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The hosts have made two changes to their playing eleven, bringing in Sam Billings and Shardul Thakur in place of Mark Wood and Kedar Jadhav respectively. On the other hand, the visitors have made one change by replacing Mitchell Johnson with Tom Curran.
Here is what the captains said:
“We will bowl first. We always like to chance whenever we get a chance. It’s amazing. The fans have been waiting for the last two years. It’s great to be back in Chennai. Few overs in the death and batting as a team is something we are looking to improve. Overall, as a team we would like to contribute. We have two changes. Shardul Thakur and Sam Billings come in for Mark Wood and Kedar Jadhav.”
“Toss is something we cannot control, so don’t mind batting first here. I’m from Chennai and it’s good to be here. Not many changes in the plan, some steady cricket and good aggression is what we are looking for. We have got one change. Tom Curran comes in for Mitchell Johnson.”
The upcoming game marks the return of Chennai Super Kings at the fortress MA Chidambaram Stadium. They marked their return in the league with a stunning 1-wicket in over defending champions Mumbai Indians. And the two-time champions will be keen to win their first home game of the season. However, they have a lot of issues to address before going into the game. Their batting failed in the first game before Dwayne Bravo’s magical innings took them home.
With Knight Riders in fine form, the Super Kings need to up the ante if they are to maintain their winning streak. The Super Kings enjoy a win percentage of 70.21 at home and will be looking to improve the record further.
On the other hand, the visitors will also be keen to maintain their winning run.They won their tournament-opener by 4 wickets against Royal Challengers Bangalore. In absence of their former skipper Gautam Gambhir, they showed that they can do well and another win will very much convince one and all of their abilities.
Here is the playing elevens:
Chennai Super Kings:
Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Sam Billings, MS Dhoni(w/c), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Shardul Thakur
Kolkata Knight Riders:
Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Vinay Kumar, Piyush Chawla, Tom Curran, Kuldeep Yadav