Today’s second clash pf IPL 2023 is Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders (CSK vs KKR). The host team CSK is riding at the second position in IPL standings with 15 points in its bag. Recently, the team has revived its campaign by winning two back to back matches against MI and DC.
CSK’s chances of qualifying for play-offs are pretty high as its remaining two matches are against low ranked KKR and DC, where CSK is expected to rout both of them swiftly.
Taking about the visitor team KKR, it has performed decently in past five matches by winning three matches. Overall, KKR has performed below average during this season and currently stands at 8th position in IPL points table. The team has only two matches left to be played that too against strong contenders i.e. CSK and LSG. So, KKR’s chances of winning these games are very less unless it performs exceptionally good in both games. Moreover, even if it win both games, its chances of qualifying for play-offs are negligible as it can score only 4 more points. Still, the team will look to give its full in this game as it has nothing to lose.
CSK vs KKR : Match Details
Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Date: Sunday, May 14, 2023
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Watch Live on: Star Sports Network & JioCinema
CSK vs KKR : Pitch report
MA Chidambaram’s pitch is traditionally known for supporting slow bowlers as it is is flat and dry. Batters are dominant in initial phase but as the game progresses, spinners will start to dominate. The crackdown of the pitch further assists spinners in having a better turn. This makes it difficult for the batters to score runs.
But this season has witnessed a slight change in pitch behaviour. Due to lesser cracks, the pitch has become more suitable for batters too which why there were a few games with 200 plus scores as well.
Any score above 180 runs should be a defendable one.
The toss winning captain should bowl first as it’s an evening game where dew factor will affect the bowlers in second innings more.
CSK vs KKR : Head to Head
Both teams have encountered each other 28 times in IPL history out of which CSK has won 18 times and KKR has won 10 matches.
CSK vs KKR : Team Playing XI Prediction
Chennai Super Kings (CSK)
- Ruturaj Gaikwad
- Devon Conway
- Ajinkya Rahane
- Moeen Ali
- Ambati Rayudu
- Shivam Dube
- Ravindra Jadeja
- MS Dhoni (C & WK)
- Deepak Chahar
- Tushar Deshpande
- Maheesh Theekshana
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)
- Rahmanullah Gurbaz (WK)
- Venkatesh Iyer
- Nitish Rana (C)
- Rinku Singh
- Andre Russell
- Sunil Narine
- Shardul Thakur
- Vaibhav Arora
- Harshit Rana
- Suyash Sharma
- Varun Chakaravarthy
CSK vs KKR : Best Performers’ Prediction
The leading scorer from CSK is having an explosive form with 468 runs in the 12 matches he played. Currently, he ranks 5th in the Orange Cap race with an average of 52 and an outstanding strike rate of 136.84. Though, in the last match the left-handed batter couldn’t perform well but he has been a key performer throughout this T20 league. So, he is most likely to continue his combative performance in the upcoming match as well.
The ace spinner has so far claimed 17 wickets in 12 matches with an economy rate of 7.95. Currently, the KKR leg spinner is the leading wicket taker for his side and ranked 6th in Purple Cap standings. Since, today’s pitch is spinners’ friendly, he is likely to wreck havoc on opponents’ batting line up.
CSK vs KKR : Today’s Match Winner Prediction
Chennai Super Kings is most likely to win this match.
Disclaimer: The prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.