Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders LIVE: Score, commentary for the 49th match of Dream11 IPL
Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders LIVE: Score, commentary for the 49th match of Dream11 IPL

Preview:

Already out of play-offs reckoning, a relaxed Chennai Super Kings are ready to play party-poopers with an aim to foil Kolkata Knight Riders' desperate bid for a victory in an Indian Premier League game on Thursday.

KKR with 12 points from 12 games would like to win the next two encounters to ensure a smooth passage while CSK, currently at the bottom of the eight-team table, are only playing for pride.

A possibility remains that multiple teams will end up on either 16 or 14 points and a comprehensive victory at this stage of the tournament, will bring the superior net run-rate into equation when the play-off spots are decided.

It won't get too easy for KKR against CSK, who handed an eight-wicket thrashing to Royal Challengers Bangalore in their previous outing.

KKR's unsettled batting order is a point of concern for Eoin Morgan, who would hope that former skipper Dinesh Karthik produces his A game when it matters most.

If the top-order fires, KKR will be better served as inconsistency has hurt the team in the course of the season as has the constant chopping and changing.

CSK, on its part, will be aiming to build on the win over RCB and end the season on a high, apart from hurting the chances of play-off hopefuls.

The batting showed some spark with the young Ruturaj Gaikwad coming up with an enterprising knock and skipper Dhoni will be hoping he keeps the good form going.

The CSK bowlers choked a strong RCB batting unit with a performance that reminded CSK of yore and that should be a worry for the KKR batsmen short on consistency.

For CSK, any win would be welcome as they endured a forgettable season which is just about to wind down.

There is a lot at stake for the Knights and they would settle for nothing less than a big win.

Squads:

Kolkata Knight Riders: Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Dinesh Karthik(Wk), Eoin Morgan(C), Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Lockie Ferguson, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy, Andre Russell, Kuldeep Yadav, Sandeep Warrier, Siddhesh Lad, Nikhil Naik, Tim Seifert, Chris Green, Rinku Singh, Ali Khan, Tom Banton, Shivam Mavi, Manimaran Siddharth

Chennai Super Kings: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w/c), N Jagadeesan, Sam Curran, Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Santner, Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir, Monu Kumar, Shane Watson, Kedar Jadhav, Piyush Chawla, Murali Vijay, Karn Sharma, Lungi Ngidi, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, KM Asif, Shardul Thakur, Josh Hazlewood

Starting XI Prediction:

Chennai Super Kings: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (C & Wk), Sam Curran, N Jagadeesan, Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Santner, Deepak Chahar, Monu Kumar, Imran Tahir

Kolkata Knight Riders: Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Dinesh Karthik (Wk), Eoin Morgan (C), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Lockie Ferguson, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy

Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders Dream11 Picks:

Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Rahul Tripathi, MS Dhoni (C & Wk), Eoin Morgan, Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Deepak Chahar, Varun Chakravarthy, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, N Jagadeesan

Toss: Chennai Super Kings win the toss, opt to field first!

Starting XI:

Kolkata Knight Riders: Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Dinesh Karthik(Wk), Eoin Morgan(C), Rinku Singh, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Lockie Ferguson, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Varun Chakravarthy

Chennai Super Kings: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(C & Wk), N Jagadeesan, Sam Curran, Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Santner, Karn Sharma, Deepak Chahar, Lungi Ngidi

The game begins!

Shubman Gill and Nitish Rana are at the crease. Shubman Gill is on strike. Chahar will open the attack for CSK!

Score after 5 overs: KKR (33-0)

Score after 10 overs: KKR (70-2)

Score after 15 overs: KKR (106-3)

Score after 20 overs: KKR (172-5)

The chase begins!

Watson and Ruturaj Gaikwad are at the crease. Watson is on strike. Cummins will open the attack for KKR!

Score after 5 overs: CSK (37-0)

Score after 10 overs: CSK (74-1)

Score after 15 overs: CSK (121-3)

Chennai Super Kings defeat Kolkata Knight Riders by 6 wickets!

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