IPL 2019: CSK vs KKR match preview – Table toppers face each other for number 1 position

CSK vs KKR match preview Highlights:

  • CSK and KKR will clash against each other on April 9, Tuesday at 8:00 pm
  • The toss will take place at 7:30 pm along with the announcement of the team sheets. The match will get broadcast on Star Sports 1,2, Hindi/HD
  • Both the sides have won four out of their five matches to occupy the first and second place in the table with 8 points. A win for either will take the side to an outright first position today

CSK vs KKR match preview

IPL 2019: CSK vs KKR match preview

Dwindling spectators, lapses in view interest and a fizzling lack of outstanding spectacular performances have seen the Indian Premier League fizzle out over the past week. Come Tuesday, the organizers will be wishing that when the first and second placed sides in the table take on each other, the fight will be tough and tight, helping rekindle interest with a competitive, edge of the seat thriller.

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At 8:00 pm today, CSK who sit on a second place, just behind KKR on net run-rate with both the sides on 8 points after 5 matches will look to occupy the top spot in the table when they play KKR on familiar conditions. Well aware of the low nature of the surface this venue provides, the match is expected to be an evenly contested one with both units operating with 3 specialist spinners in their ranks.

IPL 2019: CSK vs KKR match preview

While it will be Jadeja, Harbhajan, and Imran for CSK, KKR will have Kuldeep, Narine, and Piyush to extract everything out of a pitch that has come under heavy flak owing to its sluggish, slow and low nature. It’s one where the ball turns massively, sharply coming into the batsmen at a treacherous trajectory as the ball takes shape and drifts, making strokeplay a treacherous ask.

What will play in CSK’s favour on the day is their heavy batting line-up that is more adept to playing spin. With Faf du Plessis replacing Bravo whose been ruled out for 2 weeks owing to an injury, CSK’s batting order has been bolstered with depth and players who are aware of building the true foundation of an innings.

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Coming off wins in their previous matches with CSK defeating Punjab at the same venue and KKR defeating MI, this match should make for an interesting watch. The side winning the toss could look to bat first, a decision just opted for 3 times this season and make the most of a pitch on which cracks will eventually widen as play progresses. It should be a relatively low scoring encounter and the better spin department will spin the way to an alluring win for their side.

Probable XI

CSK

Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (c)(wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Scott Kuggeleijn.

KKR

IPL 2019: CSK vs KKR match preview

Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (C & WK), Shubman Gill, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Harry Gurney, Shrikant Mundhe.

Squads

Here are the squad for both the teams:

CSK: MS Dhoni (Captain/wicket-keeper), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Murali Vijay, Kedar Jadhav, Sam Billings, Ravindra Jadeja, Dhruv Shorey, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Rituraj Gaikwad, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Mohit Sharma, K.M. Asif, Deepak Chahar, N. Jagadeesan, Scott Kuggeleign.

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KKR: Dinesh Karthik (capt), Robin Uthappa, Chris Lynn, Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Sunil Narine, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Nitish Rana, Nikhil Naik, Joe Denly, Shrikant Mundhe, Sandeep Warrier, Prasidh Krishna, Lockie Ferguson, Harry Gurney, KC Cariappa and Yarra Prithviraj

Match Details

Television – Star Sports 1,2, Hindi, Select HD 1/HD

Date- April 9, 2019: CSK Vs KKR Match Number 23

Match Timings – 8:00 pm IST, Toss at 7:30 pm

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