- Chennai Super Kings were victorious against Kolkata Knight Riders by two runs in the encounter in Chennai.
- CSK are currently on top of the table while KKR are in third position.
- KKR have lost the last two out of the three games, with one match being abandoned.
Chennai Super Kings managed to defend 134 against Kolkata Knight Riders in Chennai but they have no time to rest on their laurels as they once again face the defending champions on Thursday, but this time it will be in KKR’s bastion of the Eden Gardens.
This gives KKR a chance to make up for lost ground. They lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad and their game against Rajasthan Royals was abandoned without a ball being bowled. It has been an inconsistent start for Gautam Gambhir’s team and with the 2015 IPL reaching the business end, the time is now for KKR.
On the other hand, CSK’s performance away from their fortress of Chepauk has also been inconsistent. They hammered the Mumbai Indians by six wickets but they were at the receiving end of a mauling at the hands of Rajasthan Royals in Ahmedabad. They bounced back to register a good win over Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Chinnaswamy stadium. Their record at the Eden Gardens is even. In the last four encounters against KKR, CSK have won twice but also lost twice. CSK will be aware that the defending champions will be desperate to get back to winning ways.
Date: April 30, 2015
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Weather: 55 percent chances of thundershowers with a low of 25 degrees.
Kolkata Knight Riders
There is still some uncertainty regarding Sunil Narine’s availability but the team will be buoyed by the performance of 44-year-old Australian legspinner Brad Hogg. The veteran demonstrated admirable skill in the game against CSK and ended with figures of 2 for 18 from his four overs. Pat Cummins, who replaced Morne Morkel, could sit out for this return clash. If KKR have to turn their campaign around, they must ensure that the top order fires.
1. Robin Uthappa (wk), 2 Gautam Gambhir (c), 3 Manish Pandey, 4 Suryakumar Yadav, 5 Yusuf Pathan, 6 Ryan ten Doeschate, 7 Andre Russell, 8 Piyush Chawla, 9 Brad Hogg, 10 Pat Cummins/Morne Morkel, 11 Umesh Yadav
Chennai Super Kings
R Ashwin’s finger injury has ruled him out for the next two games. His spot could be taken by either left-arm orthodox spinner Pawan Negi or legspinner Rahul Sharma. The rest of the team has a settled look and skipper MS Dhoni might not tamper with the composition.
1. Dwayne Smith, 2 Brendon McCullum, 3 Suresh Raina, 4 Faf du Plessis, 5 MS Dhoni (c and wk), 6 Dwayne Bravo, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Pawan Negi/Rahul Sharma, 9 Mohit Sharma, 10 Ishwar Pandey, 11 Ashish Nehra
– CSK registered their 10th victory over KKR in 15 IPL games. CSK now have 10 or more wins against five teams in the tournament. Other than KKR, CSK have defeated Delhi Daredevils 11 times, Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore 10 times.
– Gautam Gambhir now has 11 ducks in the IPL, the joint-most with Harbhajan Singh
“I prepare myself to defend 14 off the last over and if anything is over 14, it is a bonus. This is the kind of situations I practise”. – CSK allrounder Dwayne Bravobacks himself to perform well in the death overs.
“With the start we got, we should have finished the game. It is a difficult pill to swallow”. – KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir rues the loss in momentum in the team’s loss to CSK