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Two upbeat teams face off in what could be a strong contest

Monday, April 8, 2019 • Common Sport News Comments

CSK and KKR are set to lock horns with each other on April 9 (Tuesday), Almost a year after the two teams faced each other at the same venue on April 10, 2018.

CSKvsKKR was the only match played at Chepauk in the last season, As Cauvery river water dispute forcing games out of the MA Chidambaram Stadium and got shifted to Pune last year.Even that particular match was played amidst a chaotic situation.

CSK registered a thrilling 5 wicket victory with one ball remaining, By virtue of Jadeja's six in the fifth ball of the final over that was bowled by R.Vinay Kumar .

Andre Russell, The star of this season so far with 207 runs in 4 innings, Was on a six-hitting spree on that particular day . He had 11 sixes and 1 four in that brutal assault of 88 runs in 36 balls. 

Currently, Having played 5 matches, Both teams have won four and lost one. 

KKR had lost to DC at Delhi, as Delhi Capitals won the super over.CSK was drafted by MI at Mumbai by 37 runs.

In a quest to make it a hat trick of victories, KKR travel to Chennai, On the back of the convincing wins they secured against RCB and RR, Away from home.

Chris Lynn's return to Solidity would be a huge sigh of relief to the visitors and it would also ease the pressure that Ressul would have had. Their batting has been generally an average to good, With Ressul pulling off big heists against SRH at home and RCB away from home 

Barring the match Vs RR (139/3), The KKR bowlers have conceded 181-3 vs SRH, 1SRH, against KXIP, KXIP, Vs DC and 205/3 vs RCB. 

Yet, The debutante Harry Gurney made his presence felt immediately, With the man of the match performance of 25/2 (4). He will be looking to extend his skills against the likes of Watson, Faf, Dhoni; All are in good touch for CSK this season. Raina isn't really in his own self excluding the match against Delhi .

Harbhajan Singh has featured in 3 matches this season, Has got man of the match awards in the matches against RCB and KXIP at home. Fortunately, Scott Kuggeleijn, Who replaced Bravo, got amongst the wicket-takers in his very first game, Though he was a bit expensive against KXIP.

He will be looking to unleash his skills against Ressul, Whose Strike Rate his generally low against spin.

To state an example from last years fixture at the same venue, Harbhajan bowled just 2 overs for 11 runs and gave away only one four in his spell.

With Rayudu being pushed down the order, There wouldn't be any specific change in the CSK line up ! KKR would look to carry on with the same line up as even Lynn has finally found form.

All this sets up the audience for a strong contest on Tuesday night.

- Kumaran Kumanan

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