CSK vs KKR Preview: Chennai aim to bounce back as they take on high-flying Kolkata

The Indian Premier League 2024 (IPL 2024) will continue its breathtaking action as Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will take on each other in Match 22 on Monday, April 08 at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai. CSK are coming into the game having lost their previous fixture against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by six wickets.

They began their campaign with back-to-back wins against Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) and Gujarat Titans (GT) at their home ground. However, the Ruturaj Gaikwad-led side ended up losing their away fixtures against Delhi Capitals (DC) and SRH and now finds itself in the third spot on the points table with four points from as many matches.

On the other hand, KKR has got their tournament off to a dream start by winning all three of their fixtures so far. The Shreyas Iyer-led side beat SRH in their opening game by a narrow margin of four runs. They further registered convincing victories against RCB (7 wickets) and DC (106 runs) and are sitting comfortably in the second spot with six points after three matches.

Kolkata will be eyeing the top spot on the points table with their fourth consecutive win while CSK will be desperate to bounce back to winning ways and maintain their unbeaten record at home this season.

Head to Head

Probable Playing XI:

Chennai Super Kings (CSK)

Ruturaj Gaikwad (C), Rachin Ravindra, Ajinkya Rahane, Shivam Dube, Sameer Rizvi, Moeen Ali, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni (WK), Deepak Chahar, Tushar Deshpande, Mustafizur Rahman

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)

Phil Salt (WK), Sunil Narine, Angkrish Raghuvanshi, Shreyas Iyer (C), Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Ramandeep Singh, Andre Russell, Mitchell Starc, Varun Chakravarthy, Harshit Rana

Pitch Report

There have been a total of two games played so far at the venue and one each won by team batting and bowling first. The average first innings score has been 189 while the highest target chased is 174. Captain winning the toss is likely to bat first as chasing can be a bit tricky in the second innings at the venue. Spinners will enjoy bowling on the surface as it will aid all of their tricks.