IPL 2013 Match 26 Preview: Super Kings Eye Revenge at Kolkata

Chennai Super Kings are the most successful team of the Indian Premier League. But in 2012 Kolkata Knight Riders toppled them in the final at Chennai. To set the record straight and prove that their dominance of 6 wins and 4 losses against KKR is not a thing of the past, they are visiting Eden Gardens. With KKRs imminent batting woes, CSK appears set to win their 4th game at Edens in 7 visits.

IPL 2013 Fixture and Results

History
In the last 6 editions they have met on 11 occasions including the 2012 finals. In the first 3 editions, when KKR had the weakest performance, CSK won 4, lost 1 and 1 produed no result. In the past two editions KKR has won 3 and lost 2.

Head-to-Head Record: CSK 6, KKR 4
2008

    CSK def KKR by 9 Wickets
    CSK def KKR by 3 Runs

2009

    CSK v KKR NR
    KKR def CSK by 7 Wickets

2010

    CSK def KKR by 55 Runs
    CSK def KKR by 9 Wickets

2011

    CSK def KKR by 2 runs, MOM: Anirudha
    KKR def CSK by 10 runs (D/L method), MOM: Abdulla

2012

    KKR won by 5 wkts, MOM: Gambhir
    CSK win by 5 wickets, MOM: Michael Hussey
    Final: KKR won by 5 wickets, MOM: Bisla

2008 Performances
CSK was the finalist, but they failed to break the Royals code as Shane Warne’s unorthodox team inflicted third consecutive defeat on them. Overall CSK won 9 and lost 7 KKR lost 7, won 6 and one had no result.

2009 Performances
CSK was knocked out in the semifinals by RCB. It won 8 and lost 6 with 1 no result against KKR.
KKRs worst tournament with only 3 wins, 10 losses and one no result.

2010 Performances
Finally CSK could lift the trophy. En route it registered 9 wins and 7 losses.
KKR won 7, lost 7.

2011 Performances
Becoming the first IPL team to win the tournament twice, CSK dominated with 11 wins and only 5 losses.
KKR won 8 and lost 7.

2012 Performances
Reaching the final for 4th time, CSK failed to complete a hattrick. Overall they registered 10 wins, 8 losses, and 1 no result against RCB.
KKR dominated the tournament alongwith DD and won 12, lost only 5, and had 1 no result.

2013 Performances
CSK has won 3 of the 5 games, losing 2. KKR has lost 3 and won 2 and have reasons to be concerned now.
CSK Performances
KKR Performances
Points Table

Overall Performances
CSK has reached 4 finals in the 5 IPL tournaments, winning twice and losing twice, once each to Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders.
KKR were the last team to start competitive race for trophy as in the first three editions they were the only team to have never entered the knockouts. With changes in their team and captain they reached the semifinal in 2011 and won the tournament in 2012.
Overall they have 36 wins and 36 losses, with 3 No results, one each against DD, CSK and Deccan Chargers.

Strength
Both the teams own some of the millionaires of IPL. KKR has Gambhir, Narine and Yusuf Pathan to showcase. CSK has Dhoni and Jadeja. While both the captains have been their biggest strengths, taking their team to bigger achievements with exceptional batting performances. Besides the captains KKR has experience of Kallis, Brendum McCullum and Brett Lee while CSK has Michael Hussey, Raina, Nannes.

Narine is the master stroke and gives a decisive edge to KKR and Abdulla if played can come handy as he been Player of the Match once against CSK. Balaji is generally economical. Kallis is succeeding as a bowler too.

The biggest strength for the current season are Morgan and Gambhir for KKR while Hussey, Ashwin and Jadeja form a deadly trio to beat for anyone.

Weakness
KKRs bowling has been overall good but does not appear to carry the killing factor. As a result opponents are often running lose.

Against CSK where the batting runs deep till number 9 KKR bowlers may face major challenge to keep them quiet. Other big challenge for KKR is the consistent failure of middle order, specially the big guns Yusuf Pathan and Manoj Tiwary.

CSK on the other hand has their own bowling woes. They have lost two matches and even their batting showed how fragile it can be against a good bowling attack that Warriors had.

Key Players
KKR: Gambhir, Morgan, Narine
CSK: Hussey, Dhoni, Raina

Verdict
Both have their own bowling woes but the batsmen of CSK are performing as a unit than KKRs batsmen. In bowling both are yet to settle and showcase their strength in this season. With edge in batting, and skill of CSKs Indian brigade to tackle Narine better, CSK is favorite to win.

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