VIVO IPL 2021: KKR vs CSK Preview & Dream 11 Prediction
- Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, and Moeen Ali have looked in terrific form thus far for the Super KingsBarring Nitish Rana, KKR’s batting has pretty much struggled so far
- Mumbai’s surface has started to take turn and that could prove to be a significant advantage for the Super Kings
The team that shocked its fans last year with a near bottom of the table finish is back in the business this year. Arguably one of the most followed teams in the tournament and a comeback for them has certainly sparked some excitement in this edition of the Indian Premier League. Chennai Super Kings have been the most consistent team in IPL and they’ll be looking to keep their winning juggernaut intact.
Up next in the tournament, CSK are set to take on KKR in what is going to be an all-important match for the two sides. After a brilliant start, Kolkata Knight Riders are staring down the barrel. They’ll be desperate to get back to the winning ways in this upcoming match. The match between the two sides is set to be played at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on Wednesday, 21st April 2021.
Ever since they registered their first win of the tournament, things haven’t been bright and sunny for them. After a couple of consecutive losses, the Knight Riders are now placed at the fifth spot and will need to find their feet quickly. The concerning factor for the KKR will be that they do have the star-power available, but none of those stars appears to be in firing mood at the moment, be it with the ball or with the bat.
In the two losses that KKR have been dealt with, their batting has been the primary culprit. Against Mumbai Indians, they were in a decent position before their batsmen played a flurry of bad shots that pushed them in an inferior position. Against RCB, they faced an ABD – Maxwell special before their batsmen failed to capitalize on a short yet quick start provided by Shubhman Gill.
Chennai Super Kings are back at their familiar spot – into the top four. They finished at the seventh position last year and although these are still early days, being at the second spot will be a refreshing feeling for them. The margins in the two games that they have won have been so comfortable that CSK have the highest net run-rate amongst all eight teams.
Right from the onset, it was apparent that the Super Kings are going to bank on their depth this season and it hasn’t proved to be any different.
Date: April 21, 2021 (Wednesday).
Time: 07:30 PM (IST), 02:00 PM (GMT).
Venue: Wankhede stadium, Mumbai
KKR vs CSK: Head to Head:
|Kolkata Knight Riders||Head to Head||Mumbai Indians|
|8 won||23 Matches||14 won|
|108 runs||Lowest Score||114 runs|
|202 runs||Highest Score||205 runs|
Pitch & Weather Report:
The tournament started with Mumbai being a high-scoring venue, but it soon turned out to be a paradise for slower bowlers as spinners found some purchase. With the weather slowly getting warmer with every passing day, dew is beginning to have a lot less impact. Having said that, the conditions here are still a lot better for batting than at Chennai. If dew doesn’t happen to fall late in the evening, the team batting first should be happy with anything over 175.
TV and live streaming details:
TV: Star Sports Network.
Live Streaming: Disney+ Hotstar VIP
Batting: the Knight Riders are missing someone like Sunil Narine, someone who can provide impetus at the top. All in all, KKR have a terrific team on paper. However, their lack of execution has truly been apparent in their last two matches. Barring Nitish Rana, none of their batsmen have looked good. If the likes of Eoin Morgan, Shubhman Gill, and Andre Russell can join the party going forward, beating Kolkata Knight Riders could be a colossal ask.
X-Factor: Andre Russell
Bowling: KKR’s strategy to bowl just two overs with Andre Russell at the death backfired in the last match. With the likes of Prasidh Krishna and Pat Cummins around, they might need to look at some other options if Russell doens’t look upto the mark on match day.
Predict XI: Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Andre Russell, Shakib Al Hasan, Pat Cummins, Harbhajan Singh, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy
Batting: Suresh Raina, Moeen Ali, and Faf du Plessis have all looked in their pristine touch and could be a threat to any combination.
X-Factor: Moeen Ali
Bowling: CSK’s bowling lacks someone with express pace, but if the conditions are similar to what those were like in the last matching, this bowling can do wonders. The presence of Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, and Deepak Chahar down the order provides the top-order batsmen insurance if, in case, CSK lose quick wickets.
Predict XI: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf Du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (C/WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Imran Tahir, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar.
KKR vs CSK Dream 11 Prediction:
Please check the team once when Playing XI Announced.
Captain Options – Nitish Rana, Moeen Ali
Vice-Captain Options – Faf du Plessis, Andre Russell
According to the Daily IPL Poll- Chennai Super Kings to win
Kolkata knight Riders (KKR) squad:
Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Tim Seifert (wk), Rahul Tripathi, Rinku Singh, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Eoin Morgan (c), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Varun CV, Kuldeep Yadav, Pat Cummins, Lockie Ferguson, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Sandeep Warrier, Prasidh Krishna, Shakib Al Hasan, Sheldon Jackson, Vaibhav Arora, Karun Nair, Harbhajan Singh, Ben Cutting, Venkatesh Iyer, Pawan Negi
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) Squad:
MS Dhoni (C), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Sam Curran, Faf Du Plessis, Deepak Chahar, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Narayanan Jagadeesan, Lungi Ngidi, Shardul Thakur, Ambati Rayudu, R Sai Kishore, Mitchell Santner, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, KM Asif, Robin Uthappa, Krishnappa Gowtham, Moeen Ali, Cheteshwar Pujara, Harishankar Reddy, Bhagath Verma, C Hari Nishanth, Jason Behrendorff.