Defending champions Chennai Super Kings will take on the Kolkata Knight Riders in the tournament opener this year and this will be a repeat of the last year’s final. CSK ended up on the winning side in the previous meeting and KKR will be seeking revenge for losing out in the finals last year. Both teams have been slightly affected by their overseas players arriving late and CSK will not have their services of Moeen Ali for the first game. However, the big news is the legendary MS Dhoni stepping down captaincy and has handed over the reins to Ravindra Jadeja for the season.
On the other hand, Kolkata Knight Riders do have some interesting options on the bench but have been slightly affected with Pat Cummins and Aaron Finch arriving late as well. The two-time winners will look up to their new skipper Shreyas Iyer to do the magic while a lot of familiar faces have come back into the squad. It is expected to be a heavyweight clash between two teams who have some match-winners in their squad. Get the best odds and bet on your favorite team with the following details.
CHENNAI SUPER KINGS NEWS
MS Dhoni handing over the captaincy to Ravindra Jadeja remains the biggest news from the CSK camp. Deepak Chahar, on whom the franchise spent big bucks in the auction, isn’t fully fit and isn’t with the team yet. Moeen Ali, who was having Visa issues earlier, is now set to arrive soon. However, he won’t be available for the first game as the English all-rounder would first go into the mandatory isolation.
KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS NEWS
Pat Cummins isn’t available yet as he is on national duty in Pakistan. Recently, KKR was dealt with a blow when Alex Hales opted out of the tournament. They replaced him with Aaron Finch. However, Finch would also not be there for a few games as he is set to lead Australia in the limited-overs series against Pakistan.
Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Match 1, IPL 2022
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Date & Time: 26th March, 7:30 PM
CSK VS KKR MATCH TOSS PREDICTION
Most teams preferred to field first throughout the 2021 IPL. We predict that both skippers will insert the opposition if they win the toss in this game.
CSK VS KKR MATCH PITCH REPORT
The Wankhede Stadium often produces a wicket to excite batters. We expect a par score to be over 200 with pace and spin bowlers having to work hard for their dismissals.
Clear skies throughout this evening fixture with the temperature no lower than 29 degrees.
PROBABLE TOP PERFORMERS
PROBABLE BEST BATTER OF THE MATCH: SHREYAS IYER
Shreyas Iyer has been in the form of his life at the moment and he will return to his favorite number three position, where he has been the most effective. The right-hander can switch gears by playing the anchor role at times and can hit some lusty blows if needed as well. The KKR skipper is likely to make the most out of this edition going by the form he has been in and he can be a match-winner for the franchise.
PROBABLE BEST BOWLER OF THE MATCH: SUNIL NARINE
Sunil Narine bowled splendidly in the recently concluded CPL as well as in the BPL and excelled with both bat and ball. The mystery spinner has been associated with the franchise for a long time now and he can be the X factor with the ball. The 33-year-old can turn around games on his own and he will be a handy batter down the order. Narine was one of the reasons behind KKR’s comeback in the previous edition of IPL.
IPL 2022 CSK VS KKR: PREDICTED PLAYING XI FOR CHENNAI SUPER KINGS
Chennai Super Kings face two big hurdles ahead of the first match. Firstly, Moeen Ali is not available for the first match as confirmed by CSK’s official handle. Moeen Ali’s visa issues couldn’t be cleared, and thus he is expected to miss the first match. Secondly, Deepak Chahar is injured and will miss most of the tournament.
Owing to these two issues, we should see a change in the batting order and Team combination for the first match. CSK should most likely play Shivam Dube in place of Moeen Ali and Chris Jordan in place of Deepak Chahar to balance out the playing 11. However, the batting order may see a change with Ravindra Jadeja getting an opportunity to bat up the order.
With Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway as openers, CSK should play Robin Uthappa at 3 and Ambati Rayudu at 4. Jadeja could be given more opportunity to bat, hence he could be an ideal bet for number 5. These 5 should be followed by Shivam Dube, MS Dhoni, and Dwayne Bravo. This forms a good batting order.
Coming to bowling, the absence of Deepak Chahar means, CSK will have to invest in two overseas bowlers. From the given lot, and looking at the pitch, Chris Jordan and Adam Milne seem an ideal bet. Their pace combined with the guile of Dwayne Bravo seems a perfect pace combo for CSK. Meanwhile, R Hangargekar can be a good addition to the team. Having performed well in the recent World Cup, this could be an opportunity of a lifetime for him. The match prediction will guide punters in placing bets on the best team.
Today’s match prediction: Kolkata Knight Riders to win the match.