Indian Premier League 2022 – Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders – 1st Match Prediction
The Indian Premier League 2022 will begin on March 26th, with the defending champions Chennai Super Kings facing last year’s finalists Kolkata Knight Riders in the opening game at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. CSK would like to get off to a good start and get the ball rolling as they face a very strong KKR this season. With a win here, the Knight Riders will look to build on their upset victory in last year’s final.
In recent years, the Super Kings have had the upper hand over the Kolkata Knight Riders. However, they would be missing some of their key players, which would have an impact on their team balance. KKR is a much better team than last year, particularly with the bat. Both teams have covered their bases, and on a flat surface, we expect this game to come down to the wire.
The 1st match between Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders will take place on March 26th, 2022 at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Match Details to Note
Match: Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders, 1st Match, Indian Premier League 2022
Date: March 26, 2022 (Saturday)
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders Team Previews
Chennai Super Kings (Match Odds – 1.90)
MS Dhoni wants the team to start the season where they left off last year. The defending champions will go into this game with a lot of confidence. They have kept the same core group of players from last year and will be looking for strong performances from them. Dhoni wants his team to be buoyed by their strong record against KKR in this game.
Rituraj Gaikwad had a successful tournament last year and will look to establish a good opening wicket stand with new partner Devon Conway, who has been in good form. Robin Uthappa must demonstrate his value at No. 3 against a strong bowling attack. He intends to form alliances with Ambati Rayudu and Shivam Dube. Down the order, Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, and Dwayne Bravo add to the side’s firepower.
Deepak Chahar’s absence is a significant loss for the team, and it will be up to Chris Jordan and Tushar Deshpande to take early wickets in this game. Mitchell Santner and Ravindra Jadeja will have to step up as the wicket is unlikely to help the game. Bravo brings experience to the table, and the team has high hopes for him.
Chennai Super Kings Squad
MS Dhoni (c), Ravindra Jadeja, Moeen Ali, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Robin Uthappa, Dwayne Bravo, Ambati Rayudu, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif, Tushar Deshpande, Shivam Dube, Maheesh Theekshana, Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Simarjeet Singh, Devon Conway, Dwaine Pretorius, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Subhranshu Senapati, Mukesh Choudhary, Prashant Solanki, C Hari Nishaanth, N Jagadeesan, Chris Jordan, K Bhagath Varma
Predicted XI: MS Dhoni (c), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, Robin Uthappa (wk), Dwayne Bravo, Shivam Dube, Mitchell Santner, Chris Jordan, Tushar Deshpande
Kolkata Knight Riders (Match Odds – 1.90)
Shreyas Iyer has taken over as KKR’s new captain, and the team will be looking to make a strong start to the season. It’s a new look for the side, and it’s one of the strongest in the tournament. Iyer, who has been in excellent form in recent months, will look to take the lead and earn the first points of the season.
Venkatesh Iyer and his new opening partner Sunil Narine will look to establish a strong platform as CSK’s new ball attack has some flaws. The middle order is loaded with quality players, and Shreyas Iyer would like to form partnerships with Ajinkya Rahane, Mohammad Nabi, and Nitish Rana. They have perfect finishers in Andre Russell and Sam Billings, which adds to the team’s confidence.
Varun Chakravarthy and Tim Southee are expected to bowl tight spells with the new ball for KKR, who has a very strong bowling attack. Umesh Yadav brings experience to the table and must deliver. In this format, Narine and Nabi are skilled bowlers who will look to trouble the CSK batsmen. Russell improves the team’s bowling options for this game.
Kolkata Knight RidersSquad
Shreyas Iyer (c), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Varun Chakravarthy, Venkatesh Iyer, Pat Cummins, Nitish Rana, Shivam Mavi, Sheldon Jackson, Ajinkya Rahane, Rinku Singh, Anukul Roy, Rasikh Dar, Baba Indrajith, Chamika Karunaratne, Abhijeet Tomar, Pratham Singh, Ashok Sharma, Sam Billings, Aaron Finch, Tim Southee, Ramesh Kumar, Mohammad Nabi, Umesh Yadav
Predicted XI: Shreyas Iyer (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Sunil Narine, Mohammad Nabi, Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Sam Billings (wk), Tim Southee, Varun Chakravarthy, Umesh Yadav
Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders Toss Prediction
It is one of India’s best batting surfaces, with big totals easily chased. Defending a total is never easy here, as the wicket flattens and becomes easier to bat on in the second innings. In this game, whoever wins the toss will undoubtedly choose to bowl first.
To Win the Toss – Chennai Super Kings – 1.85
To Win the Toss – Kolkata Knight Riders – 1.85
Pitch and Weather Conditions
Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai is a small venue with one of India’s best batting surfaces. Batsmen have done well in the past at this venue because they can play their strokes freely. There isn’t much on this track for fast bowlers, and spinners have struggled with economy rates due to the venue’s small size.
On March 26, there will be clear skies over Mumbai, and we anticipate a high-scoring game due to the flatness of the wicket. Bowlers would have a difficult time bowling on this surface because there is little room for error. To win the game, the team that bats first would need to score 180 runs.
Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders Match Prediction
The Chennai Super Kings will not be able to field their strongest team. They are missing two bowlers around whom the team would have planned the season. This would put more pressure on the batsmen who have to compensate for the loss. The Kolkata Knight Riders are a well-rounded team. They have strong hitters as well as a diverse bowling attack. This would make them the game’s favourites.
Kolkata Knight Riders is the favourite to beat Chennai Super Kings at the odds of 1.90.
- With Shreyas Iyer, Ajinkya Rahane, and Andre Russell in the team, Kolkata Knight Riders have a very strong batting line-up.
- Chennai Super Kings’ bowling attack looks weak in the absence of Deepak Chahar and Moeen Ali.
- Sunil Narine and Varun Chakravarthy will enjoy the conditions and strengthen the bowling for KKR.