Losing a match on the boundary count after the scores are tied even in the Super Over makes you disappoint. Especially when you needed 16 going into the last two overs of your chase with six wickets in hand. Just five days before going down in same fashion to Rajasthan Royals, Kolkata Knight Riders done to their opposition Royal Challengers Bangalore, who needed 29 off 26 with eight wickets remaining but were ended short by two runs. As their coach Trevor Bayliss put it, Knight Riders have seen the “highs and lows” of the T20 format in these two games.
The UAE was almost exclusively low for Gautam Gambhir, but he broke his horror run of 0, 0, 0 & 1 by making 45 against Royals. While he did consume 44 deliveries, his knock has to be a big positive for Knight Riders just as the IPL shifts back to India. Gambhir and his side have had just two days to recover from that Super Over, and also shift base from the UAE to Ranchi.
Their opponents, Chennai Super Kings, are in familiar position almost close to the top of the table with four wins from five games. Only Glenn Maxwell has been able to calm them down so far. This is the first time they will be playing an IPL match in their captain’s hometown. Ranchi has already voted in the ongoing federal election; it has to be seen what will be the turnout with the local hero on show.
Indian Premier League – 2014: Match 21 – Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders, at JSC International Cricket Stadium Complex, Ranchi. May 2, 2014, Start time 20:00 (Local Time), 14:30 (GMT).
Head-to-Head in T20’s:
CSK has a better record over KKR with winning 8 among the 12 games they both played.
Pitch and Weather Report:
The pitch supports a bowling a bit with even spin and pace. Dew factor will come into play as in India we see that a lot and toss could be deciding the fate of the match.
Chennai Super Kings have getting everything right till. After their loss in 1st game they have made changes to their squad. Since then they have been playing with same squad as they won all the game after that. If they think the pitch may help spinner they will think of bringing Samuel Badree.
Chennai Super Kings’ Possible Playing XI:
Kolkata even after the loss might not think of changing their squad much. As Bisla failed last game Pathan may come back. Based on the pitch they will try to bring Vinay Kumar too.
Kolkata Knight Riders’ Possible Playing XI:
1 Gautam Gambhir (capt), 2 Jacques Kallis, 3 Manish Pandey, 4 Robin Uthappa (wk), 5 Yusuf Pathan, 6 Shakib Al Hasan, 7 Suryakumar Yadav, 8 Vinay Kumar, 9 Piyush Chawla, 10 Sunil Narine, 11 Morne Morkel