Super Kings v Knight Riders, IPL 2014, Ranchi May 1, 2014

Homecoming for IPL and Dhoni

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Match facts

Friday, May 2, 2014
Start time 2000 local (1430 GMT)

Play 06:08
Agarkar: Openers doing half the job themselves for CSK

The Big Picture

Losing a match on the boundary count after the scores are tied even in the Super Over can be immensely disappointing. Especially when you needed 16 going into the last two overs of your chase with six wickets in hand. Five days before going down in this manner to Rajasthan Royals, Kolkata Knight Riders were riding the opposite extreme against Royal Challengers Bangalore, who needed 29 off 26 with eight wickets remaining but were stopped short by two runs. As their coach Trevor Bayliss put it, Knight Riders have seen the "highs and lows" of the T20 format in these two games.

The UAE was almost exclusively low for Gautam Gambhir, but he broke his horror run of 0, 0, 0 & 1 by making 45 against Royals. While he did consume 44 deliveries, his knock has to be a big positive for Knight Riders just as the IPL shifts back to India. Gambhir and his side have had just two days to recover from that Super Over, and also shift base from the UAE to Ranchi.

Knight Riders will not have fond memories of Ranchi. The last time they played here, Yusuf Pathan was given out for obstructing the field against Pune Warriors in a close defeat that effectively ended the 2012 defending champions' chances in their 2013 campaign.

Their opponents, Chennai Super Kings, are in familiar territory close to the top of the table with four wins from five games. Only Glenn Maxwell has been able to down them so far. This is the first time they will be playing an IPL match in their captain's hometown. Ranchi has already voted in the ongoing federal election; it has to be seen what the turnout is with the local favourite on show.

Players to watch

After the Royals match, Bayliss said that Suryakumar Yadav is one of the better finishers he had seen. Yadav's 110 runs in the tournament have come at a strike-rate of 177.41. While his sweeps and reverse-sweeps against quick bowlers have deservingly caught attention, it was Yadav who holed out needlessly to kickstart the late collapse against Royals after having scored 31 off 18 till then. He will have to take Knight Riders home in a few chases to develop as a finisher.

Super Kings have relied a lot on finishing strong. Their line-up has become even more potent now with the presence of Brendon McCullum and Dwayne Smith at the top of the order. The pair averages 64.60 in five innings at a run-rate of 8.38 an over, with one century stand and two fifty partnerships.

Stats and trivia

  • Chennai Super Kings' first-wicket aggregate of 323 runs this season is almost double that of next-best Delhi Daredevils
  • Kolkata Knight Riders have conceded 7.31 runs an over in the final four four overs of an innings, the lowest this season
  • Yusuf Pathan's 72 in Ranchi against Pune Warriors remains his only half-century for Knight Riders in 54 innings

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY CricLover316 on | May 2, 2014, 14:05 GMT

    I do believe CSK is a stronger side than KX1P,got almost all their bases covered. Dwayne smith is being used wonderfully by Dhoni. Who knew he could be a handy bowler in this form of the game. They bat deep till Ashwin. I think they"ll use Badree on some spin friendly wickets,Hilfenhaus looks very good. Ishwar Pandey is a bowler to watch out for. He was picked for NZ Tours but wasn't selected in the 11. I hope Zak,and ofcourse Ishant dont make it in Eng and the new crop makes it into the team for once.

    For KKR,I feel Lynn should come ahead of Kallis. Also promoting Uthappa and at 3 or 4 wouldn't be bad idea,just use him as a pinch hitter. I really dont know about Kallis. Bowls 1-2 overs and has a SR of around 108 even after playing lots of games. If he goes on to play a long innings,its better for the Opposition. KKR did a blunder pickng Kallis,somebody like Steve Smith would've certainly been very handy. Good Luck to KKR. But CSK have the Momentum.

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2014, 13:48 GMT

    samuel badree should be in the final 11 for CSK if they want to win this years IPL

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | May 2, 2014, 13:47 GMT

    I am looking forward to the return of IPL 7 to India. Even as an internet viewer it is much better access to Indian transmission than from UAE. Hopefully I will be able to have a more freer access. The CSK Vs. KKR match is likely to be a good one. I expect much better performance from KKR in the Indian leg. Yes the real star batsman to watch for KKR is Suryakumar Yadev. MI failed to utilise his alents. I hope KKR will. In Kallis, Lynn/shakib, Morkel & Narine KKR will have the best pros. Gambhir, Bisla, S.Yadev,Uthappa, Pandey, Pathan will provide additional batting support + Chawla, Vinay additional bowlers. CSK of course are full of confidence with their star studded team. But their bowling is somewhat limited in Ashwin, Jadeja & Mohit. All 3 have been inconsistent at times. Bravo loss will be a big factor. Dhoni & Raina will be their star bats. It will be a great first IPL match on the Indian soil this year with true Indian spirit to back it all up.

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2014, 13:25 GMT

    CSK is always my favorite. What happen to Jadeja's bowling not threating at all. Hope bounce back in India.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 13:15 GMT

    get in kuldeep for chawla. if gg will go with kuldeep den m sure he'll play all remaining matches because he is very impressive china man and he is the one for future

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    everyone is interested in ipl now and what happened to team India's disastrous series a month back is to the dumps.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 12:26 GMT

    For KKR, I always find a lot of mismanagement. They seem to play with the idea of typical pakistani teams. Why play 6 bowlers and bowl just 1 over from Kallis? T20 is mainly batman's game and if you have 5 genuine bowlers, why not play extra batsman? I would like Narain n Sakib as fixed overseas player. Then decide 2 rest spots between Morkel, Kallis n Lynn. What is the point to play Kallis if you don't bowl him? If you bowl Kallis, play Lynn with him instead of Morkel. Otherwise play Lynn with Morkel. Kallis givesbyou an advantage if you use all his quota of overs. Otherwise i feel he is too slow to play as a regular batsman.

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    the KKR team should be as like - gambir uttappa sakib pandy yP/Das yadav ressel/tendo vinay chawla/kuldeep shunil morkel/cummin. if fall wicket early than in pandy ahead of sakib and if top three make a good go after 12 over send padan yadav ressel ahead of pandy. i am pretty confident on gambir he can manage his resource well and make a caver hi

  • POSTED BY northwest on | May 2, 2014, 11:59 GMT

    Why did BCCI not plan getting all the players before the elections? As they are here today, they could have been couple of days before so all the players can use their voting rights. This is a very poor and irresponsible planning. Another example to show IPL is all about money.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 2, 2014, 11:36 GMT

    common captain cool... today s ur day... rock d show msd

  • POSTED BY CricLover316 on | May 2, 2014, 14:05 GMT

    I do believe CSK is a stronger side than KX1P,got almost all their bases covered. Dwayne smith is being used wonderfully by Dhoni. Who knew he could be a handy bowler in this form of the game. They bat deep till Ashwin. I think they"ll use Badree on some spin friendly wickets,Hilfenhaus looks very good. Ishwar Pandey is a bowler to watch out for. He was picked for NZ Tours but wasn't selected in the 11. I hope Zak,and ofcourse Ishant dont make it in Eng and the new crop makes it into the team for once.

    For KKR,I feel Lynn should come ahead of Kallis. Also promoting Uthappa and at 3 or 4 wouldn't be bad idea,just use him as a pinch hitter. I really dont know about Kallis. Bowls 1-2 overs and has a SR of around 108 even after playing lots of games. If he goes on to play a long innings,its better for the Opposition. KKR did a blunder pickng Kallis,somebody like Steve Smith would've certainly been very handy. Good Luck to KKR. But CSK have the Momentum.

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2014, 13:48 GMT

    samuel badree should be in the final 11 for CSK if they want to win this years IPL

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | May 2, 2014, 13:47 GMT

    I am looking forward to the return of IPL 7 to India. Even as an internet viewer it is much better access to Indian transmission than from UAE. Hopefully I will be able to have a more freer access. The CSK Vs. KKR match is likely to be a good one. I expect much better performance from KKR in the Indian leg. Yes the real star batsman to watch for KKR is Suryakumar Yadev. MI failed to utilise his alents. I hope KKR will. In Kallis, Lynn/shakib, Morkel & Narine KKR will have the best pros. Gambhir, Bisla, S.Yadev,Uthappa, Pandey, Pathan will provide additional batting support + Chawla, Vinay additional bowlers. CSK of course are full of confidence with their star studded team. But their bowling is somewhat limited in Ashwin, Jadeja & Mohit. All 3 have been inconsistent at times. Bravo loss will be a big factor. Dhoni & Raina will be their star bats. It will be a great first IPL match on the Indian soil this year with true Indian spirit to back it all up.

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2014, 13:25 GMT

    CSK is always my favorite. What happen to Jadeja's bowling not threating at all. Hope bounce back in India.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 13:15 GMT

    get in kuldeep for chawla. if gg will go with kuldeep den m sure he'll play all remaining matches because he is very impressive china man and he is the one for future

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    everyone is interested in ipl now and what happened to team India's disastrous series a month back is to the dumps.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 12:26 GMT

    For KKR, I always find a lot of mismanagement. They seem to play with the idea of typical pakistani teams. Why play 6 bowlers and bowl just 1 over from Kallis? T20 is mainly batman's game and if you have 5 genuine bowlers, why not play extra batsman? I would like Narain n Sakib as fixed overseas player. Then decide 2 rest spots between Morkel, Kallis n Lynn. What is the point to play Kallis if you don't bowl him? If you bowl Kallis, play Lynn with him instead of Morkel. Otherwise play Lynn with Morkel. Kallis givesbyou an advantage if you use all his quota of overs. Otherwise i feel he is too slow to play as a regular batsman.

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    the KKR team should be as like - gambir uttappa sakib pandy yP/Das yadav ressel/tendo vinay chawla/kuldeep shunil morkel/cummin. if fall wicket early than in pandy ahead of sakib and if top three make a good go after 12 over send padan yadav ressel ahead of pandy. i am pretty confident on gambir he can manage his resource well and make a caver hi

  • POSTED BY northwest on | May 2, 2014, 11:59 GMT

    Why did BCCI not plan getting all the players before the elections? As they are here today, they could have been couple of days before so all the players can use their voting rights. This is a very poor and irresponsible planning. Another example to show IPL is all about money.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 2, 2014, 11:36 GMT

    common captain cool... today s ur day... rock d show msd

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 11:26 GMT

    It was heartbreaking to see KKR lose the super over for the second time in the IPL and the same team - RR. Nevertheless, they really have a short time to recover from this. I think kkr should bring in tendo in place of kallis and send uthappa for opening. They can drop bisla and take das as another batsman in the shaky middle order. Uthappa is too rash as a finisher and he is not in the form he was in IPL 3 as the finisher for the rcb side. CSK are a fully settled side but still vastly untested for me just like punjab was before the kkr game. If the openers are out cheap then csk can be put under pressure. Best of luck to both the sides!!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 11:06 GMT

    best of luck to kkr

  • POSTED BY ramz30380 on | May 2, 2014, 10:55 GMT

    It was Smith tht hurt MI when CSK played agains them, now it will be Baz who will hurt KKR when they see him smashing all over the park!

    KKR & MI have been teams tht had lots of players in their bench whom they did not put to best use. Now with the curb on the amt to be spent on players, both these teams have been found wanting. The teams tht thought smart and acted smart have ended up having the upper hand after the auction... - Kings XI, CSK & RR are my picks to top the charts this season!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 10:50 GMT

    last match in ranchi washout due to rain .....today like that sone cloud in the sky ......hope it will

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    csk all the best... dhoni will play today cant wait

  • POSTED BY imtiiii on | May 2, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    1.gambhir 2.pandey/utthapa 3.shakib 4.lynn 5.utthapa/pandey 6.tendo 7.s yadav 8.chawla/kuldeep 9.vinay 10.shunil 11.u yadav

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | May 2, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    Wish the good form of Maccullum & Smith will continue in India too.... another sound start from them will certainly worry KKR !!!! CSK has the advantage & hope will win easily today !!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    Looking for Aparajith soon in place of Manhas......Bravo's exit is crucial to CSK, fined all rounder ever in the side.

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2014, 9:09 GMT

    Shakib is the best. but i am not supporting KKR but i supportig shakib al hasan. i am the great fan of CSK. all the best CSK and Shakib al hasan

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    IPL T20 back to India. This is good news for so many teams like Mumbai Indians, Royals and KKR. They will bounce back and for sure these three teams will threat to other table toppers. Talking about CSK vs KKR.. CSK is well balanced in all areas. Their bowling and bating has been tested and they really passed except against Punjab. KKR has some serious issues this time. Their batting line up is mess. seriously they need some changes. I have confident on Royals Bangalore. Once Kohli and AB will come to their normal form, then they are dangerous. Like wise Mumbai Indians. Rohit Sharma is key. Sunrisers is another mess in this IPL. For sake, please give the captaincy to someone else. Poor Dhawan. His only listening others. everything is out of hand for him. Rajastan is a well balanced team. If hodge plays in the eleven, then they even more dangerous. We forgot Delhi Daredevils. Yes they lost their presence in this tournament.

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    One could easily see how Dhoni used to shape his fellows and the integrity of his team whether it is Inida or an IPL team. New pair in openers Smith / Brendom ; shine as hard a s a sun! Mohit / Jaddu / Ash play genuine support. Dhoni anchoring them all as usual. even Mr. Cricket struggles in others backyard (hope he misses MSD :P) Either they win the season or not still proving with enough evidences that they are the topmost team in the IPL history with stability

  • POSTED BY niazbhi on | May 2, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    Except for Suryakumar Yadav and Narine KKR do not have one player that other teams would rather have instead of any of their top 5 player. Many indian quicks are bowling well, not one of KKR's. Their batsmen has been slow. Sakib is ok with KKR's batting, pace bowling, high number of good indian spinners, Sakib is not a great pick (specially if you already have Narine). KKR does not have the team to win.

  • POSTED BY StevieS on | May 2, 2014, 8:23 GMT

    McCullum to score a 100 to prove to KKR that not playing him and then not wanting him was a big mistake. They are doing the same this year with Shakib, although not in the same league as McCullum he should still get picked ahead of Kallis and Morkle.

  • POSTED BY Superman121 on | May 2, 2014, 8:02 GMT

    Worst team ever is KKR in my opinion. They have the best players money can buy just to warm the bench. Kallis WAS good. But not anymore. He wouldn't even make it to my Fantasy 11. Play Ryan Tedo in place of Kallis. Play Sakib as this is played in india. Drop YP for gods sake. Drop Morkel too. Play Lynn or Cummins, Tendo, Sakib and Narine as the foreign Players. CSK will crush KKR to pieces today. GO DHONI!!!

  • POSTED BY sarnot on | May 2, 2014, 7:44 GMT

    Firstly welcome IPL 7 at India. Its going to be more fun now but as a KKR fan I am not very happy till now. There has no confusion to say that KKR is the most balanced team of this season but there has might some problems on the team selection. I do always think how my team may win lol and I found Uthappa should be tried to open the match, he is not doing well on middle order and Sakib should come to bat in top middle order as he is a disaster at death with Tendo/lynn at death. They really need one or two big hitter on death. Or may be Russel should get in too for Kallis. My best eleven with appropriate batting order-

    Uthappa, Gambhir, Manish, Shakib, Surya, Lynn/Tendo, Russel/kallis, Chawla, Vinay, Narine, Yadav

    There should have no place for Morkel, I have not seen any good performance from him after the first match. Yadav can bowl better than him.

  • POSTED BY DrkLdr on | May 2, 2014, 5:28 GMT

    After watching the UAE leg, it is evident that KKR is one of the stronger sides. Its just that you wouldn't know it given their inconsistency and poor team execution. Big changes need to occur in the Indian leg. First, Uthappa needs to open. There is nothing to debate about there. Second, the Indian portion of the team is fine but serious thought needs to be put into which 3 overseas players get to play. (Narine is a no-brainer). I've always been a fan of Kallis but I do not feel that he is a fit for this team. I would gladly eat my own words though since Kallis is a legend. The overseas dilemma is Kallis/Tendo, Lynn/Shakib and Russell/Morkel/Cummins respectively.

    I feel the optimal team (with the appropriate batting line-up) is Uthappa, Gambhir, Pandey, Shakib, Yadav, Tendo, Bisla, Chawla, Russell, Vinay, Narine.

    Shakib over Lynn because it gives a 6th bowling option whilst keeping 8-9 solid batsmen. It is time Russell and Tendo get their chance.

  • POSTED BY Siva_Bala75 on | May 2, 2014, 5:13 GMT

    If Badree is brought in replacing Faf, then you need Aparajit in and Pandey or Jadeja out?!! If Hilfy is dropped, then you have just 2 pacers- Mohit and Pandey. CSK's team balance is very good now. Had Bravo been there then you could have tried Bravo + Badree in place of Faf + Hilfy without affecting the team balance.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 4:59 GMT

    mumbai indians have the worst bench strength.

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2014, 4:40 GMT

    RBC should be better prepared at home now. A best team now.

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2014, 3:47 GMT

    I would seriously not play Morkel. Apart from game 1, he has been dreadful. Never really rated him as a T20 bowler. Bring in Lynn and Tendo and get rid of Shakib as well.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 1:56 GMT

    @ shahan miah: honestly I have never seen Shakib play a match winning knock or spell for KKR ever... He is the best for BD but he hasnt quite performed that way for KKR. Name the other overseas player and I can remind u of match winning performances right away. Kallis-quite a few. Morkel-the very first match of IPL7. Lynn-do I even need to mention it? And I wont even talk about Narine.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 1:47 GMT

    @viru-319-219 : sorry to burst the bubble mate, but yusuf did not play at 3 for RR when they won IPL. he mostly came in at 5 and sometimes even 6. Even Jadeja was sent in before him in a few matches. So plz do not try to defend a player who does not deserve to be defended in the first place.

  • POSTED BY vikumsd007 on | May 2, 2014, 0:17 GMT

    Imagining what happens to csk if both the openers fail in the same match,not happened in this IPL, Faf deserves a chance to shine at no 4 and if there is a loss of wicket early then Manhas should come in at 3 then if there is a good partnership then this sets up the stage Dhoni Raina and Faf.KKR have one of the most balanced sides I guess they should give a chance to Russell in place of Morkel as they need some one to up the ante and Bisla should go out for Yusuf Pathan.Kallis' experience is vital and Uthappa needs to open. Playing XI's of the teams should be something like this CSK- Baz,Smith,Raina,Faf,Dhoni,Jadeja,Manhas,Ashwin,Hilfy,Ishwar,Mohit KKR - Uthappa,Gauti,Kallis,Manish,Yusuf,Shakib,Suryakumar Yadav,Russell,Chawla,Vinay,Narine

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | May 1, 2014, 20:57 GMT

    If KKR wants to win remaining IPL stick to this Playing XI-1 Gautam Gambhir (capt), 2 Robin Uthappa (wk), 3 Jacques Kallis, 4 Manish Pandey, 5 Yusuf Pathan, 6 Shakib Al Hasan, 7 Piyush Chawla, 8 Vinay Kumar, 9 Sunil Narine, 10 Morne Morkel,11 Umesh Yadav.

  • POSTED BY British_North_America on | May 1, 2014, 19:46 GMT

    As long as Great Jack Kaliis plays, KKR does not stand a chance.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | May 1, 2014, 18:24 GMT

    Its high time they make the change tendo needs to play in placw of kallis or morkel. Morkel is getting wacked in every match. Tendo is a must in top order because higest strike rates by an individual in KkR is yadav then sakib. 1st 10 overs 60 runs will not do good egerytime so tendo can provude the solid start they cam take umesh in place of bisla. Then it will be a balanced side. They are now playing in india...

  • POSTED BY nyroot on | May 1, 2014, 18:21 GMT

    I'm sorry, somebody please tell me if Ranchi is home ground for KKR or CSK? DRAMA DRAMA DRAMA...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 1, 2014, 18:12 GMT

    tendo should in place of kallis

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 1, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    all the best csk

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 1, 2014, 17:56 GMT

    How come csk has the number one ttwenty bowler in its squad and no game for him yet. Wonder if they will ever put him in the playing 11

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 1, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    csk should play badri for du plessis aparjit for manash n henry for hilfanus csk will win easily

  • POSTED BY Hrit24 on | May 1, 2014, 16:51 GMT

    Possible Line-Ups:- CSK-McCullum,Smith,Raina,du Plessis,Dhoni(c)&(wk),Jadeja,Manhas,Ashwin,Badree,Mohit,IC Pandey KKR-Gambhir,Manish Pandey,Kallis,Uthappa,Bisla,Lynn/Shakib,Surya Yadav,Chawla,Narine,R Vinay Kumar,Morkel

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 1, 2014, 16:35 GMT

    well said viru robin is sute fr open only...kkr are defnetly nt win if robin nt open he no open hw to batting middle order always neghetive fr robin ...comon kkr think big use yur brain dnt do plotical give chance uttappa to open ..and after see hw runs will come robin bat..may be 100 also posiballe ..

  • POSTED BY swam1231 on | May 1, 2014, 16:06 GMT

    @PrinceofSalem : I hope you realize the difference between Samuel Badree and Subramaniam Badrinath.

  • POSTED BY chandran1979 on | May 1, 2014, 16:04 GMT

    @princeofSalem: Badree is foriegner. You are thinking about Badhri.

  • POSTED BY Moovendhan on | May 1, 2014, 15:59 GMT

    @PrinceOfSalem .. People are asking for Hilfy to be replaced by Samuel Badree (WI) and not S Badrinath (India)

  • POSTED BY Venkat_Gowrishankar on | May 1, 2014, 15:41 GMT

    This might sound a bt radical; CSK have not found a replacement for D Bravo as yet. It would make sense to have an allrounder replace him. In that aspect have they considered Elton Chigumbura?. He is an aggressive batsman lower down the order and can bowl handy leg spin too. I wonder if the CSK management even gave a thought to this.

  • POSTED BY PrinceOfSalem on | May 1, 2014, 15:39 GMT

    People asking for Badree (Inida) to replace Hilfy(foreign)? Well that not what CSK want. All said, Badree is not in the CSK team; not even in the IPL. He was heartbroken because nobody picked him for this IPL. Ideally he is a far better than some of the batsman we have seen this IPL.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 1, 2014, 15:10 GMT

    since mohit and ishwar doing well. drop hilfy for badree. uthappa should open the innings wit gg. get kuldeep for chawla. giv one more chance to bisla. it gonna be the good contest. obviously nirine is trump card for kkr. All the best for csk.

  • POSTED BY BigINDFan on | May 1, 2014, 14:54 GMT

    KKR need to shuffle their batting order as a few people observed here. Otherwise they have a good solid XI and given that they are playing in India the spinners Narine and Chawla will be more effective.

    CSK is riding on openers form. Middle order needs changes - Aparajith should come in for Manhas and bat higher up the order. Bowling needs changes - Badree should play for Hilfy since Hilfy will be carted on Indian wickets. Also CSK needs quality legspinner given Jadeja is underperforming.

    CSK XI - Smith, McCullum, Faf, Aparjith, Raina, MSD, Jadeja, Ashwin, Badree, Mohit Sharma & Pandey

    CSK should stick with their new approach of going aggressive in the first 10 overs since that is where the other teams are struggling right now. Raina and MSD can finish big in the last 4 overs while Jadeja and Ashwin can add 10-20 runs as well if one of Raina or MSD fail. But Faf and Aparjith should bat higher up to keep the scoreboard ticking.

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    Only way to win is by chasing for KKR. Also Andre Russell is more effective than kallis or even Tendo. Both these players are talented and should play soon rather than late.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 1, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    my only worry in csk is faf. he looked out of form.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 1, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    If robin uttappa open the inngs every thing going good fr kkr he is playing middle order its vest of his talent give 3chance if nt drop him...my 11..ROBIN..GAMBIR..KALLIS .MANISH.SHAKIB..YADAV...PATHAN..VINAY .CHWALA..NARAYAN..MORKEL...

  • POSTED BY Samychennai on | May 1, 2014, 13:54 GMT

    All the best CSK. As usual wishtle podu. Raina should not come 3 unless the first wicket partnership stands more than 10 overs. FAF should come number 3 if wicket down early. That is sad to see that Badree yet to get a chance but it is his fate as Hilfy is still doing well. Badree need to wait until Hilfy is doing bad.

    KKR side Yusuf is unwanted package for a year. Captain is burden for the team killing their self confidence and trying to sail with the help of Kallis and Morkel. If KKR is winning against CSK tomorrow, it could be possible only by M.Morkel as his bowling is shaping up over UAE. There is only 10% chance for this...

    CSK mean finalist always...............

  • POSTED BY viru-319-219 on | May 1, 2014, 13:43 GMT

    KKR has one of the complete and strongest sides in this IPL but I feel they are not utilizing it to full potential. Every body knows the number at which Yusuf played when he won IPL for RR. It was mostly at 3 or 4. What is Uthappa doing at 6. He is in very good form and you need to give him more time in middle. He is a top order bat not a finisher. They need to make a lot of changes to batting order to utilize big players to their full potent. My XI for KKR with batting order: 1)Gambhir 2)Uthappa 3)Kallis 4)Yusuf 5)Pandey 6)Sakib 7)Yadav 8)Chawla 9)Vinay 10)Narine 11)Morkel. Kallis can be pushed down if team gets a good start and he can consolidate if early wkt falls.

    CSK on other hand look as good as they can be. But still I feel the weak link in their team is bowling. Everybody knows how reliable Indian pacers are and Jaddu hasn't been in great form despite one good performance. I personally would like to see Aparajith come in for Manhas and Matt Henry in for FAF to provide pace.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | May 1, 2014, 13:41 GMT

    @mjrvasu : badrinath is not part of IPL 7 as Chennai have refused to buy him at auction but I do agree faf should be batting at 3 or 4

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | May 1, 2014, 13:33 GMT

    Would love to see badree for csk.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 1, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    if kkr don't pick shakib then they surely deserve to lose because he is the best all rounder in the world and they don't pick him because of politics......shame on the selectors and specially on gambhir

  • POSTED BY mjrvasu on | May 1, 2014, 12:57 GMT

    FAF should bat No.3, not Raina. Raina should go in at No. 5 after Dhoni. Badri should be in XI. If possible, drop Jadeja and get a decent Indian bowler.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 1, 2014, 12:42 GMT

    no suprise csk will win.except in wankhede ,mohali and bengluru. Big test is coming for csk starts now

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 1, 2014, 12:33 GMT

    CSK should bring in badree for hilfy as the wicket looks to be low and slow. CSK should play really well to win tomorrows match. on the other hand we have narine and chawla look to be in decent form and pitch will definitely suit them

  • POSTED BY jaggi.jagan on | May 1, 2014, 12:25 GMT

    Chennai's middle order could become a suspect later in the tournament due to lack of batting opportunities at the top. With Faf not hitting well, Raina is the only middle order bat....

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | May 1, 2014, 12:25 GMT

    Welcome home CSK. KKR blew hot and cold this season so far. Which KKR will turn up tomorrow? We'll wait and see. DRSmith and BMac partnership has been terrific for CSK. It is Faf's turn to shine tomorrow. Raina and Dhoni also due a big score. All the best CSK.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | May 1, 2014, 12:20 GMT

    No susprise csk will win this match.

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  • POSTED BY wapuser on | May 1, 2014, 12:20 GMT

    No susprise csk will win this match.

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | May 1, 2014, 12:25 GMT

    Welcome home CSK. KKR blew hot and cold this season so far. Which KKR will turn up tomorrow? We'll wait and see. DRSmith and BMac partnership has been terrific for CSK. It is Faf's turn to shine tomorrow. Raina and Dhoni also due a big score. All the best CSK.

  • POSTED BY jaggi.jagan on | May 1, 2014, 12:25 GMT

    Chennai's middle order could become a suspect later in the tournament due to lack of batting opportunities at the top. With Faf not hitting well, Raina is the only middle order bat....

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 1, 2014, 12:33 GMT

    CSK should bring in badree for hilfy as the wicket looks to be low and slow. CSK should play really well to win tomorrows match. on the other hand we have narine and chawla look to be in decent form and pitch will definitely suit them

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 1, 2014, 12:42 GMT

    no suprise csk will win.except in wankhede ,mohali and bengluru. Big test is coming for csk starts now

  • POSTED BY mjrvasu on | May 1, 2014, 12:57 GMT

    FAF should bat No.3, not Raina. Raina should go in at No. 5 after Dhoni. Badri should be in XI. If possible, drop Jadeja and get a decent Indian bowler.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 1, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    if kkr don't pick shakib then they surely deserve to lose because he is the best all rounder in the world and they don't pick him because of politics......shame on the selectors and specially on gambhir

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | May 1, 2014, 13:33 GMT

    Would love to see badree for csk.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | May 1, 2014, 13:41 GMT

    @mjrvasu : badrinath is not part of IPL 7 as Chennai have refused to buy him at auction but I do agree faf should be batting at 3 or 4

  • POSTED BY viru-319-219 on | May 1, 2014, 13:43 GMT

    KKR has one of the complete and strongest sides in this IPL but I feel they are not utilizing it to full potential. Every body knows the number at which Yusuf played when he won IPL for RR. It was mostly at 3 or 4. What is Uthappa doing at 6. He is in very good form and you need to give him more time in middle. He is a top order bat not a finisher. They need to make a lot of changes to batting order to utilize big players to their full potent. My XI for KKR with batting order: 1)Gambhir 2)Uthappa 3)Kallis 4)Yusuf 5)Pandey 6)Sakib 7)Yadav 8)Chawla 9)Vinay 10)Narine 11)Morkel. Kallis can be pushed down if team gets a good start and he can consolidate if early wkt falls.

    CSK on other hand look as good as they can be. But still I feel the weak link in their team is bowling. Everybody knows how reliable Indian pacers are and Jaddu hasn't been in great form despite one good performance. I personally would like to see Aparajith come in for Manhas and Matt Henry in for FAF to provide pace.