Arun Gopalakrishnan in Mumbai 27 April 2013 - 07:05pm IST
Preview : Match 38 – CSK vs KKR
KKR face uphill task
Match 38 of the Pepsi IPL 2013 features defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders versus the Chennai Super Kings. CSK are placed second on the points table with six wins from eight outings while their opponents have three wins from eight outings and are placed seventh.
Despite losing their opening fixture, CSK recovered well to win six of their next seven matches. If anything, the team has made winning a habit – they have won their last four matches and certainly seem to know a thing or two on how to get out of difficult situations, as can be established from the fact that their last three victories have been in the last over.
KKR meanwhile face an uphill task to stay in contention for a place in the top four teams for the play-offs. The defending champions come into this match on the back of a five-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab.
Sunday, April 28, 2013, 4 p.m
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Chennai Super Kings’ campaign so far this season has ridden on the shoulders of Michael Hussey and skipper MS Dhoni. Hussey offers solidity at the top – and can change gears without too much difficulty while his skipper has time and has established his stature as one of the best finishers in the circuit currently.
KKR’s campaign is not any different. Runs from Gautam Gambhir at the top of the order and finishing touches from Eoin Morgan have been a regular feature for the team this season. Manvinder Bisla’s return to form in the previous match is good news for the team too.
The bowling presents a fascinating battle too. Despite all these years, R Ashwin continues to outsmart batsmen with his bag of tricks and KKR have Sunil Narine as their ace.
The head to head record between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders stands at 7-4 in favour of the former.
When the two teams met earlier this season, the two-time champions restricted the defending champions to 119 and then chased down the runs in the final over to win by 4 wickets.
L Balaji has played 58 matches so far in the IPL. In CSK colors, he picked up 31 wickets from 29 matches (economy of 8.63) and with the KKR outfit, he has claimed 26 scalps from 29 matches (economy of 7.36).
The Chennai Super Kings have chased in each of the five matches they have played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium this season.
Chennai Super Kings head out to Pune to take on Pune Warriors India on April 30 while the Kolkata Knight Riders travel to Raipur to take on the Delhi Daredevils on May 1.