The Chennai Super Kings will be facing off against Kolkata Knight Riders in the 61th match of the Indian Premier league 2023. The match will be played at the MA Chidambaram Cricket Stadium in Chennai, starting at 7:30 PM IST.
The Chennai Super Kings are on a roll, winning matches with a consistent momentum as they are getting towards the tail end of the tournament. They also seem to be peaking at the right time. Their team combinations have the right blend of players that creates a balance and a recipe for success.
Performing different set of roles in their batting and their bowling puts their team in adequate shape. They no doubt are in a great head space, specially their captain MS Dhoni, who may be facing fewer balls but he seems to be having a good enough impact with the bat in front of the stumps. The most recent example of that is the innings which he played on 10th of May against the Delhi Capitals, where he got 20 runs of 9 balls, facilitating the Chennai Super kings to a score of over 160 against Delhi Capitals. which led them to get a 27 run victory over Delhi Capitals.
Now let’s talk about the opposing team Kolkata Knight Riders. First on the check list would be to get a good opening stand between their two openers, which they have not been able to maintain on a consistent basis in the tournament. if they manage to do that it will put less pressure on their middle order and they be able to go out there and express themselves freely and get to defendable score.
The next challenge for the Kolkata Knight Riders will be to fulfil their ambitions of beating Chennai Super Kings in their home ground Chennai. It will prove to be a fortress for Chennai which is hard to Breach. As for as the Kolkata knight Riders bowling goes they have been absolutely exceptional with the ball and should stick to it as tight as possible.
TFG Fantasy Stars for CSK vs KKR
Chennai Super Kings:
Ruturaj Galkwad is a classily and a technically correct player. He can play a brilliantly good straight drive past mid-on. He can play a brilliant square drive though deepest square leg, can pull and hook the ball way over fine leg on the onside region. He plays a very delicate late cut through third-man against off-spin bowling and also hits the ball straight over long off with the spin. Ruturaj Galkwad is a bright prospect for the future and has played 47 matches, scored 1,615 runs with a batting average of 40.80 and a strike rate of 147.29. in his Indian Premier League career so far.
Devon Conway is a destructive batsman who can play a smashing cover drive through the covers and plays the pickup flick terrifically well over the onside. He can also play an outstanding slog sweep over mid-wicket. When Devon Conway is on a roll, he is a very difficult batsman to content. He has played 18 matches, scored 720. runs with a batting average of 52.00 and a strike rate of 136.84. in his Indian Premier League career so far.
MS Dhoni also known as mahi can built the ball hard straight over mid-on and can also cut the ball hard through offside with tennis power. He can send the ball a long-way back over long-off with minimum effort. MS D is also bankable behind the stumps and has played 245. matches, scored 5,074. runs with a batting average of 48.00. and a strike rate of 204.26. in his Indian Premiere League career so far.
Kolkata Knight Riders:
Rahmanullah Gurbaz can strike the ball hard straight over the top of mid-off. He can also play a gorgeous looking cover drive through covers and a lovely conventional sweep shot. In between square leg and mid-wicket Rahmanullah Gurbaz is a very dangerous batter who has played 8 matches, scored 198. runs with a batting average of 24.75. and a strike rate of 142.45. in his Indian Premier League career so far.
Jason Roy plays the pull shot expertly well in front of mid-wicket and can play the cut shot with brute power through the off side. He flicks the ball through straightish mid-on using his wrist through the ball. The guy who can destroy the confidence of any bowler on his day has played 18 matches, scored 547. runs with a batting average of 43.60. and a strike rate of 159.12. in his Indian Premier League career so far.
Nitish Rana cuts the ball over third-man with delectable ese and can play the pull shot with authenticity in front of mid-wicket and square leg. Nitish Rana can play a delightful cover drive over covers with the spin and can also play a very well placed paddle sweep through fine leg on the leg side. He has played 102. matches, scored 2,507. runs with the bat with a batting average of 29.64. and a strike rate of 146.85. in his Indian Premier League career.
Possible 11: CSK
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Ajinkya Rahane, Shivam Dube, Moeen Ali, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni, Ben Stokes, Tushar Deshpande. Maheesh Theekshana, Mathesha Pathirana.
Possible 11: KKR
Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Jason Roy, Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Venkatesh Iyer, Rinku Singh, Shardul Thakur, David Wiese, Sunil Narine, Varun Chakaravarthy, Suyash Sharma.
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