IPL 2019 - Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders - Match Preview

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IPL 2019: Match 23 – CSK vs KKR – Match Preview, Prediction, Weather, Pitch, Predicted XI, Stats 

IPL 2019: Match 23 – CSK vs KKR – Match Preview, Prediction, Weather, Pitch, Predicted XI, Stats
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Two of the strongest contenders of the Indian Premier League 2019, Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders will lock horns with each other. Knight Riders is at the culmination of the points table whereas Chennai Super Kings is at the second position. In fact, both teams had won their respective previous matches and would like to continue the same. We take a look at Match Preview, Prediction, Weather, Pitch, Predicted XI, Stats.

Meanwhile, Chennai Super Kings had snatched the win from the jaws of defeat against Kings XI Punjab. Chennai was without their specialist death bowler – Dwayne Bravo, however, his absence wasn’t felt. The spinners – Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir and Ravindra Jadeja were once again right on the money.

IPL final venue decision after checking with Chennai

Chennai has been phenomenal once again.

In fact, all three of them have made most of their experience and they have ticked the right boxes. In the previous match against Kings XI Punjab, they had bowled 12 overs and had conceded only 59 runs. Thus, the spin battery has done a great job for CSK.

Meanwhile, Faf du Plessis who had played his maiden match of the season against Kings XI Punjab had scored a fine fifty. du Plessis brings experience to the table and he was able to hit the ground running.

As often is the case, MS Dhoni had provided the finishing touches as he bludgeoned 23-ball 37. Dhoni had got his team to a fighting score and his knock had turned out to be the difference.

KKR has ticked the right boxes.

On the other hand, Kolkata Knight Riders had shown in the previous match that they are not solely dependent on the shoulders of Andre Russell. Just like Chennai Super Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders’ success leans on their spinners. Piyush Chawla, Sunil Narine and Kuldeep Yadav had combined to bowl 12 overs in the previous match and leaked only 74 runs.

IPL 2019, RR vs KKR, Match Preview
Knight Riders. (Photo: Kuntal Chakrabarty/IANS)


Ergo, the spinners are the spine of both the team’s success. Subsequently, Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine had continued their penchant of hitting quick runs. They catapulted their innings in the fifth gear and both of them were driving their super fast cars on a free-flowing expressway.

Meanwhile, Andre Russell has turned three matches on its head for KKR. He has been the perfect rescue man of the team and has grabbed his opportunities with both hands. Required run of over 12 looks like a cakewalk for the big man and he is continuing to impress with his pyrotechnics.

Detailed Match Preview.

Date and Venue:

Date Venue
09 April 2019
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

Chennai Super Kings’ Predicted XI:

Players Role
Ambati Rayudu Batsman
Shane Watson All-Rounder
Suresh Raina Batsman
Kedar Jadhav Batsman
MS Dhoni (c) WK/Batsman
Faf du Plessis Batsman
Ravindra Jadeja All-Rounder
Harbhajan Singh Bowler
Imran Tahir Bowler
Shardul Thakur Bowler
Deepak Chahar Bowler


Kolkata Knight Riders Predicted XI:

Playing XI Role
Sunil Narine All-Rounder
Chris Lynn Batsman
Robin Uthappa Batsman
Shubman Gill Batsman
Dinesh Karthik(C/Wk) Batsman
Andre Russell All-Rounder
Piyush Chawla Spinner
Kuldeep Yadav Spinner
Prasidh Krishna Bowler
Lockie Ferguson Bowler
Nitish Rana Batsman

Head to Head in IPL:

Total Matches: 21, Won by CSK: 12, Won by KKR: 8, Tie: 1.

Pitch Conditions:

The Chepauk track is known to assist the spinners. In fact, the pitch which has been on offer thus far in the season has assisted the spinners. Furthermore, the track can be on the slower side. A target of more than 160 is always competitive here and the team batting second will hold its wood on the other team.

Chennai Super Kings, Kings Xi Punjab
Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

Weather Conditions:

It is going to be another hot day in Chennai. The temperature is going to stay around 35-degree Celsius and the players are going to have a tough day in the field. However, the players will have a sign of relief as the match will take place in the night.

Match Prediction:

It would be a close match as two of the potent sides will lock horns. Chennai is going to have the home advantage and they would like to once go at the top of the points table. Meanwhile, it could be the best match of the season as both teams will like to come up with their best.


Suresh Raina needs another 49 runs to leapfrog Virat Kohli from the top position of leading run-scorer in IPL history.

Andre Russell is one wicket away from taking 50 wickets in IPL. He will become the first KKR fast bowler to take 50 or more wickets.

Piyush Chawla needs another six wickets to complete 150 IPL wickets.

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