CHENNAI SUPER KINGS:
After that magical win in their first game against MI, CSK are back at their den.
With Harbhajan, Tahir, Karn, Jadeja in the squad, there are no prizes for guessing what kind of pitch we can expect.
Slow, sluggish & rank turner that’s how you describe a typical Chepauk pitch.
With Jadhav out, they’ll have a forced change & signing Willey is a huge boost for them.
I really feel either MSD is not going to tinker the combination at all (except replacing Jadhav) or he might make wholesale changes considering the conditions at Chepauk & also their batting looked thin in the last game.
Well, as far as i know MSD he never changes the winning combination. (Ask Baba Aparajith & Irfan Pathan)
Vijay, Watson, Raina, Dhoni (C & Wk), Rayudu, Bravo, Jadeja,Bhajji, Chahar,Tahir, Wood/Ngidi.
*Vijay had knock in the ribs & looks fit now. He’s hitting in the nets well & is available for selection which means he should play. If management decides not to risk him & allow more time, Shorey will play.
*There are a lot of Permutations & Combinations possible for this game
Karn Sharma, who was really impressive in the practice games can get a look in.
But, as CSK see Bhajji as their frontline spinner, it is extremely difficult for him to get a game at this stage.
*Both Tahir & Wood had a forgettable day but we all know how good they are.
Tahir will retain his place for sure & i don’t expect Wood to be benched either. But as mentioned in the previous preview, Wood’s style of bowling was perfect for conditions at Wankhede & so is the case for Ngidi at Chepauk. So, he’s in contention for this game.
Kolkata Knight Riders:
If there’s any team that has the perfect resources to beat CSK at their home, it’s KKR purely because of Narine, Kuldeep & Chawla.
Don’t expect them to make any changes unless they want to give Nagarkoti a go on Vinay’s expense who bowled just 2 overs & went for plenty. But, cheapuk is surely not the ideal place where they would want to use Nagarkoti so Vinay should play once again.
Also, they can try Curran for this game. His slower ones can be really helpful at this track but it will be a big call to bench Johnson just after one game.
Narine, Lynn, Uthappa, Rana, Kartik( C & Wk), Rinku, Russell, Vinay, Chawla, Johnson/Curran, Kuldeep.
Raina: There’s no reason you shouldn’t pick Mr IPL specially when he’s playing at Chennai. Remember, 150-60 is a par score here so even his quick fire 30-35 will be very crucial but expect him to score more.
Back Raina top bat for CSK @Bet365
Tahir: A rare bad outing at Wankhede where he was smashed all over the ground but this time he’ll be playing at Chennai, expect him to be at his best & run through the opposition.
Back Tahir top bowl for CSK @Bet365
Kuldeep: After playing for India & picking so many wickets, even in alien conditions at SA he’s a much improved & confident bowler. Has to be your first pick from KKR’s bowling department.
Back Kuldeep to be top KKR bowler @Bet365
Wild Card Pick (Gl’s) : Jadeja just bowled a single over in the last game but can be promoted up in the order to counter attack spin & get that right-left combo going.