About the Match
With a massive win against Kings XI Punjab by 97 runs, the Super Kings are standing at the 2nd position on the table with 10 points; they will now try to get right on top with a victory in the next match when they meet KKR on 28th April at Chennai. The visitors have 7 points with their last game against the Royals getting washed out by rain; both sides are eyeing the top spot and this will be a crucial game for them. It will be interesting to see which team can dominate the other right from the start and keep a cool head above it shoulders to emerge victorious.
Chennai Super Kings
The team continues to pull out some amazing performances to put pressure on the opposition and win matches; playing against Kings XI, the batsmen posted a strong 192, thanks to the well-made 66 off 44 by McCullum and an unbeaten 41 off 27 by Dhoni. Smith, Raina and Jadeja also contributed well and the score was defended well by Jadeja, Ashwin, Nehra and others. They have been performing well in all departments of the game and with Dhoni’s cool-as-a-cucumber approach the Super Kings are yet again turning out to be a formidable force to reckon with. Earlier, in the match against Royal Challengers, pace man Nehra demolished the opponent’s batting line-up to take career best 4-10 and helped defend the total of 181 posted by Raina and company. Their strengths are in the hard-hitting skills of the batsmen and the consistency of the bowlers; they are looking good to continue with the match winning performances in the upcoming contests too.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Losing a rain-affected match against Sunrisers Hyderabad by 16 runs through D/L method, KKR was dealt an upsetting blow to its campaign and the recent wash-out against the Royals has put them in the 3rd position on the table. The upcoming match is a crucial one for the team and they will try to put their heads together to come up with a winning strategy although Narine will not be a part of the bowling squad due to suspected action. The other bowlers like Morne Morkel, Umesh Yadav and Russell are yielding results and they will carry out their responsibilities with precision; the batsmen didn’t fare well against the Sunrisers as they were all dismissed for 101 with the target being 118. Manish Pandey and Robin Uthappa posted solid knocks but the others couldn’t survive for long under pressure; however, against Kings XI Punjab, the batsmen held it together and successfully chased 155 with 13 balls to spare. They have the resources and experience to pull out match-winning performances and with a positive attitude they can still turn things around and become the team to beat this season.
Although KKR has the determination to succeed here, the change in the bowling unit could hurt their chances against a solid-looking home side; the match will surely go down to the wire but we feel that Super Kings are well poised to triumph once again to make it to the top of the table.
Chennai Super Kings, 1.53 @ Bet365