Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s LIVE coverage of Match 21 of IPL 2020 between Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
Toss: Kolkata Knight Riders wins toss, elects to bat first.
Chennai Super Kings: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w/c), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Sam Curran, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar
Kolkata Knight Riders: Shubman Gill, Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Eoin Morgan, Pat Cummins, Rahul Tripathi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy
Dinesh Karthik: We’ll bat first. In the last two games when we batted first we did a good job. We have gone back and see what we can do. We’re playing the same XI.
MS Dhoni: We’ve been chasing all this while anyway. We’ve had a few bad games and a few good ones, but we’re ready to do anything. As the tournament progresses, you adapt to new questions and that is what happened in the last game. He openers’ approach was great to see. We have one change – Karn Sharma instead of Piyush Chawla.
Pitch Report: “It’s the same pitch that was used yesterday. It is the fullish length that has gone for runs on this ground. The ball does move around a little bit with the good hard length and that little movement is enough in T20s. There is decent carry, there are a few more cracks but the grass is holding it well together. There shouldn’t be much help for the spinners. It looks a very good cricketing pitch. There isn’t a lot of dew, so win the toss and bat first,” reckon Deep Dasgupta and Ajit Agarkar.
It will be the first time that Brendon McCullum and Stephen Fleming will go up against each other as coaches of KKR and CSK!
Overall, Chennai has won the IPL title thrice, while Kolkata has lifted the trophy two times. The sides faced off against each other in the 2012 final, in which KKR won by five wickets after successfully chasing 191.
CSK captain MS Dhoni has tormented the KKR bowlers pretty frequently, scoring 471 runs at an average of 52.33 and strike rate of 134.57.
The two teams have faced each other 20 times in the IPL so far, with CSK holding a 13-7 head-to-head win/loss record over KKR.
Chennai leggie Karn Sharma could be the trump card against Kolkata as he has claimed 14 wickets at an economy rate of 7.5 and strike rate of 13.4 versus the men in purple.
After ending its three-match losing streak, Chennai Super Kings will look to continue the momentum against a confused Kolkata Knight Riders that is not yet firing on all cylinders, at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
So far both sides have won two games though KKR has played one game less so far.
For CSK, Shane Watson’s return to form in the last game against Kings XI Punjab should give the side hope. It is still early to decode if the men in yellow are back to their best. The KKR bowling attack is better than what it faced against Punjab.
Head to head: CSK: 14; KKR: 8; NR: 1
Match No 21
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Time: 7.30 pm
Chennai Super Kings: Murali Vijay, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (Captain & Wicketkeeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Kedar Jadhav, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Lungi Ngidi, Karn Sharma, Josh Hazlewood, Imran Tahir, Shardul Thakur, Monu Kumar, Mitchell Santner, R. Sai Kishore, N Jagadeesan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, KM Asif
Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (C), Andre Russell, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Shubman Gill, Siddhesh Lad, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Eoin Morgan, Varun Chakravarthy, Tom Banton, Rahul Tripathi, Chris Green, M Siddharth, Nikhil Naik, Ali Khan.