IPL T20 Fantasy Tips: CSK vs KKR Preview

Chennai Super Lings vs Kolkata Knight Riders

When Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) lock horns in the Indian Premier League 2019, it will be a battle for top-spot supremacy. Both sides have four wins in five matches and have been the most consistent sides so far. This match #23 will be played at Chepauk on Tuesday.

Chennai have the upper hand over Kolkata in this fixture, having won six of the eight matches at this venue. That includes winning the last three and CSK will hope to stop KKR in their tracks.

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MS Dhoni (156 runs, SR 124.80) leads the charts for Chennai with the bat. However, that is a reflection of how poor their top-order has been. Suresh Raina (118 runs) hasn’t yet kicked in, which is a worry for CSK.

With Dwayne Bravo out injured, Imran Tahir (seven wickets, ER 5.38) will remain their bowling leader. Deepak Chahar (five wickets, ER 6.15) has been excellent with the new ball, while Harbhajan Singh (five wickets, ER 5.58) keeps surprising with his spin exploits in Chennai.

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Kolkata are the top-scoring side in the league (RR of 10.09 per over) with hard-hitters at both ends. Three of their batsmen are in the top-12 batsmen in the tournament charts. With Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn showing signs of improved form, KKR look a very dangerous outfit.

With a rate of 15 fours and 12 sixes per match, KKR batsmen have been hitting it long and hard. Nearly 70% of the team’s runs have come via boundaries this season and that is a testimony of their strong batting. Problem, though, remains their bowling performances with all the regular bowlers struggling for control.

Fantasy Players to Watch

Suresh Raina hasn’t started the season high, as per his usual standards. However, he has 303 runs at this venue against KKR, with a SR of 153.03.

Andre Russell enjoys playing CSK and has a SR of 192.21 with 15 sixes in just four matches against them. With his recent form equally destructive, Russell could be your top fantasy pick.

Imran Tahir has been enjoying a great start to the IPL 2019 season, Especially, at home the South African leg-spinner has been a revelation.

Predicted XIs

CSK: 1 Faf du Plessis 2 Shane Watson 3 Suresh Raina 4 Ambati Rayudu 5 MS Dhoni (C & WK) 6 Kedar Jadhav 7 Ravindra Jadeja 8 Deepak Chahar 9 Scott Kuggeleijn 10 Harbhajan Singh 11 Imran Tahir

KKR: 1 Chris Lynn 2 Sunil Narine 3 Robin Uthappa 4 Nitish Rana 5 Dinesh Karthik (C & WK) 6 Shubman Gill 7 Andre Russell 8 Piyush Chawla 9 Kuldeep Yadav 10 Harry Gurney 11 Prasidh Krishna

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