IPL 2019, CSK vs KKR Preview: Chennai take on Kolkata in a battle of table-toppers

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April 09: Defending champions Chennai Super Kings will host inform Kolkata Knight Riders on Tuesday. The high voltage clash at Chepauk promises to be an exciting contest as the two teams are equally matched on all fronts. However, a batsman of Russell’s caliber may just prove to be the difference between the two sides. Both the teams have four wins each and will be eyeing victory to go at the top of the points table.

MS Dhoni-led CSK beat Kings XI Punjab in their last outing at home. Spin will play a crucial role at MA Chidambaram stadium and CSK will be happy that the likes of Harbhajan Singh,Imran Tahir, and Ravindra Jadeja have been in good form. KKR also have a potent attack with Kuldeep Yadav, Sunil Narine, and Piyush Chawla. Hence, it will be fascinating to see which of the bowling units shines.

All eyes will be on the batting line-ups and how they go about neutralizing the spin threat. Andre Russell was the match-winner in three KKR wins so how the Super Kings handle him will be watched with keen interest.

Another danger for CSK will be Sunil Narine who returned to form against Rajasthan with a blistering 47 of 24 balls. Harry Gurney who was roped in place of Lockie Ferguson turned out to be a good decision as the Englishman returned with figures of 2/25 in his 4 overs.

MS Dhoni will also play a crucial role as he has made notable contributions towards the end of the innings. The home crowd will be hoping that their ‘Captain Cool’ will once again be leading from the front.

(Agencies)

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