Hello all and welcome to Addi’s Prediction
ABOUT THE MATCH
The Chennai Super Kings are firmly in the top-half of the table while the Kolkata Knight Riders are trying to separate themselves from the chasing lower half. Both the two teams have displayed some very high-quality cricket in IPL 2018 although it would be fair to say that CSK is making fart-stopping finishes a habit.
Traveling to Kolkata is never the easiest jobs for teams because the surface is pretty unique in its nature. KKR has traditionally been able to make its home ground into a fortress and is tough to beat. CSK and MS Dhoni, on the other hand, are enjoying a resurgence that is bringing smiles to the faces of millions of fans.
KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS
KKR pulled off a deceptively difficult chase against RCB with ease in the last match. Valuable contributions from Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, and Dinesh Karthik helped them chase down a tricky total on a pitch that was taking plenty of spin.
This last performance would have given KKR plenty of confidence especially since their batting has been a bit unpredictable off late.
CHENNAI SUPER KINGS
CSK is sitting on top of the table after their win against the Delhi Daredevils and will be very confident traveling to Kolkata as they look to consolidate that position. Four changes in the last match showed that CSK is still looking for that right balance in their side and injury to Deepak Chahar has not helped.
The pillar for this CSK team has been its batting and the three players to have made all the difference will be in prime focus again. We are referring to Shane Watson, Ambati Rayadu, and MS Dhoni as the three most important players of course.
PITCH AND CONDITIONS
There is plenty of rain that has been predicted for match day in Kolkata. Interruptions seem all but certain at this point in time but we are still hoping for a match to be played out. Rain is expected to get a little lighter as the day progresses, though.
The pitch in Kolkata has a good amount of pace and bounce, perfect for fast bowlers, and should also help the batsmen play their shots. Scores of around 160-170 should be considered par. Movement early on in the match could be crucial as there is almost always some grass left on the pitch nowadays.