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IPL 2018 MATCH 5 | CSK vs KKR | FANFIGHT PREVIEW

IPL 2018 MATCH 5 | CSK vs KKR | FANFIGHT PREVIEW

VANTAGE POINT

The Kings return to their homeland. No, this is not a mythical reference. The Chennai Super Kings come home after a lengthy 2-year gap. It’ll be CSK vs KKR, the clash of the champions for the 5th game of the Indian Premier League. Chennai Super Kings won the first game, courtesy a blinder from Dwayne Bravo while the Kolkata Knight Riders cruised past the Royal Challengers in a comfortable run chase. Both the teams have won the IPL twice and will look to draw a positive two out of this fixture.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

OVERALL IN THE IPL

AT THE MA CHIDAMBARAM STADIUM

PLAYED

19

PLAYED

7

CHENNAI SUPER KINGS

11

CHENNAI SUPER KINGS

5

KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS

7

KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS

2

PITCH CONDITIONS

The Chennai pitch tends to offer more assistance to spinners than the pacers. However, with the new ball, the sea breeze might help the pacers to generate some swing. The average score here batting first is 166, but the way things have panned out so far, anything less than 170-180 will be an easy target for the side batting second.

STATS AT MA CHIDAMBARAM STADIUM

Average 1st innings score

166

Average 2nd innings score

151

Highest total recorded

246/5 by CSK vs RR

Lowest total recorded

112/10 by CSK vs MI

TEAM NEWS

For CSK, Kedhar Jadhav was injured in the first game and his stint in the IPL 2108 is over. This now opens a middle-order slot which is likely to be taken by Ambati Rayudu. Murali Vijay is expected to open the innings with Shane Watson.

Mark Wood was smashed for 49 runs in 4 overs in his last game. Lungi Ngidi is a plausible inclusion but Dhoni has always shown trust in his players and to drop him after one bad game would be a harsh call.

KKR are likely to field the same eleven that trounced the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

SQUADS

CHENNAI SUPER KINGS

MS Dhoni(c), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf du Plessis, Harbhajan Singh, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif, Kanishk Seth, Lungi Ngidi, Dhruv Shorey, Murali Vijay, Sam Billings, Mark Wood, Kshitiz Sharma, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur, N Jagadeesan.

KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS

Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Dinesh Karthik(c), Robin Uthappa, Mitchell Johnson, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Shubman Gill, Ishank Jaggi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Nitish Rana, Vinay Kumar, Apoorv Wankhade, Rinku Singh, Shivam Mavi, Cameron Delport, Javon Searles, Tom Curran

PROBABLE PLAYING XI

CHENNAI SUPER KINGS

M Vijay, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (c/wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Mark Wood, Imran Tahir.

KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS

Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c/wk), Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Mitchell Johnson, Kuldeep Yadav, Vinay Kumar.

PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR

Sunil Narine has been a revelation, surprisingly with the bat. Narine is only 4 wickets away from 100 IPL wickets but his flourish at the top of the order has been a huge positive for KKR. He’s 5th on the list of players with the highest strike-rate. Narine in the 33 innings he’s batted scores 158.12 runs per hundred balls.

His new action didn’t cause him much trouble either. 4/30 in 4 overs against RCB indicated his return to some miserly spells. The wickets column, however, will get better as the tournament progresses.

In 83 matches Narine has picked 96 wickets @ 21.46, economy 6.34 

Dwayne Bravo smashed the leather off the white kookaburra in CSK’s first game. The all-rounder from Trinidad and Tobago smashed 68 off 30 with 7 monstrous hits over the fence.

Bravo in the IPL has scored 1306 runs with a strike-rate of 128.92 and has picked 122 wickets in 107 matches. The last over Bravo bowled against MI was a testament to how good a T20 bowler he is.

FANFIGHT’S FANTASY TEAM FOR CSK vs KKR

TEAM 1

TEAM 2

TRICKY BUT HANDY OPTIONS

Andre Russell doesn’t make the cut in the teams but he’s a viable option and can win games single-handedly. In the IPL Russell strikes at 172.22, the highest ever.

Chennai’s track offers tweakers assistance. Imran Tahir and Kuldeep Yadav ought to make it to FanFight’s fantasy team.

Ambati Rayudu might be a lesser picked player but has all the potential to be a match-winner. He would make a really smart option.

DID YOU KNOW?

Dinesh Karthik has the most dismissals for a wicket-keeper in the IPL. Karthik has 106(80 catches and 26 stumpings) in 137 innings.

Sunil Narine needs only 4 wickets to reach the 3 figure mark. Narine will be the 11th bowler to reach a century of wickets.

MS Dhoni has captained in 144 IPL games(the highest), 20 more than Gautam Gambhir with a 58.74 winning percentage.

Dwayne Bravo has 413 T20 wickets, the most in world cricket. Narine is at number 3 with 317 scalps.

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