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🏏IPL 2023: KKR vs CSK, 33Rd Match- 7:30 PM IST 🏏
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A cloudy day in late April isn't all that bad for Kolkata. But if not literally, at least poetically, the Nitish Rana-led side would hope for some sun and shine as they return to their home ground at the back of a three-match losing streak.
Eden Gardens has produced two high-scoring contests. Even as the teams batting first have won both the encounters at the venue, dew did play a part in the second innings.
Kolkata Knight Riders will be taking on Chennai Super Kings for the first time in the thirty-third match of this season of the Tata IPL.
Kolkata Knight Riders are currently placed at the eighth position on the points' table of this season of IPL whereas Chennai Super Kings is currently placed at the third spot on the points table.
Kolkata Knight Riders played six matches in this season of the IPL where they managed to win two matches, while Chennai Super Kings also played six matches this season where they won four games.
Kolkata Knight Riders played their last game against Delhi Capitals where Delhi Capitals beat them by 4 wickets. Jason Roy managed to score 43 runs for Kolkata Knight Riders in that game.
On the other hand, Chennai Super Kings played their last game against Sunrisers Hyderabad where they won the game by 7 wickets.
Devon Conway hammered 77 runs while Ravindra Jadeja grabbed 3 wickets for Chennai Super Kings in that game.
KKR could consider bowling with a spinner if Ajinkya Rahane enters the power play. Rahane has a strike-rate of 222 in the Power play in this season, the most by anyone.
However, generally his boundary percentage is only 13% against spin, and has also been dismissed four times to it. KKR have also bowled the most overs of spin in the power play in IPL 2023.
It is going to be an interesting encounter to watch tonight!
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Head to Head--
These two teams have played 28 matches against each other in the history of IPL so far, where Kolkata Knight Riders managed to win 10 matches while Chennai Super Kings won the remaining games.
The surface of Eden Gardens is known for its batting-friendly pitch and has been producing high-scoring games consistently. The size of the stadium is pretty small, and that allows the batters to take risks.
Although it provides huge support to the batters during the major portion of the game, during the later stages, it also assists the bowlers, especially spinners. The Eden Gardens is a moderate size stadium and holds about 65 to 67 meters boundary size on the square, while around 69 to 71 meters on the straight side from the crease.
Eden Gardens has produced two high-scoring contests. Even as the teams batting first have won both the encounters at the venue, dew did play a part in the second innings. However, seamers do get some assistance early on in the second innings and they have been able to rattle the top orders on both occasions. But if the chasing team is able to brace through that period of play, they could be at an advantage.
The average first-innings score on this wicket is 180 runs.
The team batting second has great records here. They have maintained a winning percentage of 60 on this ground.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Jason Roy, Liton Das, Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana©, Mandeep-Singh, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Umesh Yadav, Kulwant Khejroliya, Varun Chakravarthy
Chennai Super Kings: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Ajinkya Rahane, Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni©, Matheesha Pathirana, Maheesh Theekshana, Tushar Deshpande, Akash Singh
Chennai Super Kings recorded an easy seven-wicket in their last game and jumped to the third position in the points table with eight points from six games, on a level with Rajasthan Royals and Lucknow Super Giants. Ravindra Jadeja took three wickets to restrict Sunrisers to just 134/7 total while batting first, and then Devon Conway pulled off another match-winning knock of 77* off 57 to easily chase the target.
INJURY AND AVAILABILITY NEWS
Shardul Thakur is expected to return to the playing 11 for Kolkata Knight Riders, while Ben Stokes and Deepak Chahar remain sidelined for Chennai Super Kings.
The pitch at Kolkata's Eden Gardens offers a batting-friendly surface, with an average first-innings score of 180+. Kolkata scored 228 runs while batting first in the last game here, and opponent Hyderabad also replied with a 200-plus total. Fans can expect another high-scoring encounter on Sunday.
The star Kiwi batter smashed a match-winning knock of 77* off 57 against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the last game to record three consecutive fifties. Conway is leading the scoring chart for CSK with 258 runs from just six innings.
The young batting all-rounder was dismissed on a duck against Delhi in the last game but leads the scoring chart for Kolkata Knight Riders with 234 runs from six innings with one century and one fifty so far.
Chennai's opener scored crucial 35 runs before unfortunately getting run out against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the last game. Ruturaj has been in good form in IPL 2023 with 235 runs from five innings with two fifties.
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