CSK vs KKR: The 15th edition of the Indian Premier League is all set to kick off with a highly anticipated encounter between Chennai Super Kings and the Kolkata Knight Riders on Saturday at Wankhede Cricket Stadium. The two teams last met each other in the final of the IPL 2021. Both teams are ready to take on one another under a new captain.
Chennai Super Kings beat Kolkata Knight Riders in that encounter to lift their fourth IPL title under the captaincy of MS Dhoni. MS Dhoni, however, is longer their captain. He has handed over the leadership duties to Ravindra Jadeja. CSK, once again, has managed to compile a pretty balanced squad. Devon Conway has been picked as a like-for-like replacement for Faf du Plessis.
He is likely to open the batting with Ruturaj Gaikwad. The middle-order will comprise the likes of Robin Uthappa, Ambati Rayudu and MS Dhoni. Besides, the presence of all-rounders such as Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo should keep the team in good stead. As far as bowling is concerned, the onus will be on the likes of Adam Milne and Tushar Deshpande. Deepak Chahar is injured and is likely to miss the major chunk of the tournament.
On the other hand, Kolkata Knight Riders will be looking to take revenge on the last year’s final. Venkatesh Iyer will have a new opening partner in Ajinkya Rahane. Shreyas Iyer has been appointed as the new skipper. He should bat at number three, followed by the likes of Nitish Rana and Sam Billings.
The presence of Andre Russell and Sunil Narine will provide the much-needed balance. Pat Cummins is unavailable for the first match, which means Karunaratne might get a chance. Besides, Umesh Yadav is also likely to make the cut, while Varun Chakravarthy will lead the spin department.
CSK vs KKR Head to Head
Matches Played: 28
CSK won: 18
Match: IPL 2022 Opener
Teams: Kolkata Knight Riders & Chennai Super Kings
Match Date & Day: March 26, Saturday
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Timing: 7:30 PM
Where to watch (TV): Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 Hindi (Also available in HD, along with regional languages)
Where to watch (Online): Disney+ Hotstar
CSK vs KKR Complete Squads:
KKR: Pat Cummins, Andre Russell, Varun Chakravarthy, Venkatesh Iyer, Sunil Narine, Shreyas Iyer (c), Nitish Rana, Shivam Mavi, Sheldon Jackson, Ajinkya Rahane, Rinku Singh, Anukul Roy, Rasikh Dar, B Indrajith, Abhijeet Tomar, Pratham Singh, Ashok Sharma, Sam Billings, Aaron Finch, Ramesh Kumar, Mohammad Nabi, Umesh Yadav, Aman Khan
CSK: Ravindra Jadeja (c), MS Dhoni, Moeen Ali, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Dwayne Bravo, Ambati Rayudu, Robin Uthappa, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif, Tushar Deshpande, KM Asif, Shivam Dube, Maheesh Theekshana, Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Samarjeet Singh, Devon Conway, Dwaine Pretorius, Mitchell Santner, Subhranshu Senapati, Adam Milne, Mukesh Choudhary, Prashant Solanki, C Hari Nishaanth, N Jagadeesan, Chris Jordan, K Bhagath Varma