The IPL 2021 season sees match number 38 being played between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium.

The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season sees match number 38 being played between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium. CSK have been superb this season, continuing from where they left off in the first phase. They beat MI and RCB in the second phase and occupy the top place with 14 points and a NRR of +1.185. Meanwhile, KKR bossed the show against RCB and MI and have moved up to fourth in the standings. This will be a crunch game between two sides buzzing with confidence.

Going into this match, CSK will be riding high on confidence. They turned things around against MI after being in a spot of bother. The fighting spirit and ability to pull off a win from a losing situation highlights the strengths of CSK. Against RCB, they changed the complexion of the match after the former started well. CSK’s death bowling was exceptional. Dwayne Bravo is bowling superbly, using his massive experience. With the bat, Ruturaj Gaikwad is their best bet.

KKR need to build on from the performance against RCB and MI. Varun Chakravarthy and Sunil Narine impressed for the Knights and their offerings will be immense. Lockie Ferguson is looking strong and fresh and he holds the key for KKR. Prasidh Krishna and Andre Russell need to support well and make sure they don’t concede heavy runs. The two-time champions have a much tougher task against CSK and will have to be at their best once again. KKR have a purpose and their freshness with the bat can be influential.

Here we present all the concerned details to guide you through. 

Key details of the match

The match is set to be held at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. It’s scheduled to start at 7:30 PM IST. Fans can watch the action live on the Star Sports Network in their preferred languages. One can also stream the match live on the Disney+ Hotstar app (paid subscription). 

Here’s the preview

CSK’s middle-order did well against RCB and the collective show helped them gain victory. Ruturaj and Faf du Plessis will be expected to give the side a good start up front and the experienced batters need to continue building momentum. What bodes well for CSK is their strength in finishing. Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo are excellent in this department. Bravo holds the impetus at the death with his searing yorkers and variations. Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur and Josh Hazlewood can contribute immensely too.

KKR have played both their games in Abu Dhabi and chased on both occasions. Toss will be crucial and they would fancy chasing once again. However, if they are asked to bat first, it remains to be seen how they approach the game on a hot sunny afternoon. Venkatesh Iyer has come in and changed the gears for KKR with his aggressive batting. He is a fearless cricketer. Rahul Tripathi at number three is another match-winner. KKR’s middle-order hasn’t been tested and that could be challenging. The Knights need to bowl well and make sure wickets come at regular intervals.

Probable playing XIs: CSK vs KKR

CSK probable playing XI: 

Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood

KKR probable playing XI:

Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan (c), Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna

Dream11 team prediction (option 1)

Batsmen: Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Rahul Tripathi, Venkatesh Iyer, MS Dhoni (wk)

All-rounders: Dwayne Bravo, Andre Russell, Ravindra Jadeja

Bowlers: Shardul Thakur, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy

Dream11 team prediction (option 2)

Batsmen: Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, MS Dhoni (wk)

All-rounders: Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Sunil Narine

Bowlers: Deepak Chahar, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy

Which players can be the top picks in the Dream11 team?

In batting, the likes of Ruturaj and Venkatesh fit both teams. Ruturaj has been in top form and is scoring a lot. The IPL 2021 has gone well for Ruturaj, who has already chipped in consistently. Venkatesh brings aggression and freshness alike and is high on confidence.

Bravo and Jadeja are the all-rounders who are a must. Bravo has done well with the ball and is a wicket-taker. Jadeja’s three-dimensional offerings cannot be ignored.

In the bowling department, Chakravarthy can be picked. He is bowling well and holds the card for KKR. His mystery spin will be vital.

Dream11 fantasy: Captain choices

Ruturaj Gaikwad: With 322 runs, Ruturaj has taken his game to a higher level. He has been producing substantial knocks and is playing with freedom. His shot-making abilities and character to play long will be vital.

Venkatesh Iyer: KKR’s man in form, Iyer got a surprise debut against RCB and he hasn’t looked back. He has played two successive match-winning knocks for his side and is running high on confidence. His exploits could unsettle CSK.

Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices

In terms of vice-captaincy, Bravo is a sound option. He has been amongst the wickets and hardly sets a foot wrong. He can add the finishing touches with the bat. Chakravarthy can be another vice-captaincy choice. He is a real deal.

Other choices: Rahul Tripathi, Faf du Plessis

Pitch report and conditions

The pitch will be two-paced and therefore both spinners and pacers will have purchase. Batsmen will target the 160-170 mark and teams could prefer chasing on this wicket. The temperature is said to be around 38-degree Celsius and it’s going to be super hot.

What happened in the previous meeting between the two?

In the previous meeting this season, the match was won by CSK. It was a high-scoring affair.

Head-to-head record

The two teams have faced each other on 24 occasions. CSK have won 15 times, KKR have pocketed eight wins with one match not having a result.

Match prediction

CSK’s flair and balance will be the difference despite KKR’s new found gusto. We expect CSK to win a close encounter against Eoin Morgan and Co.

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