IPL 2013 Match 38: KKR Needs Revenge against CSK to Survive

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.

IPL 2013 Fixture and Results
Points Table

History
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
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

2013

    CSK won by 4 wkts, MOM: Jadeja

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 6 of the 8 games, losing 2. KKR has lost 5 and won 3 and have reasons to be concerned now.
CSK Results in 2013
KKR Results in 2013

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 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.

Team Comparison
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.

KKRs Player Performance

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.

CSKs Player Performance

Verdict
Unless KKR has a surprise package to provide with some team change and new strategy, CSK would continue the winning run.

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