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IPL 2018: 33rd Match, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Chennai Super Kings – CSK Predicted XI 

IPL 2018: 33rd Match, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Chennai Super Kings – CSK Predicted XI
Chennai continued their winning runs as they beat SRH by four runs. Credit: BCCI

Table topper Chennai Super Kings face Kolkata Knight Riders desperate for a victory to remain ahead of the race to the fourth spot.

MS Dhoni and his men have been on a roll at the moment. The match is scheduled to be a nail-biter.

This is because KKR would come all guns blazing at Eden Gardens to avenge the loss at Chennai earlier last month.

Here’s the predicted XI of CSK.

Shane Watson

Shane Watson Chennai IPL 2018
Shane Watson sad as IPL games moves out of Chepauk. Credit: BCCI

Opening the batting for the Chennai Super Kings, Shane Watson have been a delight to watch. He ripped apart the Delhi Daredevils bowling with his 40-ball 78.

Even though Watto was on the expensive side in the match, he has shown tremendous value for Chennai Super Kings with the ball.

Faf du Plessis

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Faf du Plessis of the Chennai Superkings. Photo by Saikat Das /SPORTZPICS for BCCI

 

Du Plessis was not able to time the ball initially but began to dominate later on for his run a ball 33. However, the South African is too good a player to be warming the benches.

Ambati Rayudu might well make a comeback at the opening slot, giving way for Sam Billings for Du Plessis.

Suresh Raina

Suresh Raina IPL 2018
Suresh Raina is an IPL legend, says Harsha Bhogle.

Raina began to display his true colours in IPL cricket with his silky knock against arch-rivals Mumbai Indians.

The elegant southpaw missed out against Delhi the other night and would be eager to make it count against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens.

Ambati Rayudu

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Ambati Rayudu has been unstoppable this season. Credits: IPL.

The revelation of the season, Ambati Rayudu, has been earning a lot of adulation, all-round the globe, regarding his place in the Indian side.

However, Mumbai Indians would be kicking themselves to release the orange cap holder of the tournament and being placed at the bottom of the barrel.

Plus, the release of him along with Shane Watson from the Rajasthan Royals, for Smith, proved to be costly for Royals and MI, while Chennai Super Kings is reaping rewards for their loss.

MS Dhoni

MS Dhoni IPL 2018
MS Dhoni scored 51* off 22 balls against DD in Pune. Image Courtesy: BCCI

The turnaround story of the tournament, MSD has silenced all his critics of being a slow-starter and consuming way too many deliveries before getting started.

Also, MS showed that he is the boss of IPL with the longest hit of the tournament so far, against Delhi. Like Rayudu, Dhoni has been registering successive half-centuries.

Ravindra Jadeja

Ravindra Jadeja CSK IPL 2018
Ravindra Jadeja of the Chennai Superkings. Photo by: Ron Gaunt / IPL/ SPORTZPICS

Jaddu has been neat with the ball so far and surprisingly has been moderately used in the tournament, due to the variety on the side.

Dwayne Bravo

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Interestingly, DJ Bravo was taken to the cleaners by the Delhi batsmen as he conceded 43 in three overs at the rate of 14 rpo.

Bravo was made to feel the wrath of the bat of Vijay Shankar at the death. And also, Rishabh Pant earlier.

Also, the likes of MS Dhoni and Ambai Rayudu have been so good in the middle order that Bravo and Jadeja have been not used much with the bat.

Karn Sharma

Karn Sharma | Indian cricket team |
Karn Sharma (Photo Source: Twitter)

Sharma was played in the game against DD in place of the wicket-taking option of Imran Tahir. Interestingly, wasn’t needed with the ball and was only their fielding for CSK.

Maybe, it was may be due to the presence of Pant, that Dhoni did not encourage him the ball coming into the left-hander. Which has been proved as a misconception of Dhoni’s school of captaincy.

Harbhajan Singh

Harbhajan Singh Chennai Super Kings IPL 2018
Harbhajan Singh is likely to lead CSK if Dhoni skips a game. Image Courtesy: BCCI.

Bhajji has been bringing in all his experience for the Chennai Super Kings. Yet again, he was economical in the game against Delhi.

Lungi Ngidi

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Lungi Ngidi of Chennai Super Kings. Photo by: Prashant Bhoot /SPORTZPICS for BCCI.

It was good to see Ngidi, through a difficult time of his personal life, with the demise of his father, was still able to smile after clinching his first IPL wicket.

Additionally, CSK fans would love to see more of this upcoming star from the country producing the likes of Rabada and Steyn.

Shardul Thakur

Shardul Thakur IPL 2018
Shardul Thakur missed out on the match against Delhi. Image Courtesy: BCCI.

Thakur should be made to use most of the wicket at Kolkata, renowned to produce seamer-friendly tracks this season.

However, there was something about Asif which makes you think he might have another look at. Unlike his figures, Asif impressed in patches before taken to the cleaners by young Pant, Iyer and Shaw earlier.

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