The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will take on Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at their home ground M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai on Sunday. It is the 38th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013 and their second meeting in the tournament.
CSK and KKR are taking the field after winning their respective previous matches. They have played against each other this season, which CSK won by four wickets.
CSK are in the second position with 12 points after winning six of the eight games played so far. They will be high on confidence after winning the last three games. They defeated Rajasthan Royals by five wickets in the previous match. They will be keen to win on Sunday and take over RCB to top the table.
KKR are placed in the second half of the table with six points after winning three of the eight matches played so far. They won the previous match against Kings XI Punjab by 6 wickets, and they will be keen to keep the momentum.
The teams have met 11 times in the past and CSK won on seven occasions while KKR won four. CSK defeated KKR by four wickets in their previous meeting this season.
Chennai Super Kings: Skipper MS Dhoni and Michael Hussey are in form, and credit for the win in the previous game goes to them. With Murali Vijay, Suresh Raina and Dwayne Bravo in the side, their batting line-up is formidable. They will be expecting the top order to give a good start so that Dhoni can guide the team home in the latter part of the game.
Dirk Nannes, Ankit Rajpoot, Chris Morris, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo and Mohit Sharma form the batting line-up of the team. Bravo and Sharma took two wickets apiece in the previous match. They will expect them to restrict the opponents from scoring at will.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Manvinder Bisla, Jacques Kallis and Eoin Morgan ensured took the team home in the previous match. In-form Gautam Gambhir failed with his bat in the previous match but he may bounce back any time. With Brendon McCullum, Yusuf Pathan and Manoj Tiwary in line, they are a strong batting side.
On the bowling front, they have Sunil Narine, Jacques Kallis, Brett Lee, Rajat Bhatia, Sachithra Senanayake and Lakshmipathy Balaji. Kallis took two wickets while Balaji, Bhatia and Sarabjit Ladda took one wicket apiece in their previous match.
CSK are the favourite to win on Sunday.
Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (C), Albie Morkel, Srikkanth Anirudha, Ankit Rajpoot, Baba Aparajith, Ben Hilfenhaus, Ben Laughlin, Chris Morris, Dirk Nannes, Dwayne Bravo, Francois du Plessis, Imtiyaz Ahmed, Jason Holder, Michael Hussey, Mohit Sharma, Murali Vijay, Nuwan Kulasekara, R Karthikeyan, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Ronit More, Shadab Jakati, Subramaniam Badrinath, Suresh Raina, Vijay Shankar, Wriddhiman Saha
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (c), Brendon McCullum, Brett Lee, Debabrata Das, Eoin Morgan, Iqbal Abdulla, Jacques Kallis, James Pattinson, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Manoj Tiwary, Manvinder Bisla, Shami Ahmed, Pradeep Sangwan, Rajat Bhatia, Ryan McLaren, Ryan ten Doeschate, Sachithra Senanayake, Sarabjit Ladda, Shakib Al Hassan, Sunil Narine, Yusuf Pathan
Where to Watch Live
The match will begin at 4:00 pm IST and will be telecast live on Sony Set Max channel.