The Chennai Super Kings made a good start by registering a memorable victory against the defending Champions, Mumbai Indians in the curtain raiser game of IPL 2018. The Kolkata Knight Riders indeed made it against Royal Challengers Bangalore.Match Begins In:
Both the teams will play the fifth game of IPL at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai. In spite of agitations by the political groups in Tamil Nadu, this game is the most anticipated one for both the teams and the spectators.
The sweet coincidence between both the teams is, the Caribbean players Dwayne Bravo and Sunil Narine gifted the victory for their teams by their outstanding performances and won the man of the match awards.
Kedar Jadhav may be replaced by Murali Vijay as Jadhav suffered a hamstring injury during the first game. Mark Wood may be substituted by Lungi Ngidi and Ambati Rayudu will open the game. From the Kolkata Knight Riders, Vinay Kumar may be replaced by Kamlesh Nagarkoti.
Chenna Super Kings
MS Dhoni(captain and wicketkeeper), Lunig Ngidi, Dwayne Bravo, Ambati Rayudu, Murali Vijay,
Shane Watson, Imran Tahir, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh and Suresh Raina.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Dinesh Karthik(captain and wicketkeeper), Nitish Rana, Sunil Narine, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Robin Uthappa, Chris Lynn, Andre Russell, Mitchell Johnson, Rinku Singh, Kuldeep Yadav and Piyush Chawla.
The recovery of Chris Lynn boosted the confidence levels of the team. He did not do well in the first game and expressed confidence in making a good score in the game against Chennai Super Kings.
He changed the picture of the game in favor of Chennai Super Kings by his all-round performance in the first game. He is expected to keep up his mesmerizing performance in the upcoming games.
He is capable to encash power plays and death overs to make a huge score. He is the highest scorer in the IPL. He is expected to hit some knocks in the game against the KKR.
He played the captain innings against the Royal Challengers Bangalore to make a stand along with Nitish Rana.
He made some glimpses in the first game and shown his impact on the result of the match with his all-round performance after serving a ban period of one year. He is called the best all-rounder for KKR.
Head to Head
The team faced each other in 17 IPL games and CSK won 10 games and KKR won 6 games. The highest score of CSK against KKR is 200/3 in 2013 and CSK won this game by 14 runs. The highest score of KKR against CSK is 192/5 at Chennai in 2012. KKR won the game by 5 wickets.
CSK’s lowest score against KKR is 114/4 and KKR won by 10 runs in the DLS method in 2010. The lowest score of KKR against CSK is 109/10 in 2010 and CSK won by 55 runs.
The CSK has the home advantage for the fifth game of IPL 2018. The team is well-balanced in all the departments and it is hard to encounter the yellow army on its home ground. The Kolkata Knight Riders are over-reliant on the top-order and the spinners and lack top-quality speedsters.