IPL 2018 – Kolkata Knight Riders vs Chennai Super Kings Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Thursday 3rd May, 15:30 (UK)

Where? Eden Gardens

Weather? 28-32c with scattered thunderstorms possible and 78% humidity

What channel is it on? Sky Sports Cricket

Where can I stream the match? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go

Are tickets still available? https://in.bookmyshow.com/sports/cricket/t20-premier-league

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings: Kolkata Knight Riders W6, Chennai Super Kings W10

THE TEAM NEWS

KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS

Coach: Jacques Kallis

Captain: Dinesh Karthik

  • KKR claimed a much needed win over Royal Challengers. And that victory has given them some much needed breathing space between themselves and, ironically, Bangalore. After being set a total of 176 for victory, the KKR batsmen showed a combination of composure and firepower to chase the total for the loss of just four wickets.
  • Chris Lynn was the star with the bat for KKR, scoring a composed 62 from 52 balls and this edition of the IPL has seen Lynn change his game from hitting big to grinding out runs over a longer period of time on the slower Indian pitches. Lynn’s shift in mindset has been evident with a huge drop in strike rate from IPL 2017 (181) to this year’s IPL (132).
  • Kolkata will need to once again ponder bowling changes for the upcoming match against CSK as Mitch Johnson was once again expensive (0/38 from 3) and this may open the door for Tom Curran to return.

CHENNAI SUPER KINGS

Coach: Stephen Fleming

Captain: MS Dhoni

  • Chennai have climbed back up to the top of the ladder with their win over the Delhi Daredevils as their batsmen were once again destructive with veterans Shane Watson (78 from 40) and MS Dhoni (51 from 22) winding back the clock to ensure their total of 213 was too great for the Delhi side.
  • Lungi Ngidi bowled beautifully in his first match of IPL 2018 after an injury to Deepak Chahar opened up a spot in the starting XI. Ngidi started the innings well bowling two overs in the power play and returned when Risabh Pant was dominating the bowlers and claimed the important wicket to ensure Delhi could not pull off a miracle.
  • Chennai rotated somewhat last time out and they may do so again to keep the side fresh so do not be surprised to see the likes of Watson or Dhoni rested either here or at some stage soon.

THE PREDICTION

This looms as a tantalising match-up as the last time these two teams met we saw a high scoring match with both teams scoring over 200 in what ended up being a thrilling victory for Chennai. This match now has arguably more on the line than it did earlier in the season with KKR needing a win to keep the gap between themselves and RCB. This should prove to be a high-octane contest especially if rain is involved as expected and cases for both teams are strong. However, the Knight Riders have been quite inconsistent throughout the tournament whilst Chennai have been in excellent form aside from a minor hiccup against Mumbai.

Expect the experience and class of Chennai to prevail once again if the full 20 overs are played, otherwise it may be worth watching how this one plays out with the expected rain.