This top-of-the-table clash in IPL 2019 at Chepauk will see Chennai Super Kings (CSK) take on Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). CSK have won six of the eight H2H fixtures at this venue, including the last three and will hope to stop the KKR juggernaut.
CSK hopes will be high as they have won their last five at the venue including three this season. With an attack that has conceded just 6.92 runs per over this season, CSK will hope to keep the big hitters of KKR (who score at a tournament-high rate of 10.09 per over) quiet.
MS Dhoni (156 runs, SR 124.80) remains CSK’s only representative in the top-25 batters of the season and their run-rate of 7.09 runs per over is the tournament’s lowest after 21 matches. No such problems with the bowling, but Dwayne Bravo’s injury is a worry.
That could be music to KKR, who arguably have the most destructive batting unit of IPL 2019. Three of their batsmen are in the top-12 scorers, while Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine are also picking up form.
KKR batsmen have scored 57 sixes so far, which is nearly 12 per match. They also average around 15 boundaries per match, with 68.45% of their runs (638/932) coming via big shots. All these insane numbers are certainly buying time for their bowlers, who average nine runs per over so far.
CSK vs KKR T20 – Expected Playing XI
Chennai Super Kings
Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (c)(wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Scott Kuggeleijn.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (C & WK), Shubman Gill, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Harry Gurney, Shrikant Mundhe.
CSK vs KKR T20 – Fantasy Players To Watch Out For
In seven innings at this venue against KKR, Suresh Raina (CSK) has 303 runs at a SR of 153.03 and five 30+ scores. Andre Russell (KKR) has a SR of 192.21 and 15 sixes in four IPL games against CSK.
The home side on the day has won eight of the last nine H2H matches. Since 2013, CSK have lost just once at this venue (W15, L1).
Chepauk’s powerplay average of 37.2 runs is the lowest across venues this season. KKR have lost all six H2H matches when they have batted first.