A resurgent Kolkata Knight Riders will take on red-hot Chennai Super Kings at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi in Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders 38th Match IPL 2021 on the 26th of September 2021.
Kolkata Knight Riders have made full use of the fresh start to IPL 2021 to infuse new life into their campaign. On the other hand, Chennai Super Kings are playing as if the IPL never stopped, as they have picked their campaign from exactly where they left it at the end of the first leg. In the 24 head-to-head encounters, the Super Kings have won on 15 occasions, while the Knight Riders have emerged victorious on 8 occasions, with 1 game ending without a result.
Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders 38th Match IPL 2021
Team News for Chennai Super Kings
The sensational form of Ruturaj Gaikwad has been one of the highlights of this season for Chennai Super Kings. The team would now require more from the overseas duo of Faf du Plessis and Moeen Ali, who have batted well but are yet to play a significant knock in this leg of the tournament. The likes of Deepak Chahar, Dwayne Bravo, Josh Hazlewood, and Shardul Thakur have been brilliant with the ball as a unit. With the team being on a winning spree, the Super Kings are expected to walk in with the same XI.
Likely playing 11 of Chennai Super Kings
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(C/WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood
Team News for Kolkata Knight Riders
The addition of Venkatesh Iyer at the top of the order has infused new life into Kolkata's batting order. His scores of 41(27) not-out against Royal Challengers Bangalore and 53(30) against Mumbai Indians provided the much-needed impetus at the top of the order. Rahul Tripathi's innings against Mumbai calmed the nerves of the ‘Men in Purple' even more.
The spin duo of Varun Chakravarthy and Sunil Narine have been doing their job in a commendable way and will be expected to continue doing so. After two dominating wins in the second phase so far, the Knight Riders are likely to stick with the same team.
Likely playing 11 of Kolkata Knight Riders
Shubhman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan(C), Dinesh Karthik(WK), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The pitch will have something for both the batters and the bowlers. The pitch seems to be a high-scoring one where run-scoring should be easy for the batters who apply themselves. The ball is expected to swing in the initial phase of the match while the spinners will be able to extract some turn in the middle overs.
Betting Predictions for Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders 38th Match IPL 2021
Match Result Prediction
Chennai Super Kings are currently at the top of the table, whereas the Knight Riders are at the fourth spot. Kolkata Knight Riders walk into this game in a more dire need of a victory as compared to the Super Kings. However, with the current form and experience of Chennai Super Kings, they have a clear edge over Knight Riders in this match.
The Super Kings are likely to complete a hat-trick of wins in this leg of the tournament by beating the Kight Riders in this match. Being the top side of the IPL 2021 and with 7 wins from 9 matches played so far, Chennai Super Kings are expected to register a victory over the Kolkata Knight Riders under the cool and calm captaincy of MS Dhoni.
Winner: Chennai Super Kings (1.66)
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The team winning the toss should opt to bowl first as batting becomes a bit easier later in the game due to the presence of dew. In the two games that have been played so far at this venue, the team batting second has been able to come out victorious.
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Top Batsman for Chennai Super Kings
Faf du Plessis is not someone who stays out of touch for long. He has been the most consistent batter in the CSK lineup in recent years. He has scored 391 runs in 9 matches he has played so far and is 3rd in the list of most run-getters of this season. He did fail against Mumbai Indians and managed just a decent outing against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Nonetheless, he is due a big knock, and that commanding victory over the Royal Challengers might just be the boost of confidence du Plessis was looking for.
Top Batter for Chennai Super Kings: Faf du Plessis (3.20)
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