Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight riders will face each other at Eden Gardens , Kolkata in the 2nd encounter in IPL today. Both the teams will have a lot at stake. A win for the Kolkata Knightriders will strengthen their chances of making into the semi finals and a win for Chennai will boost their chances of getting into the knockout stage as the Top 2 teams of the IPL. Getting into the knock outs as top2 just gives you an extra shot at the semi finals.
Kolkata Knightriders has come back to form after a horrible start to their IPL campaign. It is amazing to see how this team starts so badly every season and picks at the right time. This was what happened in IPL5, when they won the title for the first time.
On the other hand , Chennai SUperKings has been very consistent team since the first season of the IPL.
Strong Points: Kolkata’s opening stand has been the leading factor for their revival. Gautam Gambhir came good after 3 consecutive ducks and Uthappa has shown a lot of maturity in his shots selection. The fact that this match is is Kolkata just add another advantage to Kolkata. They have been boosted by Yusuf Pathan coming back to form. Kolkata will have their task cut out in the spin friendly track and their spin attack , led by mystery spinner Sunil Narine will make it tough for Chennai batsman.
On the other hand, it has been an all round show for the CSK team, led by the openers . Suresh Raina and Dhoni has been taking guard of the middle order . Chennai also has a decent spin attack , along with some some useful part time spinners.
Weak Points: Both the teams do not seem to have any prior weak point now, after having sorted out their line up by the business end of the tournament. But the absence of Brendon McCullum, who has gone back for his national duties, will affect the CSK line up, as David Hussey will take a bit more to settle down as he has been out of the game for a bit now.
Team News: Kolkata Knightriders will be going with the same line up whereas Chennai will be making a forced change. duPlesis will be coming in for McCullum , after the latter was rested for the previous encounter.
Both the teams are even on paper, but the absence of Brendon McCullum and the home conditions will give the Kolkata Knightriders an edge over the Chennai SuperKings. Also, the fact that the pitch is expected to be spin friendly helps Kolkata’s cause. They have 3 front line spinners and well backed by a more than a part timer,Yusuf Pathan. But the difference will be Sunil Narine.
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