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IPL 2019 - Match 23 - Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders, MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, 9/4/2019 8:00 PM IST

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After the clinical win against Kings XI Punjab, Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming had stressed that his side has some glaring holes and they are scrapping hard to hide them. The 'holes' - mainly death bowling - was thoroughly exposed by Mumbai Indians, handing CSK their first loss in IPL 2019. Faf du Plessis's inclusion at the top seems to have fixed the opening woes but the presence of one man in the Kolkata Knight Riders camp will certainly leave the bowlers sweating.

CSK's death bowling has been patchy at best. After their opening win, they gave away 29 against Delhi Capitals in the last five, 52 against Rajasthan Royals and 77 in Mumbai. In the last game, they successfully managed to choke KXIP at the death - giving away just 30 in last five - and the spinners will again have a key role to play if CSK are to match that performance. In that game, Scott Kuggeleijn and Deepak Chahar bowled three overs for 20 runs while Harbhajan Singh and Imran Tahir gave away just 10 from two overs.

CSK will be up against one of the best on Tuesday. Andre Russell has dismantled four bowling attacks so far and has done it in some style. His 207 runs have come at a strike rate of 268.83 and he's struck a boundary every 2.6 deliveries. It won't be surprising if CSK do end up saving the spinners for Russell on a track where the ball stops every now and then - making strokeplay difficult.

KKR's all-round win against RR couldn't have come at a better time. Despite the sensational win against RCB, Dinesh Karthik, the captain, had no hesitation in admitting the bowlers need to produce the goods and need to more disciplined. The biggest positive from their win will be the performance of the bowlers and how they managed to keep things in check throughout the innings. Chris Lynn's half-century, on a slow track, not only boosts the confidence of the opener but also holds the side in good stead.

The win against RR, and the dominant manner in which it was achieved, should boost KKR against a top opponent. While Russell is a massive weapon, they've got other options as well to trouble CSK at home. KKR, in the last few seasons, have found it difficult to sustain the momentum. An away win before they play three matches at home could well play a massive role in them getting close to a top two finish.

What: CSK vs KKR, Match 23, 8 PM IST, 2:30 PM GMT

Where: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

What to expect: CSK's 160 against KXIP proved to be enough and both sides, with a spin-heavy attack, will aim for that score. It'll be crucial that both sides make use of the new ball right at the start. No weather hindrances expected with the temperatures staying in the mid-30s even at night. With clear skies, the dew factor will come into the picture and the teams will prefer chasing.

Teams news:

CSK: Ambati Rayudu's dismal run prompted the think-tank to open with du Plessis and push the India batsman to No. 4. Things are unlikely to change with the hosts expected to go in with the same side that won against KXIP.

Probable XI: Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (c, wk), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Scott Kuggeleijn, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir.

KKR: Harry Gurney's man of the match performance in his IPL debut game should keep Lockie Ferguson out of the playing XI. The track should also suit his variations and he's going to be a valuable addition to an already potent attack troika.

Probable XI: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c, wk), Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Harry Gurney, Prasidh Krishna

What they said:

"Our balance has been affected because of the injury to Bravo so our options are a little bit limited. Most teams bat down to seven. KKR have batted second time the most, so they've chased. What is a good score here? I don't know. The dew factor caught us by surprise. It's about reading conditions, assessing and then committing to that. We'll just do what we normally do. KKR are a good side. It's not going to change much to what we usually do." - Stephen Fleming.




Chennai Super Kings (From): Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(w/c), Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Scott Kuggeleijn, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Murali Vijay, Sam Billings, Dhruv Shorey, N Jagadeesan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Dwayne Bravo, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Karn Sharma, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Mohit Sharma, KM Asif, Monu Kumar


Kolkata Knight Riders (From): Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Harry Gurney, Prasidh Krishna, Rinku Singh, Nikhil Naik, Joe Denly, Shrikant Mundhe, Carlos Brathwaite, Sandeep Warrier, Lockie Ferguson, Yarra Prithviraj, KC Cariappa

Source: Cricbuzz

Link: https://www.cricbuzz.com/live-cricket-scores/22458/chennai-vs-kolkata-23rd-match-indian-premier-league-2019


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Good afternoon everyone from a grey and wet afternoon in southern England.


I add Robbie and Bhaji (hope he is picked) to my fantasy team.


Top of the table clash in Chepauk.


Go YELLOWS!!! :csk:

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