Chennai Super Kings hosts 2012 Kolkata Knight Riders at home with an eye on another step towards the knockout which has always belonged to them in the last 5 editions. KKR on the other hand is struggling to stay alive and seek the repeat of their 2012 final performance to get back to winning ways. Yet, considering that Chennai pitch is no more supporting only the spinners, and KKRs big guns are not firing, CSK may continue their winning run.
They have met on 12 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. CSK has won their first first match between themm in the current edition.
Head-to-Head Record: CSK 7, KKR 4
- CSK def KKR by 9 Wickets
CSK def KKR by 3 Runs
- CSK v KKR NR
KKR def CSK by 7 Wickets
- CSK def KKR by 55 Runs
CSK def KKR by 9 Wickets
- CSK def KKR by 2 runs, MOM: Anirudha
KKR def CSK by 10 runs (D/L method), MOM: Abdulla
- KKR won by 5 wkts, MOM: Gambhir
CSK win by 5 wickets, MOM: Michael Hussey
Final: KKR won by 5 wickets, MOM: Bisla
- CSK won by 4 wkts, MOM: Jadeja
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.
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.
Finally CSK could lift the trophy. En route it registered 9 wins and 7 losses.
KKR won 7, lost 7.
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.
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.
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 39 wins and 41 losses, with 3 No results, one each against DD, CSK and Deccan Chargers. CSK has 53 wins, 35 losses, and two no results, one each against KKR and RCB.
Based on squad strength both have nothing to choose between them. Both have played 8 matches each in the competion. The results indicate KKR is struggling as their player performances is below par. Gambhir, Morgan, Narine and now Kallis are firing. But the teamwork is missing. Everywhere there is improvement required. Bisla, Yusuf Pathan, Manoj Tiwary, Indian contingent and bowlers are too many weak areas for a team trying to reach third consecutive knockout. Nobody knows why Gambhir is still not bringing Brendum McCullum although they need good and quick start on top.
Chennai Super Kings have 6 wins, still their team is not performing as a unit. They have lost when Michael Hussey and Dhoni fail. The strong middle order is more failure than successful. Ashwin has been the key in bowling, Mohit Sharma appears a good find. But the bowling unit is not clicking.
Unless KKR has a surprise package to provide with some team change and new strategy, CSK would continue the winning run.