Chennai Super Kings v Kolkata Knight Riders, Chennai April 29, 2012

Surging Kolkata face smarting Chennai

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Match facts

Monday, April 30, Chennai
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

Big Picture

Gautam Gambhir often says that if Kolkata Knight Riders play to their potential, they will be very hard to beat. It sounds like a cliché, but on yesterday's evidence, you realise where Gambhir is coming from. Restricting a batting line-up with a top four of Tillakaratne Dilshan, Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers 47 runs short of the target requires some effort. As he has done before this season, Gambhir backed his words with his bat, cracking 93 off 51 deliveries on an Eden Gardens pitch which has not exactly been easy to score on.

Chennai Super Kings will be smarting after the unexpected reversal against Kings XI Punjab. Before they lost yesterday by seven runs in Chennai, Super Kings had reeled off three consecutive wins at home. Their slow bowlers love choking the opposition batsmen on a helpful Chennai surface, but that is what Knight Riders also do at Eden Gardens. Conditions will be more or less familiar for both sides.

Form guide

(completed games, most recent first)

Chennai Super Kings: LWWLW
Kolkata Knight Riders: WWWLW

Players to watch

MS Dhoni has not had done much with the bat this season, with 132 runs from eight innings at a strike-rate of 116.81. He has played a couple of useful cameos, but just nine boundaries so far don't do him any justice.

Gautam Gambhir has been in excellent touch and is easily Knight Riders' best batsman so far, with 302 runs at 149.50. The Chennai pitch and attack will be difficult to score off; will Gambhir show his side the way again?

Stats and trivia

  • Super Kings have a 5-2 win-loss record against Knight Riders.
  • Runs have been scored faster in Chennai in the IPL, at 8.12 runs per over, than they have been in Kolkata, at 7.54.

    Quotes

    "While we had a reasonable team early on, we were struggling to get things going. But moving on five years, the balance of the side we have got is outstanding. We have strengthened both our bowling and batting and you look at the Indian players, they are really standing out. It's definitely a better balanced team.."
    Brendon McCullum on Kolkata Knight Riders

    Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • dummy4fb on April 30, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    Unusual Captaincy by GG..da spinner who hvnt Bowl for a long time got da new ball! bt if u hv 2 foreigners dan u can take chances

  • dummy4fb on April 30, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    dhoni should be play opening with du plessis....

  • CricFreax on April 30, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    They need to drop Saha and get mukund or Anirudha instead. Since Hussey is playing, they may drop Bravo and they need a hitter..

  • CricFreax on April 30, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    Seems like chennai need a good spinners also along aprat from fast bowlers. Ash alone cant do anything, if there is nonsense (jakati and 6 Million 4 hero) being bowled from other end

  • dummy4fb on April 30, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    we want shakib al hasan for kkr

  • dummy4fb on April 30, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    it is a fantastic news that brendon mccullum had got his fom back it is anice thing for KKR i think KKR will surely win this match it has many match winnig batsmen,bowlers and all rounders too go KKR gooooooooooooooooooooooooo..!

  • crindex on April 30, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    Go CSK all the way to IPL 5 Championship !!!

  • MAK123 on April 30, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    Narine will be the difference today

  • jhumon_sydney on April 30, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    gambir is a bizarre captain.He picked up Abdullah in the last game as a spinner but did not give him to bowl.What a waste of the selection of the best eleven.Is he giving abdullah chance again today without using him?gauti is killing few players like Pathan,Brendon,Bisla,Shakib,morgan, tendo,Abdullah.All are losing their confident by getting continuous chances and warming the benches.Gauti is lucky enough having few match winners in the team.

  • StevieS on April 30, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    Kamrul_BD how does the saying go? form is temporary class is permanent.... McCullum has won countless matches in all forms of the game and when he is in form in a short form of the game there are few players in the game that are more dangerous, the KKK management know this thats why they are persisting with him, get him in form and their chances of winning the comp have increased 10 fold. the same can't be said of Hussain.

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