CSK won the previous meeting against KKR in the final of IPL 2021 to take their fourth title.
Defending champions Chennai Super Kings takes on the Kolkata Knight Riders in this year’s tournament opener and this will be a repeat of last year’s final. CSK finished on the winning side in the previous meeting and KKR will take revenge for the loss in last year’s final. Both teams have been somewhat affected by the late arrival of their foreign players and CSK will not use Moeen Ali’s services for the first match. The big news, however, is that the legendary MS Dhoni is stepping down from his captaincy and handing over the reins for the season to Ravindra Jadeja.
On the other hand, Kolkata Knight Riders have some interesting options on the bench, but are somewhat hit by Pat Cummins and Aaron Finch who also arrive late. The two-time winners will look up to their new skipper Shreyas Iyer to do the magic, while many familiar faces have returned to the squad. It is expected to be a heavyweight match between two teams that have some match winners in their squad.
Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Match 1IPL 2022
Location: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Date Time: March 26, 7:30 PM
Live Streaming: Star Sports Network for television and Disney + Hotstar app for live streaming.
The Wankhede Pitch will be a beauty to the sailors with a touch of grass on the wicket, while the batters will also enjoy the fast lane. A run party could be expected with some extraordinary power hitters on both sides and power play could prove to be the difference in the end. The captain who wins the toss will likely bowl first at the wicket.
Likely to play XIs for Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Chennai Super Kings
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Robin Uthappa, Shivam Dube, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja (c), MS Dhoni (wk), Dwayne Bravo, Rajvardhan Hangarker, Chris Jordan, Mahesh Theekshana
Kolkata Knight Riders
Ajinkya Rahane, Venkatesh Iyer, Shreyas Iyer (c), Nitish Rana, Sam Billings (wk), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Shivam Mavi, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy
Likely top performers
Presumed best hitter of the game: Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer is currently in the shape of his life and he will return to his favorite number three position where he was most effective. The right-hander can switch gears by occasionally playing the anchor role and can also pack some lusty punches if necessary. The KKR skipper is likely to get the most out of this edition due to the form he was in and he could be a match winner for the franchise.
Probably best bowler of the match: Sunil Narine
Sunil Narine threw superbly in both the recently concluded CPL and the BPL and excelled with both bat and ball. The mystery spinner has been associated with the franchise for a long time and he can certainly be the X factor with the ball. The 33-year-old can turn games on his own and will be a handy hitter. Narine was one of the reasons behind KKR’s comeback in the previous edition of IPL.
Today’s match prediction: Kolkata Knight Riders wins the match
Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. When making your prediction, keep the mentioned points in mind and make your own decision.