IPL 2021: Struggling KKR in desperate need of a win against CSK

April 21, 2021 | By : Parth Tagai
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Kolkata Knight Riders will be looking to get back to winning ways in IPL 2021 when they return to Mumbai on Wednesday. The two-time IPL champions are going to face in-form Chennai Super Kings in match 15 of the IPL 2021 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

Both teams have had a contrasting start to IPL 2021 so far. After losing their first game, Chennai came back strongly to win their next two games quite comfortably. On the other hand, KKR has had a tough start to their campaign. They won their first game, but then went onto lose their next two in an embarrassing fashion. CSK is currently third in the league table with four points whereas KKR is fifth with just two points to their name.

 

Team News

No injuries for KKR going into this game. KKR could make some changes after two back-to-back losses. Out of form Shakib Al Hassan is expected to make way for Sunil Narine, as the Bangladeshi while Kuldeep Yadav may replace Harbhajan Singh.

Chennai Super Kings also has no injury problems as of now. Jason Behrendorff is currently in quarantine, so he will miss this game. Ruturaj Gaikwad will be on borrowed time in the starting XI after delivering three poor performances in IPL 2021.

 

Predicted Starting XI

Kolkata Knight Riders

Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Harbhajan Singh, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna.

Chennai Super Kings 

Faf du Plessis, Robin Uthappa, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni, Sam Curran, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar.

 

Head To Head 

Played: 23 

CSK: 14

KKR:8 

 
Key Battles to watch out

Suresh Raina vs Pat Cummins

It is no surprise that Suresh Raina faces a lot of problems when it comes to short ball deliveries. Pat Cummins is known for consistently delivering accurate short pitch bowling, so his duel against Raina will be one to watch out on Wednesday.

Moeen Ali vs Varun Chakravarthy

Moeen Ali is one of the finest players in the IPL when it comes to taking on spinners. Meanwhile, Varun Chakravarthy has done well for KKR in powerplay overs against best batsmen this season. It will be intriguing to see how Ali tackles accurate spin bowling from Chakravarthy.



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