New Delhi: The Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders, who will come up against each other in Match 5 of Vivo IPL 2018 today, will be brimming with confidence after thrilling wins in their respective season openers.
CSK all-rounder Bravo’s incredible 68 off 30 turned the tables on Mumbai in dramatic fashion as they played the season’s opening fixture at the Wankhede Stadium in the opening match. After Bravo’s inning, injured Kedar Jadhav who returned to bat and took the team over the line with two boundaries.
Chennai Super Kings have an outstanding win-loss record at home; they’ve won 33 and lost only 14 of the 47 IPL matches they’ve played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. In fact, CSK has won 11 of the last 12 matches they played at the venue.
KKR did extremely well to pull back RCB’s reins just when they were in a position to explode. Nitish Rana, used by captain Dinesh Karthik possibly with an intention to slip one or two quiet overs, actually struck two big blows when he dismissed AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli off successive deliveries.
Sunil Narine’s blitz at the top gave KKR the perfect platform for such a chase, following which Rana and captain Karthik contributed the thirties to get the job done. KKR have a solid-looking top five and hence are able to use Sunil Narine as an opener. KKR hopes Chris Lynn will play the destructive innings he is capable of and Russell can finish off things with a flourish.
KKR spinners Narine, Kuldeep Yadav and Piyush Chawla would find the surface at Chepauk more to their liking.
The KKR captain Dinesh Karthik would know the MA Chidambaram Stadium like the back of his palm, for it is his home ground.
Team Head to Head
Overall: Matches – 16, Chennai Super Kings won – 10, Kolkata Knight Riders won – 6
In Chennai: Matches – 7, CSK Won – 5, KKR Won – 2.
Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni(c), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf du Plessis, Harbhajan Singh, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif, Kanishk Seth, Lungi Ngidi, Dhruv Shorey, Murali Vijay, Sam Billings, Mark Wood, Kshitiz Sharma, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur, N Jagadeesan.