CSK vs KKR Match Preview

Chennai won two matches before losing their next two at the start of the 2024 IPL. They have an opportunity to get back to winning ways, but will be hard pressed against a Kolkata Knight Riders outfit that is unbeaten after three matches this season.

The Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders have five IPL titles between them. This match is a clash between two tournament titans and is sure to bring plenty of interesting individual battles within this cricketing war. Here are some excellent pointers for your Dream11 team selections.

Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Ravindra Jadeja and Moeen Ali are some of the biggest and best all-rounders in the global game. All four will probably be involved in this fixture. Ali entered the CSK XI recently and made an immediate impact with two wickets. Narine is KKR's leading run-scorer this season. Russell is Kolkata's joint-leading wicket-taker. Jadeja has been an excellent all-rounder for several seasons for Chennai.

You will also have the choice of two of the best wicketkeeper-batters in T20 cricket. Phil Salt was a late addition to Kolkata's plans, but has succeeded since joining. MS Dhoni is no longer CSK captain, but is as solid as ever with the bat and behind the stumps.

The conditions should offer the spinners benefit, but look past the performance of Mustafizur Rahman. The Bangladesh fast bowler is a major asset for the Super Kings - and has already taken seven wickets in the 2024 Indian Premier League.

Look forward to the performances of captains Ruturaj Gaikward and Shreyas Iyer. They are two of the best batters in the competition, who continue to navigate leadership and their primary roles with the willow. Iyer is probably the stronger pick of the two for your Dream11 team, but that's not to say you can't go for both.

Weather Report

No rain is predicted in Chennai on matchday. We should get in a full fixture amid hot and humid conditions. The team to win the toss will likely elect to bowl first.

Pitch Report

A first-innings total of 180-plus should be competititve. It will be interesting to see if the same pitched used for recent IPL fixtures in Chennai is used for this match. If so, the track might be a bit slower than usual.

Notable stats

Rahman in form

CSK pace ace Rahman is the joint-leading wicket-taker in the 2024 IPL. He has taken seven wickets in three matches, including a four-for against the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Team News

Kolkata won't likely change a winning XI, but could struggle to justify the selection of all-rounder Venkatesh Iyer. He was poor with the ball and didn't contribute much with the bat in the previous fixture. CSK used 12 overs of spin in their previous match - let's see if the go with four slow bowlers again.

CSK vs KKR Probable 11

CSK Playing 11

  • Rachin Ravindra
  • Ruturaj Gaikwad (C)
  • Ajinkya Rahane
  • Shivam Dube
  • Ravindra Jadeja
  • Daryl Mitchell
  • MS Dhoni (Wk)
  • Moeen Ali
  • Tushar Deshpande
  • Deepak Chahar
  • Maheesh Theekshana

KKR Playing 11

  • Phil Salt (Wk)
  • Sunil Narine
  • Angkrish Raghuvanshi
  • Andre Russell
  • Shreyas Iyer (C)
  • Rinku Singh
  • Venkatesh Iyer
  • Ramandeep Singh
  • Mitchell Starc
  • Harshit Rana
  • Varun Chakravarthy
This is not the official playing 11 for the match. This is a prediction of the expected playing 11 for each team based on the writers analysis.

Dream11 Prediction

Kolkata should win here. They have already collected three victories in a row this IPL season. Chennai have lost their last two matches. Kolkata's batting and bowling depth is stronger.

Top Picks

Shreyas Iyer: Pick the KKR captain and anticipate a big performance with the bat.

Andre Russell: In a match that will feature plenty of excellent all-rounders, the West Indian is among the best

Mustafizur Rahman: The CSK pace ace has already taken seven wickets this IPL season; back him for more

CSK vs KKR Dream11 Team 1

Keeper: Phil Salt

Batters: Ruturaj Gaikwad (VC), Shivam Dube, Shreyas Iyer (C), Rachin Ravindra

All-rounders: Sunil Narine, Andre Russell

Bowlers: Ravindra Jadeja, Moeen Ali, Mitchell Starc, Tushar Deshpande

CSK vs KKR Dream11 Prediction - OCB Team Prediction