennai Super Kings, 1.57 @ TitanBet