Chennai vs Kolkata, 22nd IPL 2024 Match Preview

Chennai vs Kolkata, 22nd IPL 2024 Match Preview

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) – the upcoming 22nd match of IPL 2024 is expected to be an explosive clash between the two powerhouses of the tournament. 

The unbeaten team of the IPL 2024 – KKR, will lock horns against the defending champions CSK on their home ground. Both these teams have a devoted fanbase globally and a competitive track record makes the contest a must-watch for all cricket fans.

In this preview, you will find the head-to-head stats and performance analysis of both teams that help predict the winner and toss outcome. Also, it is going to be exciting to compare a list of the strongest playing XI of CSK and KKR along with the expected five impact players. Especially, at its fortress, CSK has rarely lost matches and determining if the pitch conditions will be favourable to the home team or not will form the crux of this prediction.

To enjoy the thrilling moments of the match LIVE, you need to have an idea of the schedule, weather conditions at the venue, and timings.

Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders: Schedule, Venue and Timings

Here is the schedule, venue and timings of the most awaited match of Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders:

Date and Day08th April 2024 (Monday)
VenueMA Chidambaram Stadium (Chepauk Stadium),Chennai
Stadium’s Seating Capacity38,200
Timings07:30 pm IST

Chennai vs Kolkata 22nd Match Weather Forecast

In the ongoing April 2024 summer season, you can expect a complete 20-over game throughout this IPL season in India. Particularly in Chennai, there isn’t any threat of rain due to extremely hot and humid conditions.

Expected temperature during the match33 °C to 35 °C
Cloud CoverNo Clouds / Clear Sky
Wind Speed27 km/ hr
Chances of RainNo Rain
Humidity in Air80%

Performance Review of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)

Let us scrutinise the performances of Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders in this IPL 2024 so far:

1. Chennai Super Kings (CSK): 3rd position ( 4 points with +0.517 NRR)

In contrast to the first two matches of IPL 2024, the batting performance of the Chennai Super Kings has been below par.

A majority of fans and senior cricketers feel that MS Dhoni should bat above the order after his fiery cameo of 37 runs from 16 balls (including 4 fours and 3 sixes) against the Delhi Capitals.

Especially while competing against a strong batting line-up of SRH, the CSK scored 165-5 in the first innings seemed to be a below-average score.

Also, the CSK captain and opener Ruturaj Gaikwad hasn’t been in his best form, unlike the previous IPL season. In 4 matches, he scored an overall of just runs and these are his scores against these opponents:

  • 15 runs from 15 balls (including 3 fours) vs RCB
  • 46 runs from 36 balls (including 5 fours and 1 six) vs GT
  • 1 run from 2  balls vs DC
  • 26 runs from 21 balls (including 3 fours and 1 six) vs SRH

Though CSK’s bowling performance has been decent, they need to sharpen their batting skills to score huge runs against their opponents in the presence of these power hitters namely:

  • Rachin Ravindra
  • Daryll Mitchell
  • Ajinkya Rahane
  • Shivam Dube
  • Ravindra Jadeja

However, CSK needs a win against KKR with a huge margin to reach the 2nd position in the IPL 2024 points table.

2. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR): 2nd position ( 6 points with +2.518 NRR)

The powerful batting line-up of Kolkata Knight Riders has helped them acquire the first three consecutive wins in a season for the first time in the history of IPL. In their previous match against Delhi Capitals (DC), the Kolkata Knight Riders batters played an explosive innings by posting a total of 272-7 in 20 overs, which became the 2nd highest score in the history of IPL. Also, they bowled out DC for just 166 runs and won the match by 106 runs to boost their net-run rate (NRR).

Most importantly, the strong opening batters namely Philip Salt and Sunil Narine provide a solid start to their team that supports the middle order. Additionally, power-hitting batsmen like Andre Russell and Rinku Singh has played the role of perfect finishers so far.

By securing back-to-back victories, Shreyas Iyer’s led side promises to deliver another impressive performance in the upcoming match against CSK.

CSK vs KKR Head-to-Head Stats in IPL

Both CSK and KKR have competed against each other 29 times in the entire Indian Premier League so far and these stats will double your enthusiasm for the forthcoming contest:

Total Matches Played29
Matches won by CSK18
Matches won by KKR10
No Result Matches1
Highest score for CSK235-4 in 20 overs (IPL 2023)
Lowest score for CSK114-4 in 20 overs ( IPL 2011)
Highest score for KKR202-6 in 20 overs (IPL 2018)
Lowest score for KKR108-9 in 20 overs ( IPL 2019)

The above stats indicate that CSK always had an upper hand against KKR in terms of the highest score and the most number of wins in IPL.

Here are the stats and records at CSK’s home ground as tabulated below:

Total Matches of CSK vs KKR at ChepaukCSK winningsKKR winningsNo Result
10730

The above data highlights that CSK has very rarely lost matches in its home ground against the KKR.

Toss and Pitch Conditions for Chennai vs Kolkata 22nd Match IPL 2024

The pitch conditions at Chepauk Stadium are known for spin-friendly conditions and the team skipper winning the toss would decide to bat first. It is because out of 78 IPL games, teams that batted first at this venue have won 47 matches.

Also, you can expect a team’s total of 170–200 runs at this venue. Though the pitch is favourable for both batters and bowlers, the previous records of wins and losses indicate how spinners can gain more variations as the innings progresses.

However, in the first two matches of IPL 2024 at Chepauk, Chennai Super Kings chased down the target of 173 runs against Royal Challengers Bengaluru with a 6-wicket victory and successfully defended the score of 206 by achieving a massive 63-run win against Gujarat Titans.

CSK vs KKR Probable Playing XI and Impact Players

Let us figure out the probable playing XI and impact player of both Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR):

Probable Playing XI of Chennai Super Kings (CSK):

  1. Ruturaj Gaikwad (captain)
  2. Rachin Ravindra
  3. Ajinkya Rahane
  4. Moeen Ali
  5. Daryl Mitchell
  6. Shivam Dube
  7. Ravindra Jadeja
  8. MS Dhoni (wicketkeeper)
  9. Deepak Chahar
  10. Tushar Deshpande
  11. Maheesh Theekshana

Impact Players of Chennai Super Kings (CSK):

  1. Shardul Thakur
  2. Shaik Rasheed
  3. Mitchell Santner
  4. Sameer Rizvi
  5. Mukesh Choudhary

Probable Playing XI of Kolkata Knight Riders (CSK):

  1. Philip Salt (Wicketkeeper)
  2. Sunil Narine
  3. Venkatesh Iyer
  4. Shreyas Iyer (captain)
  5. Andre Russell
  6. Rinku Singh
  7. Angkrish Raghuvanshi
  8. Ramandeep Singh
  9. Mitchell Starc
  10. Harshit Rana
  11. Varun Chakaravarthy

Impact Players of Kolkata Knight Riders (CSK):

  1. Suyash Sharma
  2. Anukul Roy
  3. Manish Pandey
  4. Vaibhav Arora
  5. Rahmanullah Gurbaz

Chennai vs Kolkata 22nd Match Winner Prediction: Overall Facts

In the previous 5 meetings between CSK and KKR, the yellow army under MSD’s captaincy triumphed in 3 matches whereas KKR achieved 2 wins. Moreover, CSK’s last three wins against KKR include the IPL 2021 finals as well.

After losing back-to-back games against Delhi Capitals (DC) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the ongoing season, the Super Kings led by Ruturaj Gaikwad will aim to bounce back with a strong win by following the brilliant guidance of MS Dhoni. Also, CSK’s winning chances will be enhanced only if MS Dhoni promotes himself in the batting order to accelerate the team’s score and strengthen the batting unit.

On the other hand, the KKR under Shreyas Iyer’s captaincy has won all its matches and will be aiming to secure another win to extend their winning streak as the unbeaten side of the tournament. Also, the 2-time defending champions ( in 2012 and 2014) will be striving to reach the leading position in the points table Ultimately, it’s time to grab your favourite foodstuffs, sit back and relax to witness the thrilling battle between two IPL superstars!