Thursday, May 3, 2018

Vivo IPL Live Score, KKR vs CSK: Table-Toppers Chennai Play Kolkata At Eden Gardens

 Vivo IPL Live Score, KKR vs CSK: Leaders Chennai take on Kolkata at the Eden Gardens

 Table-toppers Chennai Super Kings, who have looked a class apart so far, will start as hot favourites against Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL clash at the Eden Gardens on Thursday. Back in the Vivo IPL after a two year suspension, the MS Dhoni-led outfit have till now won 6 games out of 8 and just two lost. M S Dhoni has led from the front, playing several blistering knocks with a 22-ball 51 in the last game against DD which CSK won by 13 runs. The star ex- India captain has looked every inch like his old self with 286 runs in eight matches at 71.50. M S Dhoni rolled back the years with his 44-ball 79 against KXIP, showcasing some of his brand shots and showing glimpses of the talent which made him one of the best finishers of limited overs cricket. While CSK lost that game, they never looked like a team struggling to get going in this opposition.


Chennai Super Kings                          VS                     Kolkata Knight Riders
177/5 (20)                                                          180/4 (17.4)

KKR Beat CSK By 6 Wickets

Chennai Super Kings

Kolkata Knight Riders

Vivo IPL 2018 Live updates of KKR VS CSK match, straight from Eden Gardens, Kolkata

Moreover M S Dhoni, IPL-11's top-scorer Ambati Rayudu has been outstanding with the bat as well, amassing 370 runs at 46.25. In the last 4 matches, Rayudu has scores of 41, 46, 82 and 79. Veteran Australian opener Shane Watson has looked excellent too with a century to his name against RR, a team he won the initial vivo IPL with, in 2008.

Watson's 40-ball 78 in the last approach across underlined the fact that his big hitting skills are still in the right place even with being on the wrong side of 30 and along with South African skipper Faf Du Plessis, they make a deadly combination on the top.

Du Plessis' compatriot Lungi Ngidi has added teeth to CSK pace sequence after returning to the fold following the demise of his father which had forced the 22-year old to rush home.

Ngidi played first time for CSK colours against DD and returned figures of 1/26. Further Ngidi, the likes of Harbhajan Singh and all rounder Dwayne Bravo have also done fine in games, giving the team an overall constancy.

Coming to the hosts, KKR recorded a morale-boosting 6 wicket win against Royal Challengers Bangalore in their last game.

After a disturbing 55-run loss against Delhi, Chris Lynn starred for Dinesh Karthik's KKR with an unbeaten 52-ball 62 as wrist spinners Piyush Chawla and Kuldeep Yadav looked good too.

KKR are 4Th in the table with 4 wins and the same number of losses. They have looked excellent in patches so far and against a formidable side in CSK, the men in purple will have their task cut out.

KKR regular performer Nitish Rana got wounded in the last game and had to be retired hurt for 15.

A lot will once again rest on West Indian all-rounder Andre Russell who has been KKR goes to man this season. Kuldeep and Piyush will have to unite their magic with the ball to limit CSK and look for untimely wickets along with mystery spinner Sunil Narine.

In their last match, CSK won a humdinger by 5 wickets with 1 ball to spare.

KKR don't have a amazing track record against CSK, losing 12 times out of a possible 19.

Teams :
KKR: Dinesh Karthik (C/WK), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Shivam Mavi, Mitchell Johnson, Shubman Gill, R Vinay Kumar, Rinku Singh, Cameron Delport, Javon Searless, Apoorv Wankhade, Ishank Jaggi and Tom Curran.

CSK: MS Dhoni (C/WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, Shane Watson, Shardul Thakur, Ambati Rayudu, Murali Vijay, Harbhajan Singh, Faf Du Plessis, Mark Wood, Sam Billings, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar, Lungisani Ngidi, K.M. Asif, N. Jagadeesan, Kanishk Seth, Monu Singh, Dhruv Shorey, Kshitiz Sharma, Chaitanya Bishnoi.


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