Date & Time: Sunday,14th April; 04:00pm IST
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
The Chennai Super Kings proving to be the champions yet again by staying at the top of the table. Even with mediocre performances from the batting line-up, they are managing the show by depending on the bowling resources.
On the flip side, Kolkata’s strength has been their batting in this season so far. When it comes to bowling, they are struggling to contain the opposition as their reliable spin trio have not been able to pick wickets.
If anything to go by Friday’s clash, another batting-friendly surface is likely to be offered on Sunday.
Considering the conditions on offer, Chennai might drop one of their spinners to bring in a pacer. Other than that Sam Billings might get a game in place of struggling Shane Watson.
Kolkata went with three changes in the previous match due to some illness and fitness concerns. Now, they have to deal with Russell’s absence if he is declared to be unfit for the match.
In the previous match, he was given an opportunity to bat at the top of the order. Gill made the most of it with a crisp half-century. In the absence of regular openers, he will try harder to consolidate his position in the top order.
Apart from a half-century against Delhi in the side’s second game, he hasn’t been able to play the finisher role effectively. It is imperative that he comes back to scoring good runs, especially in the absence of a few key batsmen in his team. His good record against Chennai bowlers might come in handy if he sees off Tahir, who has dismissed him thrice in the last five T20s.
He has not yet contributed significantly for the team in this season which has been quite unusual for the seasoned campaigner. His record at the venue might help him regain his form.
He has scored 316 runs in the last five matches played here. However, he has to be cautious against Kuldeep, who dismissed him twice in last four T20s.
He has been the consistent pace bowler for Chennai so far this season. In the last encounter between these two sides, he has taken the life out of Kolkata’s batting lineup, as he demolished 3 out of the top 4 batsmen. Now it will be interesting to see whether he can have the same impact in a venue where runs are expected to fly high.
He is not at his best so far in the season, as he struggled to get the better of batsmen with his variations. In the previous match against Chennai, he was touted to be the X factor for Kolkata, as he has a good record against them. Although he couldn’t do much on that occasion, he now has another opportunity to do so in his home venue.
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