Abu Dhabi: Despite the presence of star players, Kolkata Knight Riders, who have not yet performed as expected, will face Chennai Super Kings on Wednesday in the Indian Premier League match.
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Kolkata Knight Riders
The match will also be no less than a litmus test for captain Dinesh Karthik, who has yet to play both the captaincy and batting fronts this season. KKR bought England’s World Cup winner captain Eoin Morgan but retained Karthik as the captain. Karthik has been able to score 37 runs in 4 matches so far and some of his decisions also proved to be wrong, due to which he remains the target of critics.
He went on to bat himself before Morgan and Andre Russell and started the innings with Sunil Narine in place of Tom Banton, who did well in the Big Bash League, while Narine is also not in form. At the same time, Banton is compared to Kevin Peterson. Naren has scored just 27 runs in 4 matches and now there is a dire need for change. KKR have many good bowlers but Karthik could not use them properly. At the same time, the poor form of Pat Cummins has also raised concerns.
In Sharjah, even though the teams are scoring beyond 200, the performance of bowlers in close matches proves to be decisive. Morgan and Rahul Tripathi had taken close to victory against Delhi but Delhi bowlers were heavy in the death overs. Karthik will have to rely on his bowlers, especially on Indian team spinner Kuldeep Yadav. They have not been fully utilized yet and they were not even in the team against Delhi.
Kolkata Knight Riders Possible Playing XI: Shubman Gill, Sunil Narine, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (captain and wicketkeeper), Andre Russell, Eoin Morgan, Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagerkoti, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakraborty
Complete team of Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (captain and wicketkeeper), Andre Russell, Kamlesh Nagerkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Nitish Rana, famous Krishna, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Shubman Gill, Siddhesh Lad, Sunil Naren, Pat Cummins, Eoin Morgan, Varun Chakraborty, Tom Banton, Rahul Tripathi, Chris Green, M Siddharth, Nikhil Naik, Ali Khan.
Chennai team is returning to rhythm after 3 consecutive defeats. Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s team will now be desperate to make it to the top 4. Dhoni continued to rely on Shane Watson, who scored an unbeaten 83 off 53 balls in the last match. Chennai won by 10 wickets with a record 181-run partnership between Watson and Faf du Plessy against Kings XI Punjab.
Chennai Super Kings probable playing XI: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessi, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (captain and wicketkeeper), Kedar Jadhav, Ravidran Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Sam Curren, Shardul Thakur, Piyush Chawla, Deepar Chahar
Full team of Chennai Superkings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain, wicketkeeper), Murali Vijay, Ambati Rayudu, Faf du Plessy, Shane Watson, Kedar Jadhav, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Lungi Ngidi, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Imran Tahir, Mitchell Sentner, Josh Hazlewood, Shardul Thakur, Sam Curren, N Jagadishan, KM Asif, Monu Kumar, R Sai Kishore, Rituraj Gaikwad, Karn Sharma.
Match Start Time: Indian time today at 7:30 pm
field: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi