After a dominant performance against Delhi Daredevils at Pune, Chennai Super Kings will be looking for another win over Kolkata Knight Riders to consolidate their position at the top of the points table. On the other hand, KKR will look to make the most of the home coming and bag two crucial points against CSK.
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Chennai Super Kings
Match Date: 3 May 2018, Thursday
Match Timing: 20:00 IST, 14:30 GMT
Match Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
This match will be important for KKR to eke out a win and surge ahead with 10 points to expand the points deficit with RCB who are at 5th spot with 6 points.
Positives from last match
KKR: Chris Lynn played a match winning innings and stayed for a long time on the crease, which is a danger sign for any of the opposition.
CSK: KM Asif who came as a replacement for Deepak Chahar was amongst the wickets despite going for some runs. Watson was also amongst the runs at the start of the innings, which is a happening sign for the Dhoni led side.
Area of Concern
CSK: Faf Du Plessis was completely out of touch in the last match against DD, he made run a ball 33.
KKR: Sunil Narine is contributing with the bat, but his foremost duty is to deliver with the ball, where he is leaking runs without picking any wicket.
CSK: Shane Watson, Dwayne Bravo
KKR: Chris Lynn, Andre Russell
Head to Head battle
Matches – 18, Chennai Super Kings won – 11, Kolkata Knight Riders won – 7
It will be the battle of wicket-keeper batsman cum captains- MS Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik. The two have read the game well, have been aggressive with their decision making, and have impressed one and all with their batting. It will be interesting to see which of the captain handles his troops well and can contribute with the bat, to outclass each other.
CSK’s win percentage: 63%
KKR’s win percentage: 32%
No result: 5%
There is a drenching thunder storm expected at the evening, with a cloud cover of 96%. The temperature will range from 26′-30’c which promises to be treat for the fans, but rain can spoil the party. Be umbrella ready guys !
Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (C/WK), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf Du Plesis, Harbhajan Singh, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayadu, Deepak Chahar, K M Asif, Kanish Seth, Lungi Ngidi, Dhruv Shorey, Murali Vijay, Sam Billings, Mark Wood, Kshtiz Sharma, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur, N Jagadeesan, David Willy.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (Captain/WK), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Mitchell Johnson, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Shubman Gill, Ishank Jaggi, Nitish Rana, Vinay Kumar, Apoorv Wankhade, Rinku Singh, Shivam Mavi, Cameron Delport, Javon Searles, Tom Curran, Prasidh Krishna.