In the opening match of Sunday’s doubleheader in the UAE leg of the current season, table-topper Chennai Super Kings will face fourth-placed Kolkata Knight Riders. Unlike the previous season, when they failed to make the playoffs, Chennai Super Kings have been at their best so far this season, leading the league with seven victories in nine games. They have won back-to-back games against Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore to start their UAE campaign on a high note, and are only one win away from earning a playoff berth.
In comparison to the India leg of the competition, Kolkata Knight Riders have looked like an entirely different team in the UAE. They thrashed Royal Challengers Bangalore by 9 wickets in the first match, and then blasted Mumbai Indians bowlers all over the park in their second match in Abu Dhabi, winning by 7 wickets. Kolkata Knight Riders are in fourth place with four wins in five games and need three wins in their remaining five games to advance.
Match – Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders – 38th match
Venue – Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Time – 3:30 PM IST, 10:00 AM GMT
Where to watch live – Star Sports Network, Hotstar
The match between the Chennai Super Kings and the Kolkata Knight Riders, which will be played in Abu Dhabi, will be remarkable since the pitch batters at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium have a history of hitting large runs. If the batters are able to grasp the nature of the pitch, they will be able to overcome their opponents.
The weather at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, is expected to be sunny tomorrow, with a high of 39°C and a low of 29°C.
Avg first innings score: 159 (Last 24 matches in the IPL at Abu Dhabi)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 15, Lost – 9, Tied – 0
MS Dhoni (c & wk), Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra, Moeen Ali, Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Josh Hazlewood, Deepak Chahar.
Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Shubman Gill, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine
Played – 26 | Chennai Super Kings – 16 | Kolkata Knight Riders – 9 |N/R – 0
Played – 2 | Chennai Super Kings – 1 | Kolkata Knight Riders – 1 |N/R – 0
Faf du Plessis— Chennai Super Kings
Faf du Plessis, another South African, couldn’t get the Super Kings off to a good start in their last game because he was penalised during the powerplay period. He’ll be itching to get on base for the club, and his propensity to hit home runs makes him a guy to watch.
Venkatesh Iyer— Kolkata Knight Riders
He went on to attain 53 runs and made a mockery of the target Mumbai set them to chase. He has played at a strike rate of 164.91 and most significantly, he has looked fearless at the highest of the order.
Varun Chakravarthy– Kolkata Knight Riders
Varun Chakravarthy has had a sensational run within the second leg of IPL 2021. The spinner has 10 wickets to his name from nine matches at a powerful economy rate of seven .05. within the UAE leg of the IPL, the tweaker has picked up four wickets and has bowled at an economy of a shade over six. If he gets into his groove, the CSK batters may find themselves in a lot of trouble.
Chennai Super Kings
The 20-run victory against Mumbai Indians sent a message to the rest of the IPL that CSK will be just as powerful in the UAE and Abu Dhabi as they were in India. Despite the victory, there were several batting errors, which will be a significant emphasis for MS Dhoni’s side in this match. So Csk will definitely try to keep going their tradition to win.
Kolkata Knight Riders
In their previous match, Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Mumbai Indians by 7 wickets in Abu Dhabi. Mumbai Indians scored 155 runs for 6 wickets while batting first. Lockie Ferguson and Prasidh Krishna both went after two scalps. With an 88-run stand between Venkatesh Iyer (53 off 30) and Rahul Tripathi, Kolkata Knight Riders knocked down the target with 29 balls to spare (74 off 42). Still, Csk has a lead against Kkr so definitely riders have to struggle to steal the win.
Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders have played 26 times in the history of this event, with CSK winning 16 and KKR winning 9. CSK defeated KKR by 18 runs at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai the last time these two teams played. Both clubs have been in excellent form recently, and the first game on Sunday looks to be another exciting matchup. As a result, the CSK has a chance to win this match.
Today’s match prediction: Kolkata Knight Riders to win the match.