Kolkata Knight Riders confronted intense scrutiny throughout their loss in opposition to Delhi Capitals final week on their batting order, and can intention to place it previous them as they tackle the Chennai Tremendous Kings on Wednesday. The CSK are excessive on morale after an ideal 10-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab, which noticed opener Shane Watson returning to type after poor outings all through the marketing campaign to this point.
The eyes may also be on Dinesh Karthik and his decision-making — particularly within the batting order. Karthik has not impressed confidence with the bat both. The KKR captain has solely scored 27 runs in 4 matches to this point.
Let’s check out the important thing stats forward of the sport:
Head to Head: Each the perimeters have met on 20 events within the Indian Premier League, with Chennai Tremendous Kings main with 13 wins. KKR have gained seven instances. CSK, nevertheless, have gained all of the 5 matches once they batted first in opposition to KKR.
In Abu Dhabi: Each the perimeters will meet within the UAE for the primary time.
– Andre Russell boasts of the best strike-rate among the many present roster of each the squads (176.32). Russell, who’s promoted at quantity 4 within the final two video games, has not been in one of the best of his runs to this point.
– Nonetheless, the one bowler in opposition to whom Russell’s strike-rate falls under 100 is Imran Tahir (96.30). Tahir has dismissed Russell twice to this point. However will he play tonight?
– Sunil Narine (14 wickets) has probably the most wickets from both aspect within the conflict (amongst present squads). Nonetheless, a bigger focus will probably be on his batting place, as KKR’s experiment with him as an opener hasn’t labored to this point.