About the Match
Getting off to a good start had never been the case with Chennai Super Kings. Now that they’ve done that, they’d be looking to build on it and up against them is SRK owned Kolkata Knight Riders. KKR haven’t had the best of the starts to this year’s IPL, but now they are looking to get into the groove. The match is to be played on 28th April 2013 at 04:00pm IST. The last time these two played against each other, a few days earlier at Eden Gardens, it was a low scoring encounter in which Chennai prevailed over Kolkata. Chennai’s wicket, however, is different and run scoring is expected and considering the lineup of both the sides, a closely fought contest is definitely on the cards.
Chennai Super Kings:
In spite of not having a rollicking start, Chennai Super Kings have got the momentum on their side and are sitting comfortably at second place after six wins from eight games. CSK have a bunch of players that would win you the game even from a lost position. Prime example of such a player is Mahendra Singh Dhoni, their skipper who has done it on numerous occasions. Mike Hussey, also known as Mr. Cricket, has proved his worth by adjusting his game according to the requirements. Their bowling attack is quite strong with Ashwin, Bravo and Jadeja. With such a balanced side and added to it the advantage of playing at home makes Chennai a formidable side to get past.
Kolkata Knight Riders:
KKR looked down and after until they won their last game against KXIP. With just three wins to their name out of eight games, they still do not come anywhere near comfort zone. Manvinder Bisla seems to be back in form with a brilliant fifty in the last game and Jacques Kallis also played a useful hand with the bat. Eion Morgan is in brilliant form along with skipper Gautam Gambhir. Their spin attack is arguably the best spin attack of all the IPL teams. The major for them is the form of Yusuf Pathan who hasn’t fired since 2010. Any side would have to work hard to prevail against this star studded side.
Kolkata Knight Riders were in a terrible position before they won in their last game. They’d again be there if they lose this game. Because this game is to be played in Chennai, KKR would certainly be missing Senanayake services and we might see Brett Lee or Brendon McCullum back in the side. Chennai is a brilliant side and beating them in their own backyard is really difficult. Chennai has a good spin attack and Yusuf might play a very crucial role if KKR decides to send him up the order. I’d have to go with Chennai simply because of their form, well balanced side and home support.
Chennai Super Kings, 1.67 @ William Hill