The Indian Premier League 2020 is heating up as we move towards the mid-stage of the tournament. Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings face off in match #21 in Abu Dhabi with nothing much to separate the sides.
Both teams have four points in the tournament so far. However, KKR have played a game lesser and have a better run-rate than CSK. With the firepower that KKR has and the experience that CSK bring, this match promises to be an exciting contest.
Kolkata Knight Riders Preview
The Knight Riders are yet to find their rhythm in the tournament. Sunil Narine and Dinesh Karthik are struggling with the bat. Andre Russell is yet to showcase the brutal power that defines his aura in the IPL. Pat Cummins isn’t there yet too, which means KKR still have a lot to offer.
Eoin Morgan and Shubman Gill are looming as better fantasy picks. Russell is always a great prospect and someone you can’t exclude from your team. Among the bowlers, Varun Chakravarthy has been offering great control for the KKR side.
Chennai Super Kings Preview
Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson romped along for a 10-wicket win in their last match. CSK look a much better outfit when their top-order fires. Without Suresh Raina the onus is on the openers and Ambati Rayudu to fire. MS Dhoni’s struggles with the bat post a question mark on his selection.
There is a school of thought that Dwayne Bravo could be benched for bringing in Lungi Ngidi. Keep an eye on that change, in case you are planning to include Bravo. The impressive Sam Curran and Shardul Thakur have been offering good control to Dhoni. Ravindra Jadeja could be a risky pick, although he’s due for a good game.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Andre Russell loves thrashing CSK bowlers around and has scored 98 in the overs 16-20 against CSK since 2018 without being dismissed!
Varun Chakravarthy has been consistent for KKR with his control offering Karthik four solid overs. With the CSK middle-order struggling to get going, another good game looms for the mystery spinner.
Faf du Plessis has been MR. Consistent for CSK this season. He is the only foreigner in the top-five batsmen of the season. That is a great tribute to his form in this season.
Kolkata Knight Riders: 1 Sunil Narine 2 Shubman Gill 3 Nitish Rana 4 Dinesh Karthik (C & WK) 5 Eoin Morgan 6 Andre Russell 7 Rahul Tripathi 8 Pat Cummins 9 Kamlesh Nagarkoti 10 Shivam Mavi 11 Varun Chakravarthy
Chennai Super Kings: 1 Faf du Plessis 2 Shane Watson 3 Ambati Rayudu 4 Kedar Jadhav 5 MS Dhoni (C & WK) 6 Ravindra Jadeja 7 Sam Curran 8 Piyush Chawla 9 Dwayne Bravo 10 Shardul Thakur 11 Deepak Chahar
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