CSK VS KKR – This article brings to you the preview, team news and top Funtasy picks for the 5th match of IPL 2018 between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders.
The Chennai Super Kings kicked off their VIVO IPL campaign with a bang against the arch-rivals Mumbai Indians in the opener. The heroics of Dwayne Bravo and Kedar Jadhav were as much talked about as Narine’s blazing knock against Royal Challengers did on the following day.
Nevertheless, it is time for Chennai’s homecoming who will be hosting the Karthik-led team on 10 April at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.
Chennai Super Kings Team News
Jadhav’s absence could be a bit of worry for the topsy-turvy CSK batting line up, but they have plenty of options to fill in his shoes. Although the English all-rounder David Willey has been roped in as his replacement, Murali Vijay could be added in the scheme of things against KKR.
If Vijay makes it to the XI, then Rayudu will have to sacrifice his opening spot and slide down the order, probably at number 4. The Chennai surface has always been conducive enough for spinners which could make way for wrist spinner Karn Sharma in place of Harbhajan Singh to counter the ‘Narine storm’.
Besides the aforementioned changes, CSK wouldn’t like to tinker the team combination much after a solitary match.
Playing XI (Last Match): Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar, Mark Wood.
Kolkata Knight Riders Team News
KKR have established a brisk opener Sunil Narine who supplements Chris Lynn, making the most of the power play overs. Moreover, they have a reliant middle order in the form of Nitish Rana and Dinesh Karthik who reaped dividends against RCB in the opener.
Wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Piyush Chawla will be used to expose MS Dhoni in the middle. There isn’t any urgency for an alteration in KKR’s winning combination against CSK.
Playing XI (Last Match): Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Vinay Kumar, Piyush Chawla, Mitchell Johnson, Kuldeep Yadav.
Top Funtasy Picks
Chennai Super Kings:
Dwayne Bravo – The Caribbean all-rounder has set the stakes high for himself after a spell-binding show against Mumbai Indians in the opener.
Kolkata Knight Riders:
Sunil Narine – Apart from delivering economical spells, Narine ‘the batsman’ has been taking on the bowlers at will while he opens.
Rinku Singh – Despite projecting a below-par performance in the initial game, the left-handed batsman brings in a lot of variety in the team. His off-break bowling might be fruitful in the middle overs if Chennai offers a turning track.