IPL 8 Match 28 Preview
IPL Prediction for CSK vs KKR Match
CSK Look to Extend their Domination
Match No 28: CSK v KKR
Date and Venue: 28th April 2015, Chennai
Head to Head: Played 14 CSK 9 KKR 5
Two of the most consistent teams of the IPL face off at Chennai in the Game 28 of this edition. These two teams account for four years of championship out of the seven tournaments played. In terms of team combination both the teams are reluctant to make too many changes and more often than not play a stable playing XI.
Chennai Super Kings is at second position on the points table and have lost just one game of the six they have played. They are behind the table toppers, Rajasthan Royals, by one point with two games in hand. As always they look all set to make it to the play offs and unlike last time look good to make it to the top two.
The manner in which they won against Kings XI Punjab tells us the ability of this team. They did not gave the opposition a chance to come back into the match after initial onslaught. The opening combination of Brendon McCullum and Dwayne Smith has given them the start from where the opposition teams have found it difficult come back into the match.
The middle order, which includes Raina, De Plessis, Bravo and Dhoni, has picked up after initial hiccups. MS Dhoni has been patchy in this edition with some innings suggesting he is in great touch but in some matches looked horribly out of touch. Dwayne Bravo has done well whenever he was given a chance to perform with the bat and Du Plessis too has enjoyed his new role as the finisher.
Pace bowling is solely handled by the veteran Ashish Nehra with 12 wickets in the tournament already and at second spot on the wicket takers list. Spin bowling, which is the strong point of their bowling, finally came good and looked like taking wickets against KXIP. The spinners, Ashwin and Jadeja, bowled eight overs in total giving away 36 runs and accounting for five wickets.
Kolkata Knight Riders, another consistent team of this edition, has won three out of six games with one no result against Rajasthan Royals. They lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad in a curtailed match where they required 118 off 12 overs but fell short by 16 runs.
Gautam Gambhir has led the team from the front and has impressed one and all with his batting and captaincy. He has been aggressive and backed his bowlers to pick up wickets every time. The field placement too has encouraged the bowlers to bowl a wicket taking line and length.
However, his other opening partner, Robin Uthappa, has not fired till now but showed signs of form in the last game. In the middle order Manish Pandey needs to contribute a bit more for his team.
In the bowling department Sunil Narine being reported for chucking is a big blow to the team. However, he will be available for selection in the games to come before his result for the tests comes in. KKR has options to replace Narine with Brad Hogg warming the bench.
CSK vs KKR Team News
CSK has no reason to change their winning XI and they will go with an unchanged XI.
Chennai Super Kings (probable XI): 1. Dwayne Smith 2. Brendon McCullum 3. Suresh Raina 4. Faf DuPlessis 5. MS Dhoni 6. Dwayne Bravo 7. Ravindra Jadeja 8. Ravichandran Ashwin 9. Ishwar Pandey 10. Mohit Sharma 11. Ashish Nehra
KKR might go with Brad Hogg in place of Narine until his results come in and is cleared to bowl.
Kolkata Knight Riders (probable XI): 1. Robin Uthappa 2. Gautam Gambhir 3. Manish Pandey 4. Surya Kumar Yadav 5. Yusuf Pathan 6. Andre Russell 7. Johan Botha 8. Piyush Chawla 9. Morne Morkel 10. Brad Hogg 11. Umesh Yadav
The Pitch Report for CSK vs KKR
Match is to be played at MA Chidambaram Stadium Chennai and till now three matches have been played here this season which saw scores of 150-209-192. Interestingly enough teams batting first have won on all three occasions.
CSK vs KKR Prediction and Odds
Chennai Super Kings is 1.57 to win the match which is always short odds in a T20 match as the game could go anywhere. But given the team CSK and their reputation while playing at their home we will be backing CSK to win the match.