The second phase of the IPL 2021 is about to complete its first week. Chennai Super Kings will take on Kolkata Knight Riders in an engaging battle of supremacy. These have been the only two sides who have acclimatized to the UAE conditions beautifully. They have adopted the all-out aggressive batting approach. KKR particularly have recovered well from the lows of the first phase. CSK on the other hand have continued their dream run this season. It promises to be a great battle. Here you can find CSK vs KKR StumpsandBails Match Predictions.
CSK vs KKR: Form Preview
CSK’s strong run in IPL 2021:
The men in yellow are currently the table toppers. They are tied on 7 wins with Delhi Capitals but possess a very healthy net run rate. CSK are just a win away from qualifying for the playoffs. They notched up comfortable wins over both Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore. The fact that they have defended and chased equally easily makes them a fantastic force. Their dynamism and depth in batting has helped them play an attractive brand of cricket. They will be up against a resurgent Knight Riders side.
KKR’s tremendous resurgence in UAE:
KKR had just won 2 out of their first 7 games in phase 1 of the IPL this season. But they have come storming back into the competition in the UAE leg. They first brushed aside Bangalore dismantling them for 92 runs and went on to chase it in just 10 overs. Their performance was impressive against Mumbai too. Post restricting them to 155, KKR chased down the score in just 15 odd overs. They will look to continue their winning run. KKR have already laid down a gauntlet for other teams. The men in yellow will have their task cut out against them.
CSK vs KKR StumpsandBails Match Predictions: Favourites?
CSK had won the previous leg of the encounter in a high-scoring game. The middle order of KKR had almost threatened to snatch the game away from CSK. But CSK held their nerve in this battle of heavyweights. The contest is likely to be even more close this time around with KKR having found their groove. A win for KKR may completely change the table dynamics.
Which players will be match-winners in this game?
Moeen Ali has had a great season so far for CSK this season. He will be the key for CSK.
Sunil Narine has a great match-up against CSK and MS Dhoni especially.
Ravindra Jadeja scored a last-ball win for CSK last year against KKR. He is in great form. Jadeja will be CSK’s X-factor.
Varun Chakravarthy dismissed Dhoni both times last season. He will be KKR’s trump card in this game.
Probable Playing XI:
Chennai Super Kings predicted XI:
Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazelwood
Kolkata Knight Riders predicted XI:
Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik (WK), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna
What do stats say about CSK vs KKR?
CSK and KKR and have played 24 IPL games against each other.
CSK has won 15 games. KKR has won 8 matches. 1 game ended up in a no-result.
CSK’s highest score against KKR is 220. KKR’s highest score against CSK is 202.
CSK’s lowest score against KKR is 114. KKR’s lowest score against CSK is 108.
The Sheikh Zayed Stadium has long square boundaries. Spinners will enjoy these long boundaries. There will be something in it for the pacers too. Batsmen can count on the true bounce of the surface.
A high of 37 degrees and a low of 32 degrees is expected. There are no chances of rain. Dew might play a big factor and teams will prefer to chase under such weather conditions.
A total of 49 matches has been played at this venue. Teams batting first have won 22 games while chasing teams have won 27. The average scoring batting first at this venue is 140. On the other hand, the average 2nd innings score is a paltry 129. Anything above 165 will be a par score.
It is a battle between two aggressive outfits. KKR will be eyeing a hattrick of wins in the UAE.