Indian Premier League 2023: Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders – 61st Match Preview and Updates

CSK would secure a Qualifier 1 berth with a win here. As they prepare to face KKR, this will be their final home game of the season. They’ve won their last two matches in a row at this venue.

The pitch has not been as flat as in previous games played here. Bowlers have recently found success in low-scoring matches. In their most recent match, CSK successfully defended 167 against DC.

Kolkata Knight Riders were defeated by RR in a must-win game at home. It appeared to be a difficult track to bat on, as KKR scored only 149 runs while batting first. The opposition, on the other hand, won with 41 balls to spare.

If the Chepauk pitch continues to aid spinners, KKR will find it even more difficult to score runs. Despite the fact that KKR has some good spinners, CSK will come out on top with the ball on a slowish pitch against an inconsistent KKR lineup.

The 61st Match between Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders will take place on May 14th, 2023 at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.

Match Details to Note

Match: Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders, 61st Match, Indian Premier League 2023

Date: May 14, 2023 (Sunday)                                                       

Time: 7:30 PM IST

Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders

Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders

Chennai Super Kings (Match Odds – 1.57):


If MSD and company win the title this season, it will be a scene straight out of a movie. Dhoni has been outstanding as a captain and finisher this season.

He does not have the best or most experienced bowling attack. Nonetheless, he has managed to propel his team to second place in the points table. MI has a fantastic batting lineup that includes many big-hitting T20 specialists.

However, when they came to Chepauk, CSK limited them to 139-8 bowling first. Deepak Chahar, Tushar Deshpande, and Pathirana have all had success with the ball.

In the batting department, Shivam Dube maintains his momentum and form while playing with intent. Even when it would have been difficult for others to score boundaries, Dube managed to up the ante with a few sixes and a quick fire innings.

MS Dhoni appears to be in good form and can deliver a strong finish in the final 3-4 overs. Devon Conway has been in fine form at the top this season. Both he and his opening partner can adapt to the situation and play a useful knock.

Pathirana has taken eight wickets in the last three games. Prior to these three matches, CSK had lost two consecutive matches in which the bowlers failed at the death. Pathirana is a vital cog in this bowling attack, and his form has a significant impact on CSK’s chances.

Full Squad:

MS Dhoni (c), Devon Conway, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ambati Rayudu, Subhranshu Senapati, Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Dwaine Pretorius, Mitchell Santner, Ravindra Jadeja, Tushar Deshpande, Mukesh Chowdhary, Matheesha Pathirana, Simarjeet Singh, Deepak Chahar, Prashant Solanki, Maheesh Theekshana, Ajinkya Rahane, Ben Stokes, Shaik Rasheed, Nishant Sindhu, Sisanda Magala, Ajay Mandal, Bhagath Varma

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Players to watch out for:

Devon Conway

The 31-year-old has failed to hit a half-century in his last two innings. However, he scored 56 runs the last time Chennai Super Kings faced Kolkata Knight Riders.

Tushar Desphande

Only Yuzvendra Chahal and Rashid Khan have taken more IPL wickets than the right-arm medium fast bowler.

Matheesha Pathirana

The 20-year-old Sri Lankan pace bowler, has six wickets in his last two games at this venue.

Possible Playing XI:

Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Ajinkya Rahane, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Deepak Chahar, Tushar Deshpande, Maheesh Theekshana

Kolkata Knight Riders (Match Odds – 2.40):


Two back-to-back victories kept KKR in the race, and they then faced the mighty Royals on their home turf, where they’ve been disappointing this season.

Jason Roy and Gurbaz will be critical to victory here. The opposition lacks experienced pacers, and Roy can go after them in the powerplay and lay the groundwork for others to build on.

Nitish Rana is a good batter who has been out of form recently. However, he has occasionally delivered a good knock, particularly when KKR needed to rebuild the innings.

Rinku Singh has been the standout performer for KKR this season, but his strike rate has been inconsistent. Andre Russell and Rinku Singh are the finishers, so the top and middle order must provide a solid foundation.

Russell will not stay on the crease for long if he comes on early in the innings, even if he has many deliveries to play. Russell’s quick-fire innings would be useful at the end.

Venkatesh Iyer and Nitish Rana must make significant contributions in the middle overs to build a partnership at a healthy run rate. With their spin, players like Chakravarthy and Narine will be crucial on this ground.

Full Squad:

Nitish Rana (c), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Venkatesh Iyer, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Shardul Thakur, Lockie Ferguson, Umesh Yadav, Tim Southee, Harshit Rana, Varun Chakravarthy, Anukul Roy, Rinku Singh, N. Jagadeesan, Vaibhav Arora, Suyash Sharma, David Wiese, Kulwant Khejroliya, Litton Das, Mandeep Singh, Shakib Al Hasan

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Players to watch out for:

Venkatesh Iyer

The exciting left-hander has already scored a century and two half-centuries in IPL 2023. He should have a good time batting on this pitch.

Jason Roy

Since joining the Kolkata Knight Riders, the right-handed opener has impressed. Even when he doesn’t properly time the ball, he frequently finds the boundary.

Varun Chakravarthy

The spinner went wicketless in the previous game but will relish bowling in Chepauk, where he took 3-26 only two games ago.

Possible Playing XI:

Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Jason Roy, Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana (c), Andre Russell, Rinku Singh, Sunil Narine, Shardul Thakur, Anukul Roy, Harshit Rana, Varun Chakaravarthy

Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders Batsmen Worth Watching

For the Chennai Super Kings, we like Devon Conway, Ruturaj Gaikwad, and Ajinkya Rahane. Conway has five half-centuries this year and is averaging more than 50. Ajinkya Rahane has scored a lot of runs this year and will look to attack from the start.

Our batting options for the Kolkata Knight Riders are Venkatesh Iyer, Jason Roy, and Rinku Singh. This year, Singh is averaging 50.43 runs per inning in 12 innings. Iyer is one of only four players in the 2023 IPL to have scored a century.

Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders Bowlers Worth Watching

Tushar Deshpande, Ravindra Jadeja, and Matheesha Pathirana are the top three bowlers for Chennai Super Kings. In the IPL, Jadeja has a particularly strong track record at this venue. Deshpande has taken the fifth most wickets in the competition so far.

Our bowling picks for the Kolkata Knight Riders are Varun Chakravarthy, Andre Russell, and Sunil Narine. We expect Narine, who has 485 T20 wickets, to be a threat on a pitch that often favors spin bowlers. Russell has seven wickets this season with a strike rate of 12.14.

Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders Head to Head

Chennai Super Kings have a great record against Kolkata Knight Riders and are looking for their 20th victory in this game. The Kolkata Knight Riders have lost five of their last six meetings.

Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders Head to Head Stats in IPL

  Matches Played CSK Won KKR Won Tie NR
Overall 30 19 10 0 1
Last 5 5 4 1 0 0

Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders Toss Prediction

Batting first teams have won three of the six matches played at Chepauk this season. In recent games, the pitch has been on the slower side, and teams would be comfortable defending a total in such conditions.

Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders Pitch Report

CSK’s final home game of the season will take place at MA Chidambaram Stadium. If CSK advances to Qualifier 1, they will return here to play that match as well. The dimensions of the field aren’t too large, allowing batters to easily clear the boundaries and hit numerous sixes. If the pitch has pace and bounce, a total of 185 or higher would be a match-winning score.

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For the majority of the season, the pitch was flat, and we saw some high-scoring games, including one in which a 200-run total was successfully chased down. It’s been slow lately, and spinners have gotten some help from the surface. Because the weather will be partly cloudy, there may be no dew later in the night.

Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders Prediction

CSK is one win away from securing a Qualifier 1 spot. The home team is in excellent form, and recent pitch conditions have been ideal for their bowling attack. Given how powerful KKR’s batting is, they would almost certainly use the same pitch, and KKR can wreak havoc on a good batting surface. Given the inconsistency of the KKR lineup and the home team’s current form, we believe CSK will win this match. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!

Chennai Super Kings is the favourite to beat Kolkata Knight Riders at the odds of 1.57.

Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders Most Recommended Player for Bet:

Matheesha Pathirana took 3-37 in the previous game and is our pick to be the top wicket taker for the Chennai Super Kings in this game.

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