About the Match
On April 20, 2013, when the defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders take on the most consistent team of the IPL history, Chennai Super Kings, in no terms it can be considered less than a clash of the titans considering the Knight Riders wishing to repeat the history as last year and Dhoni’s brigade looking to balance status by defeating Gambhir and his men in their own backyard. Also giving a look at the present state of both the teams and in the form both are playing, a nail-biting game is definitely on the cards.
Kolkata Knight Riders:
Though the Knight Riders got defeated in their last game against the weak considered Kings XI Punjab, the loss might just prove beneficial for the team and help them play as a wounded lion against a team to win against who any team needs to be at their best. With skipper Gambhir leading from the front and showing time and again what his men are capable of, they do make it difficult for the opposition considering the experience shown on the field by South African Jacques Kallis, who contributes not only with the bat but is more than handy when it comes to bowling. Apart from the two, the vital bowling aid provided by Narine and a constant support from local lads makes Knight Riders more than just another team.
Chennai Super Kings:
Having one of the best captains of the game to lead and also a set of players who can win the match from any stage, Chennai Super Kings do pose a big threat to the Knight Riders when the two giants face off on. Also after not only beating but crushing Delhi Daredevils in their previous game the moral of Dhoni brigade must be high enough to make them take on the defending champions just the way they should be. The sheet anchor role played by Mike Hussey and then the late fireworks by captain himself form the positives of team. Also the kings were able to find another gem in their pace attack in the face of Mohit Sharma who took three crucial wickets to break the Devils. In a nutshell, this team is considered as the favorites not only in upcoming game against Kolkata, but also in the IPL too.
In a match whose teams are the repeat of last year’s finale, nerves would be tested and so would be patience. It was KKR who prevailed at that time, but can they do it again? It’s very hard to say, but it’s probable. Both KKR and CSK two of the most balanced sides of the tournament and picking one is difficult. Considering the recent form and the team on paper, CSK definitely looks stronger with Hussey back in as opener.
Chennai Super Kings, 1.80 @ William Hill