Kolkata Knight Riders v Chennai Super Kings, IPL 2013, Kolkata April 19, 2013

Big boys in bumper-to-bumper battle

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Match facts

Saturday, April 20, 2013
Start time 1600 (1030 GMT)

Big Picture

Both Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings started this year's IPL race from pole positions and at the end of the first sector, they are jostling for space in the crowded middle with sprightly challengers having taken the lead. In Eden Gardens, Knight Riders have a chance to come level with Super Kings but one bad manoeuver and they could fall behind.

It has been a stuttering start for both teams and their engines are yet to crank up to full steam. Gautam Gambhir and Eoin Morgan aside, Knight Riders' batting has flickered sporadically and their power hitters haven't had any impact with Yusuf Pathan continuing to be an enigma. Similarly for Super Kings, Suresh Raina and M Vijay have had an indifferent start and mainly Michael Hussey and MS Dhoni have shared the load of scoring.

It's the bowling where Knight Riders hold slight edge. Jacques Kallis, L Balaji, Rajat Bhatia are smart bowlers for this format who form a strong second-line of defence behind the dangerous Sunil Narine, who took this season's first hat-trick in Mohali, and his equally mysterious partner Sachithra Senanayake. However, a similar looking attack was taken apart by the Super Kings in the final of IPL 2012 before a brilliant riposte by Manvinder Bisla won the title for Knight Riders.

It's the first time the teams are meeting since that final. Knight Riders, till now, have won everything easily when in Kolkata and Super Kings have had two massive wins playing away. If there was a semblance of a pattern in those results, that, at least, is going to break for one team, weather permitting. The teams were greeted in the city by thunderstorms and rain is going to be in the air on Saturday too.

Form guide

Knight Riders LWLLW
Super Kings WLWWL

Players to watch

Sachithra Senanayake was Knight Riders' prized pick at the auction. It set them back by $625,000, but in the two matches he has played, the investment has already started to make sense. Senanayake's trajectory is similar to Narine's and with a potent doosra, his presence in the XI makes it eight overs of puzzle solving for the opposition.

More of a conventional offpinner, R Ashwin is Super Kings' answer to Narine and Co, and although he doesn't come shrouded in mystery, he has his variations to trouble the best. Ashwin has been miserly this season and his battle with the spinners in the opposition will form an interesting backdrop to the match.

Stats and trivia

  • Super Kings have beaten Knight Riders six times in ten matches. Three of those wins have come in Kolkata
  • Sachithra Senanayake has picked up 50 wickets in 36 Twenty20 matches and has an economy rate of 6.05
  • 26th March 2010 was the last time Yusuf Pathan scored a half-century in the IPL

Quotes

"I can bowl close to four different kinds of balls in an over. I have a regular off-spinner, an arm ball, the carrom ball and one more lethal one that can either go in or go out."
Sachithra Senanayake reveals the contents of his mystery box

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on April 20, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    Cracker of a match guys .Hope it lives up to the expectation. Looking fwd to see Gambhir,Morgan from KKR and Raina, Hussey n Dhoni from CSK bat. As for bowling the interesting battle between Naraine Vs Ashwin.

    EXCITED !!!

  • raves1027 on April 20, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    Dhoni vs Gambhir.. wow..!! what a contest to watch.. One is always as cool as ice at any stage of the game and on the other hand we have an animated captain for the defending champions.. Chennai must be itching to finish this off with a win to take the revenge of 2012 final.. It will be interesting to watch KKR mystery bowling against one of the best batting line up in the IPL.. Chennai has very good players of spin bowling with likes of dhoni, raina, hussey.. KKR is struggling with their middle order.. it will be difficult for them to decide on the 4 foreign players in the playing XI with McCullum available to play and Morgan is their best bet in middle order.. Also Senanayake and Narine are lethal together.. It will not be easy to beat KKR in their den..

  • sakuranoXl on April 20, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    Where is Brendon McCullum?

  • on April 20, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    woww i think 2day CSKians gonna rock and expecting our Mr. COOL play cracking mach today all the vry best LIONS :)

  • Rajeev129 on April 20, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    This should be retitled as battle between most hated teams. Whichever teams these two play against i will always support them, personally no one feel bad about missing this game unlike any other match except CSK & KKR fans.

  • Meeraakash007 on April 20, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    So the interesting thng happend in these battle is ..sunil narine vs raina...so his economical discipline has been totally bolstered on these days so it wil be a nyc watch today,..and current overcast foreseen is sunny and 30deg ..so lets hav a full game today

  • on April 20, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    MY KKR XI : Gabhir, McCullum, Kallis, Morgan, Tiwary, Pathan, Sukla, Bhatia, Narine, Balaji, Abdulla...

    GO KKR GO...........

  • on April 20, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    KKR should definitely play Lakshmi Shukla and give him a chance to bat up the order at 4. Having seen Lakshmi for years Bengal knows how dangerous a batsman he is.His entire career has been hard hit by injuries and not getting the right oppurtunities. In T-20's He is a much potent and dangerous batsman than Manoj Tiwary,Sakil Hasan, Doeschate, Debabrata Das, Rajat Bhatia, Manvinder Bisla and all others who have got better oppurtunities than him. ANd in the current form he is obviously a better bet than Yusuf Pathan.

  • on April 20, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    no chance fr rain lovely weather

  • on April 20, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    Anyone in Kolkata... Is it raining n how is the weather forecast over there?

  • on April 20, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    Cracker of a match guys .Hope it lives up to the expectation. Looking fwd to see Gambhir,Morgan from KKR and Raina, Hussey n Dhoni from CSK bat. As for bowling the interesting battle between Naraine Vs Ashwin.

    EXCITED !!!

  • raves1027 on April 20, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    Dhoni vs Gambhir.. wow..!! what a contest to watch.. One is always as cool as ice at any stage of the game and on the other hand we have an animated captain for the defending champions.. Chennai must be itching to finish this off with a win to take the revenge of 2012 final.. It will be interesting to watch KKR mystery bowling against one of the best batting line up in the IPL.. Chennai has very good players of spin bowling with likes of dhoni, raina, hussey.. KKR is struggling with their middle order.. it will be difficult for them to decide on the 4 foreign players in the playing XI with McCullum available to play and Morgan is their best bet in middle order.. Also Senanayake and Narine are lethal together.. It will not be easy to beat KKR in their den..

  • sakuranoXl on April 20, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    Where is Brendon McCullum?

  • on April 20, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    woww i think 2day CSKians gonna rock and expecting our Mr. COOL play cracking mach today all the vry best LIONS :)

  • Rajeev129 on April 20, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    This should be retitled as battle between most hated teams. Whichever teams these two play against i will always support them, personally no one feel bad about missing this game unlike any other match except CSK & KKR fans.

  • Meeraakash007 on April 20, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    So the interesting thng happend in these battle is ..sunil narine vs raina...so his economical discipline has been totally bolstered on these days so it wil be a nyc watch today,..and current overcast foreseen is sunny and 30deg ..so lets hav a full game today

  • on April 20, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    MY KKR XI : Gabhir, McCullum, Kallis, Morgan, Tiwary, Pathan, Sukla, Bhatia, Narine, Balaji, Abdulla...

    GO KKR GO...........

  • on April 20, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    KKR should definitely play Lakshmi Shukla and give him a chance to bat up the order at 4. Having seen Lakshmi for years Bengal knows how dangerous a batsman he is.His entire career has been hard hit by injuries and not getting the right oppurtunities. In T-20's He is a much potent and dangerous batsman than Manoj Tiwary,Sakil Hasan, Doeschate, Debabrata Das, Rajat Bhatia, Manvinder Bisla and all others who have got better oppurtunities than him. ANd in the current form he is obviously a better bet than Yusuf Pathan.

  • on April 20, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    no chance fr rain lovely weather

  • on April 20, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    Anyone in Kolkata... Is it raining n how is the weather forecast over there?

  • shrey123 on April 20, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    My KKR and CSK XI-

    CSK- Hussey, Vijay, Badrinath, Raina, Dhoni, Bravo, Jadeja, Albie, Morris, Ashwin, Mohit or Laughlin/Holder/Nannes for Morris

    KKR - Gambhir, McCullum, Kallis, Tiwary, Morgan, Yusuf, Bhatia, Narine, Abdulla, Shami, Balaji or maybe occasionally Lee for Kallis/Morgan

    KKR have too many overseas options. I'm leaving out Senanayake, ten Doeschate, McLaren, Pattinson,Shakib, Lee, Haddin. Big names. I think this is the best team for them.

  • on April 20, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    most of the comments are pointing or discussing about KKR, no discussion about CSK line up that itself shows the confidence level of CSKians..all the best Mr. Captain Cooll...the Roaring Lion of world cricket..

  • ladycricfan on April 20, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    The weather forecast is rain in the morning and clears in the afternoon. Hope we have a match today. KKR play well in their home ground. Expect Narine and Senanayaka to play. CSK has it's own world class spinner in Ashwin and Jadeja is not far behind. Both sides have few batters who are yet to click. Hope all of them come to the party today. It will be another low scoring thriller.

  • StevieS on April 20, 2013, 8:13 GMT

    Also if McCullum is able to keep wickets you could also replace Morgan with him as lets be honest, 7 times out of 10 McCullum will score more runs than him. Then you could replace Bisla with a local opening batsman as McCulum batting at 4 or 5 is better than him opening, he is a brilliant finisher.

  • on April 20, 2013, 7:59 GMT

    drop out vijay ,badri,and bravo team will fire with all cylinders

  • Kolaa.srifan on April 20, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    If kkr won the toss they should bat first and play 2 spinners. If they have to chase macullum should be in playing XI. So senanayaka have to sit out.

  • on April 20, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    My CSK XI : Vijay,Hussey,Raina,Baba,Dhoni,Morkel,Bravo,Jadeja,Mohit,Ashwin,Morris

  • azsu on April 20, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    com on CSK this time u win with a revenge of 2012 final

  • JAMSHEDJI on April 20, 2013, 7:04 GMT

    If KKR wants to win today's match the team should be Gambhir-Kallis-Tiwari-Morgan- Bisla-Shukla-Bhatia-Narine- Senanayake-Balaji & Abdullah.

  • debugger on April 20, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    @Knight_Rider_11, that would be a dream line up for a CSK fan. All the seam options can be taken for atleast 10-12 an over. CSK can just play Senanayake and Narine for 6 per over and they can still reach 190

  • on April 20, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    Gambhir, Mccullam, Kallis, Tiwari, Morgan, Pathan, Bijla, Bhatia, Narine, Abdullah, Balaji.

  • on April 20, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    My KKR XI: Gambir Mccullam Kallis Tiwary Morgan Pathan Bijla Bhatia Abdullah Narine Balaji

  • AjuXi on April 20, 2013, 6:35 GMT

    According to me KKR wining squad will be as -

    1. Gambhir, 2. Bisla, 3. Kalish, 4. Morgan, 5. ten Doeschate, 6. Bhatia, 7. Tiwary, 8. Shukla, 9. Nirene, 10. Abdullah, 11. Balaji.

    Batting : Gambhir, Bisla, Kalish, Morgan, ten Doeschate, Bhatia, Tiwary, shukla.

    Fast Bowling: Balaji, Kalish, ten Doeschate, Bhatia, Shukla.

    Spin Attack: Nirene, Abdullah

  • shibuvin on April 20, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    After this match between KKR Vs CSK.....

    Form guide

    Super Kings WWLWW Knight Riders LLWLL

  • on April 20, 2013, 6:14 GMT

    Though its not a derby but it can be compared as the likes- Manchester United (CSK) vs Manchester City (KKR). The New KKR team has to perform more, but CSK's composition of the team is good, and still they are struggling in the opening, Murali vijay's form is inconsistent which is to be noted. 50% chance for both, but CSK has a better technique when compared to the opponent.

  • JBSA on April 20, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    Though the middle order of KKR looks out of touch, in T20s just a loose over is all needed to get into form. The same goes with CSK's top order of Vijay and Raina. As McCullum is fit, it should be McCullum, Morgan, Narine and Senanayake/Lee. Kallis has not much with bat and also below par in bowling to his own standards. On the other hand, the Indian batting and bowling is also of a worry. With some consistent hits from the captain, KKR can expect him to fire again. My KKR XI: Gambhir(c), McCullum(WK), Tiwary, Morgan, Pathan, Shukla, Bhatia, Lee(CSK plays spin too well), Balaji/Sangwan, Shammi Ahmed/Abdullah, Narine

    CSK coming off from big win wont be changing the XI. Though resting Bravo for Hilfy would be a good choice as he can trouble both Gambhir at start and Morgan at the end. My CSK XI: Vijay, Huss, Raina, Badri, Dhoni(C)(WK), Morkel, Jadeja, Morris, Ashwin, Mohit, Hilfy/Nannes

  • StevieS on April 20, 2013, 5:58 GMT

    I would still replace Kallis with McCullum, drop Bisla and bring in a local bowler with McCullum to keep wickets. I have a feeling that McCullum is still carrying a injury and as such may not be able to keep wickets, if that is the case then they can't play him as a basman only as it mucks up the balance.

  • on April 20, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    I guess Chennai will be favourites to win this game considering their excellent away form this season. Kkr too dependent on morgan and gambhir in the batting department. Hope to see ten doeschate getting a game.

  • usernames on April 20, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    Chennai's last match's team was very good. They can just go ahead with that one.

    As for Kolkata, they need to go with something like -

    Gambhir, Mcullum, Yusuf, Tiwary, Morgan, Shukla, Bhatia, Senanayake, Narine, Balaji, Shami.

    Kallis can and should be dropped. Yusuf needs to play early and then there's a strong batting line up plus a strong bowling line up too.

  • on April 20, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    1.gambhir 2.kallis 3.m.tiwary 4,5,6. yusaf , brenon mccullum , morgan 7.das 8.bhatia 9.balaji 10.narine 11.iquball abdulla best team.........

  • SherjilIslam on April 20, 2013, 5:18 GMT

    Play Iqbal Abdullah and Mc.Cullum. These are the guys who delivered last year, so they should find a place in the team.Leave out Bisla, he is in horrible form this year, i don't mind even they leave out YK pathan. Mc.Cullum must play.

  • Knight_Rider_11 on April 20, 2013, 4:10 GMT

    I think to bring in the best combo .... KKR need to take McCullum instead of Morgan for the next match ... The only reason is that Bisla is not performing and KKR need a keeper who is in some batting form ... Also take out Balaji n take both Sangwan n Shami ... My KKR XI against CSK .... 1. McCullum 2. Gambhir 3. Kallis 4. Pathan 5. Tiwary 6. Bhatia 7. Das 8. Senanayake 9. Narine 10. Shami 11. Sangwan ..... In this way you have 4 seam bowling options (Shami, Sangwan, Kallis, Bhatia) n 3 spinners (Sena, Narine, Pathan) ... n also a good enough batting line up

  • Sundara-Chandare on April 20, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    Akila Dananjaya can be usefull for CSK in these conditions.because he is good spinner with more variations.but i dont thnk he is availbule.

  • Narbavi on April 20, 2013, 2:32 GMT

    Badrinath and Dhoni will be the key for CSK against KKR's two spinners i believe!! Mouth Watering clash!!

  • on April 20, 2013, 2:24 GMT

    i think Sachithra Senanayake is a big game changer and he is the most upcoming valuable off spinner in this serious . he must play for this match because he can get 3 big wickets. eg ( hussy, dhoni and Suresh Raina)

  • CricketAkshay on April 20, 2013, 2:16 GMT

    The middle order of KKR is not in great form and the bowling is dependent on Narine, Balaji and Bhatia. Apart from Narine, Balaji is other quality bowler. Hence, Super Kings should win. Not a easy task, but are favorites.

  • AMAZINGFAN on April 20, 2013, 1:52 GMT

    this is going to be great contest,KKR does well on pitches like these and is they provide a dustbowl against csk it might actually backfire since CSK have very good spinners and KKR'S batting is very fragile at the moment...CSK have batting line-up which can take on narine and senanayake but can KKR match them?

  • rethanjogi on April 19, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    drop senenayake bring iquball abdulla. drop bisla bring brendon.

    1.gambhir 2.kallis 3.m.tiwary 4,5,6. yusaf , brenon mccullum , morgan 7.das 8.bhatia 9.balaji 10.narine 11.iquball abdulla

    senenayake is doing well bt kkr middle order is failling to score so in place of senenayeke bring in mccullum. gambhir nd kallis open the inngs tiwary at 3 give him some time to spend at crease then yusaf,mccullum,morgan,das their power hitters to finish of things. iquball abdulla is not a bad option. he bowled very well in power play overs so try him nd drop senenayake. nd yusaf will be an handy option too. so i suggest drop senenayake nd bring an xtra batsmen.

  • Kolaa.srifan on April 19, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    three mystry spinners(narine,ashwin,senanayake) in the world in one match, on same surface up against the best batsmens against the spin(mike hussey,raina.dhoni.gambir.kallis). WOW..!!!! what a battle. I would like sachithra replace with lee to get advantage of short balls against raina and co. But senanayake also handy against hussey and raina in powerplay overs. All the way go KKR..!!!

  • on April 19, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    Sunil Narine took the hat trick in Against Kings XI Punjab. How was that in Jaipur?

  • dimitri1234 on April 19, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    Wow..Senanayake has long list of variations. I would call this match as Clash of the Mysterious Spinners . to of the KKR's vs One of our own Indian and in CSK colours. But we also can't undermine the hitting powers in CSK batting line up which makes the contest even and as their were the two finalist of last year makes the tussle far more interesting . My money will be on rampant CSK as KKR are having too many batting issues and their middle order is pathetic . Time to give Rajat bhatia a go before Yusuf and Tiwary as he seems to be in a better touch than these two .Pity that many super stars will have to sit out from both side .

  • shaleen_gaur on April 19, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    "If there was a semblance of a pattern in those results, that, at least, is going to break for one team." Don't agree with this point, if Chennai wins, both teams will have similar pattern.

  • shaleen_gaur on April 19, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    "If there was a semblance of a pattern in those results, that, at least, is going to break for one team." Don't agree with this point, if Chennai wins, both teams will have similar pattern.

  • dimitri1234 on April 19, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    Wow..Senanayake has long list of variations. I would call this match as Clash of the Mysterious Spinners . to of the KKR's vs One of our own Indian and in CSK colours. But we also can't undermine the hitting powers in CSK batting line up which makes the contest even and as their were the two finalist of last year makes the tussle far more interesting . My money will be on rampant CSK as KKR are having too many batting issues and their middle order is pathetic . Time to give Rajat bhatia a go before Yusuf and Tiwary as he seems to be in a better touch than these two .Pity that many super stars will have to sit out from both side .

  • on April 19, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    Sunil Narine took the hat trick in Against Kings XI Punjab. How was that in Jaipur?

  • Kolaa.srifan on April 19, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    three mystry spinners(narine,ashwin,senanayake) in the world in one match, on same surface up against the best batsmens against the spin(mike hussey,raina.dhoni.gambir.kallis). WOW..!!!! what a battle. I would like sachithra replace with lee to get advantage of short balls against raina and co. But senanayake also handy against hussey and raina in powerplay overs. All the way go KKR..!!!

  • rethanjogi on April 19, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    drop senenayake bring iquball abdulla. drop bisla bring brendon.

    1.gambhir 2.kallis 3.m.tiwary 4,5,6. yusaf , brenon mccullum , morgan 7.das 8.bhatia 9.balaji 10.narine 11.iquball abdulla

    senenayake is doing well bt kkr middle order is failling to score so in place of senenayeke bring in mccullum. gambhir nd kallis open the inngs tiwary at 3 give him some time to spend at crease then yusaf,mccullum,morgan,das their power hitters to finish of things. iquball abdulla is not a bad option. he bowled very well in power play overs so try him nd drop senenayake. nd yusaf will be an handy option too. so i suggest drop senenayake nd bring an xtra batsmen.

  • AMAZINGFAN on April 20, 2013, 1:52 GMT

    this is going to be great contest,KKR does well on pitches like these and is they provide a dustbowl against csk it might actually backfire since CSK have very good spinners and KKR'S batting is very fragile at the moment...CSK have batting line-up which can take on narine and senanayake but can KKR match them?

  • CricketAkshay on April 20, 2013, 2:16 GMT

    The middle order of KKR is not in great form and the bowling is dependent on Narine, Balaji and Bhatia. Apart from Narine, Balaji is other quality bowler. Hence, Super Kings should win. Not a easy task, but are favorites.

  • on April 20, 2013, 2:24 GMT

    i think Sachithra Senanayake is a big game changer and he is the most upcoming valuable off spinner in this serious . he must play for this match because he can get 3 big wickets. eg ( hussy, dhoni and Suresh Raina)

  • Narbavi on April 20, 2013, 2:32 GMT

    Badrinath and Dhoni will be the key for CSK against KKR's two spinners i believe!! Mouth Watering clash!!

  • Sundara-Chandare on April 20, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    Akila Dananjaya can be usefull for CSK in these conditions.because he is good spinner with more variations.but i dont thnk he is availbule.