CSK got back on the winning tracks in the last match and KKR almost went over the line in their last match.
Let’s have a look at some key battles for the match.
Shubman Gill has played well at the top of the inning and looks in good touch. In a lineup where other batsmen look inconsistent, it is Gill who looks settled. He has scored 152 runs so far with an average of 51. KKR would want more such performances from him. Shardul Thakur was the guy who brought CSK back in the game against KXIP. He took the wicket of 2 well-set batsmen in the 19th over and restricted KXIP to a lesser score. Thakur has been a consistent bowler for CSK for the last 2 years and his addition to the side has given their bowling line up much stability.
It has been a quiet season for Russell. The team has been backing him up and so are we in our battles. Russell has scored only 48 runs in 4 matches so far. Every time he has come in the middle, he has looked in great touch, smashed few sixes but somehow the bowlers have got better of him. KKR badly needs their most impacting player to find his form and make them win. Bravo missed the initial matches because of injury and his addition has given much stability to the CSK side. He hasn’t taken a wicket yet but has looked to contain the batsmen by not giving more runs. Bravo has a lot of variations up his sleeves and against Russell, he would want to use all the ammunition he has in keeping him quiet.
Faf has looked in magnificent touch this time and has taken the onus of leading the batting line up for CSK. He has scored 282 runs so far and thereby is the second in the race for orange cap. With Watson finding his touch against KXIP, Faf would like to continue his form and inspire others around him to up their game. Cummins has not performed the way the team would have wanted him to. He has taken only 2 wickets in the 4 games so far and has also leaked runs. He is a world-class bowler and his form is very important for the KKR side. Against the experienced CSK side, Cummins would want to lead from the front and cause some damage early in the inning.
Rayudu’s addition to the team has boosted the confidence of the side. He didn’t score much in his comeback match and did not get a chance to bat in the KXIP match. Hence, he would want to spend some time in the middle and score some heavy runs for the side. Shivam Mavi has been the most successful bowler for the KKR side. He has taken 4 wickets in 4 matches so far and has an economy of 8. The young lad has been with KKR side for 2 years but has found his success this time around. Against heavy CSK side, it will be a test of this young bowler on how he performs.