Time: Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 8 pm IST
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Where to Watch Live: Set Max & Sony Six
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With flip-flops, the 2012 champions Kolkata Knight Riders are slowly staging back to the centre stage with the right combination of skills by their players who have done good in the last few days, especially the second half of the Indian leg. In the last match, KKR scored fourth consecutive victory after defeating the Sunrisers Hyderabad by 7 wickets.
The Chennai Super Kings, who remained on the top along with the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL 2014 standings since the second week of IPL 2014, however, lost to their surprise to the visitors from Bangalore or Virat Kohli’s men.
KKR’s skipper Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa should re-orient the team’s batting plans as the opening pair, they have to lay a solid foundation, with at least one of them leading well into the second half of the innings.
Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum occupy the top two spots in CSK’s batting charts; the two openers have contributed close to half of the runs scored by the team this season. Apart from batting together as a pair, the openers have to sustain throughout the innings. That strategy has worked well in the past and they will want to put it to use once again. As McCullum heads back home to be with his wife for their child’s birth, the team should gear up for his absence. Suresh Raina is an important player in CSK’s batting plans as the left-hander revels playing in the limited overs format.
On the bowling front, the focus will be on the battle between the spinners. KKR have Sunil Narine, Piyush Chawla and Shakib Al Hasan to exploit the conditions, while CSK have R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Samuel Badree in their ranks. The team that scores more runs off the opposition’s spin attack is more likely to prevail.
Six of the eight Pepsi IPL matches played at the Eden Gardens last season were won by the team chasing. The average first-innings total in those eight matches was 148.
CSK may win as they have to avenge their loss in the last match but KKR may make it tough that too on their home ground.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (c), Sunil Narine, Jacques Kallis, Robin Uthappa, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Umesh Yadav, Vinay Kumar, Morne Morkel, Piyush Chawla, Manish Pandey, Veer Pratap Singh, Chris Lynn, Andre Russell, Sayan Sekhar Mandal, Pat Cummins, Debabrata Das, Suryakumar Yadav, Manvinder Bisla, Ryan ten Doeschate, Kuldeep Yadav.
Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (c), Suresh Raina, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Dwayne Smith, Ashish Nehra, Mohit Sharma, Samuel Badree, Ben Hilfenhaus, Matt Henry, B Aparajith, Mithun Manhas, Ishwar Pandey, Pawan Negi, Vijay Shankar, Ronit More, and John Hastings.