Both Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have started their UAE leg of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 with authority. Both the teams have defeated Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore in their first 2 matches.
CSK was being looked upon as a ‘Chepauk friendly team’ but they seem to have overcome the tag and have been pretty solid with the bowl and good enough with the bat. KKR have shrugged off their weakness in the batting powerplay with the young gun Venkatesh Iyer giving them a flying start in each of the 2 games.
CSK and KKR both would be eyeing not to lose the momentum and carry on their winning streak when they face off against each other at Abu Dhabi today.
Date – 26th September, 2021
Time – 3:30 PM IST
Venue – Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Pitch Report and Weather Forecast
Extreme levels of humidity and the surface of the pitch will hold up a bit. A slow paced surface with 165 being the average score batting first.
Chennai Super Kings
No injury concerns for CSK.
Strength: Death bowling has been outstanding with Bravo hitting the mark consistently. Their bowling has been able to restrict the teams MI and RCB at 136 and 156 respectively.
Weakness: The middle order looks rusty and Moeen Ali’s form with the bat has been inconsistent. The batting order relies heavily on the openers Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf Du Plessis.
Likely XI: Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w/c), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood.
Kolkata Knight Riders
No injury concerns so far .
Strength: KKR looks like a pretty formidable and balanced side. Biggest positive being the introduction of Venkatesh Iyer who has been giving flying starts to KKR. Lockie Ferguson is delivering his best having picked up 4 wickets at an ER of just above 6.
Weakness: The middle order hasn’t been tested so far. Nitish Rana and Dinesh Karthik lack game time while Captain Morgan’s poor form with the bat continues.
Likely XI: Venkatesh Iyer, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna.
CSK 16 – 9 KKR
Top 3 Fantasy Picks
Andre Russell: Someone who bowls 4 overs and bowls at the death is always a favourite pick for fantasy. Russell has them plus hitting powers are known to all. If on song, you can win a fantasy game single-handedly if you pick him.
Venkatesh Iyer: He has been in an excellent touch in the last 2 games having scored 94 runs at a S/R of 164.9. Also, Iyer has medium pace bowling skills and KKR might try him if the situation arises.
Moeen Ali: Bats at no.3 and his hitting skills are not unknown to us. On a slow paced surface of Abu Dhabi his 4 overs can be crucial. Can earn you points with both the bat and ball.
Suggested Playing 11 – Option 1 for CSK vs KKR Real11 Fantasy Cricket
Suggested Playing 11 – Option 2 for CSK vs KKR Real11 Fantasy Cricket
Disclaimer: The teams given above involve analysis and instinct of the writer. You can go with the above options. Otherwise, make your fantasy XI based on the understanding, keeping our tips in mind.