Wednesday, January 26, 2022

IPL 2021 Phase Two: Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders – Match Preview, Prediction and Fantasy XI

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The first fixture of today’s double header of IPL 2021 will be between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders. This match will take place at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi at 3:30 pm IST.

Leading up to this contest both the teams are in great form as they have won both their games of phase two of IPL 2021. As a result, KKR and CSK will try their best to continue their winning momentum and seal their place in the playoffs.

Also Read: How has KKR’s Opening Batsman Venkatesh Iyer Risen To Fame after just playing Two IPL Matches?


Chennai Super Kings

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Chennai Super Kings have won both their games of phase two of IPL 2021 comprehensively. Sitting at second position of the table with 14 points, a win against KKR would mean that they become the second team after DC to qualify for the playoffs. With the results of the last two games, it is highly unlikely that

Kolkata Knight Riders

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Similar to CSK, KKR has won both their games and surprisingly taken the fourth spot on the table with 8 points as of now. However, the franchise will require to maintain their good form for the entire tournament and cannot effort to drop games if they want to secure qualification. The emergence of Venkatesh Iyer and a brilliant 74 by Triphati solves all the batting problems at the top.

Prediction for the IPL 2021 Match between CSK and KKR

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CSK look in much better shape than KKR because of their entire balance of the team. They have a deep batting lineup which has shown that they can perform under pressure. On the other hand, KKR’s middle order has not been tested. Hence it is expected that CSK will emerge triumphant and become new group leaders.

Fantasy XI Team

Dwayne Bravo – 9 Cr (Captain)

Dwayne Bravo is in terrific form with the ball. He has picked up 6 wickets in two games and has also contributed with the bat against MI. As a result, his wicket taking ability and firepower to smash quick fire runs made me select him as the captain.

Shubhman Gill – 9 Cr (Vice Captain)

I have selected Shubhman Gill as the vice captain of my fantasy team because he has played brilliantly against Rcb in KKR’s opening game at Abu Dhabi. Hence one could expect him to play a good innings at Abu Dhabi against Chennai once again.

Ruturaj Gaikwad 8.5 Cr

The Csk opener is in fine form and has given his team good starts in both games in phase two of IPL 2021.

Venkatesh Iyer 8.5 Cr

Venkatesh Iyer scored a brilliant half century against MI in the last game and played a good knock against Rcb. Thus I have selected him in my fantasy XI.

Faf Du Plessis – 9.5 Cr

Faf Du Plessis has been the most important batsman in this Csk side. He has helped his team claim the second spot by scoring 350 runs in 9 games with an average of 50. Therefore the South African batsman is a must have player in any fantasy lineup.

Andre Russell – 10.5 Cr

Andre Russell is one of the most dangerous rounders in cricket. The West Indian’s destructive batting and excellent death bowling makes him a valuable asset for Kolkata.

Rahul Tripathi – 8.5 Cr

Rahul Tripathi played a match winning knock of 74 which helped KKR cruise towards a victory against MI. His contribution would be crucial if KKR ends up winning this contest.

Ms Dhoni 8.5 Cr

Ms Dhoni is undoubtedly one of the best finishers in the history of the sport. His batting prowess at the latter stages of the innings and his wicket keeping skills will come in handy against KKR Gody.

Deepak Chahar 8.5 Cr

Deepak Chahar’s ability to pick up wickets early in the game makes him a great player to have in a fantasy 11.

Lockie Ferguson 8.5 Cr

Lockie Ferguson has been brilliant for Kolkata in the last two games and he could be the game changer as he can pick a wicket for his side at any given moment

Varun Chakravarthy 8.5 Cr

Varun Chakravarthy is a type of spinner who could give a side breakthrough when required. Thus I have selected the leg spinner in my side.


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