Kolkata Knight Riders face an uphill task when they take Chennai Super King team which is full of formidable batting lineup. Both teams will look to register a win at Chepauk which is again a pitch with full of runs.
This is match between a top-of the table clash between the Chennai Super Kings and the Kolkata Knight Riders. Both teams won their first two games and this will be a battle to gain an early lead.
Chennai will miss their start player Matthew Hayden and Mike Hussey, who would return home on national duties on May 1st, so they will be looking to get the win under their belt to improve their chance of making to the semifinal. On the other hand Kolkata has same problem they will also lost two good players Ricky Ponting and B.McCullum due to their tour programs. So Kolkata would also like to register a win here at Chepauk.
Chepauk pitch will be once again a highly productive day for the batsman Kolkata Knight Riders will be hoping that their Wicketkeeper batsman Brendon McCullum fire once again to regain his 'orange cap' - worn by the highest cumulative run-scorer in the tournament, from Kumar Sangakkara.
Ricky Ponting would also like to get going so far he was not able to fire in this tournament. Ishant Sharma is in prime form but face a real battle against the formidable batting lineup. Chennai's captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, will be keen to match the batting exploits of his peers. Matthew Hayden, after his masterly 81 against the Mumbai Indians, is another potential match-winner.
Likely Playing XI for both the teams (Match will start from India time)
Chennai Super King: Matthew Hayden, Parthiv Patel, Michael Hussey, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain), Suresh Raina, Jacob Oram, S Badrinath, Joginder Sharma, P Amarnath, Manpreet Gony, Muttiah Muralitharan, Kepler Wessels (Coach).
Kolkata Knight Riders: Sourav Ganguly (Captain), Brendon McCullum, Ricky Ponting, David Hussey, Mohammad Hafeez, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ajit Agarkar, Ashok Dinda, Murali Kartik, Ishant Sharma, John Buchanan (Coach).