Chennai Super Kings will face off against Kolkata Knight Riders in the 38th match of the Indian Premier League. The IPL 2021 season has produced some great matches already. This could be another such hard-fought contest between two sides keen on a top-four finish. CSK have a clear advantage over their rivals and will want to impress once again.
Chennai Super Kings
After a stunning win against Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings gained a lot confidence. The team, after recording their worst IPL season in 2020 as per Google cricket, are aiming to finish in the top two this year. They are stacked at the top with Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad. Then comes the likes of Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni. In the hands of Ravindra Jadeja and Sam Curran, the side also has a strong finishers.
CSK squad: Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Robin Uthappa, N Jagadeesan, MS Dhoni (c), Cheteshwar Pujara, Hari Nishanth, Dwayne Bravo, Bhagath Varma, Krishnappa Gowtham, Mitchell Santner, Moeen Ali, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Deepak Chahar, Harishankar Reddy, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, KM Asif, Lungi Ngidi, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Shardul Thakur, Jason Behrendorff
Kolkata Knight Riders:
The Kolkata Knight Riders came to the UAE leg after losing five in seven games. Bad news for Kolkata was when Pat Cummins opted out of the UAE leg. But now that he’s been replaced by Tim Southee, the side looks balanced. However, KKR continued with Lockie Ferguson, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine and skipper Eoin Morgan as their four overseas options. The batting mainly depends on their Indian talent in Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi at the top and then Dinesh Karthik as a finisher.
Kolkata Knight Riders Squad: Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Sunil Narine, Eoin Morgan(c), Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik(w), Lockie Ferguson, Shivam Mavi, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy, Harbhajan Singh, Tim Southee, Shakib Al Hasan, Ben Cutting, Karun Nair, Pawan Negi, Kuldeep Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Sheldon Jackson, Sandeep Warrier, Tim Seifert, Rinku Singh, Venkatesh Iyer, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Vaibhav Arora
Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders have faced each other 25 times in the IPL. Chennai have won 15 matches while Kolkata have won on 8 occasions.
Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings have some of the league’s biggest names. However, when these teams lock horns, only one amongst West Indies stars Dwayne Bravo or Andre Russell win. And with a look at form, it is likely that the former enjoys a fine win.
Date and Time:
September 26, 2021 (Sunday), 3:30 PM IST
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi