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

Homecoming for IPL and Dhoni


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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  • Rahul 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.

  • Dummy4 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

  • Ashok 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Android 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

  • Android 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.

  • Android 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.

  • Dummy4 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

  • vikram 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.

  • ESPN on May 2, 2014, 11:36 GMT

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

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