Chennai Super Kings are a difficult team to beat on any surface, but especially at home, where MS Dhoni uses his spinners and diverse death bowlers to great success. CSK are heavy favourites to defeat KKR.
Head-to-head record, CSK v KKR
Chennai has a 19-win advantage over Kolkata Knight Riders in head-to-head matches. Chennai defeated Kolkata earlier this season at Eden Gardens.
The conditions at Chepauk will largely benefit spinners, but because it is a night game, the chasing team will still have an advantage. The team that wins the toss may bowl first.
Chennai Super Kings have been ruthless against weaker opponents, whereas Kolkata have had a disappointing season. Chennai has a better than 70% chance of winning.
The average score here is 165-170 in Chepauk for night games in the IPL, but with the quality of spinners in either
Pitch and conditions
The pitch is favourable for batters at night, but spinners would be in play all night with enough turn and low bounce.
Players to keep an eye on…
CSK Predicted playing XI:
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Ajinkya Rahane, Ambati Rayudu, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Moeen Ali, MS Dhoni, Deepak Chahar, Maheesh Theekshana, Matheesha Pathirana
KKR Predicted playing XI:
Jason Roy, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Shardul Thakur, Anukul Roy, Harshit Rana, Varun Chakaravarthy
Ruturaj Gaikwad: To counter KKR’s spinners, Chennai needs its best spin hitter to step up, and Gaikwad, who is ready for a huge knock, could be the guy to rely on.
Suyash Sharma: The leg-spinner has mostly gone unnoticed, but on this Chepauk pitch, he might cause problems for CSK batters in the middle overs.