IPL 2022 – Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders Game 1 – Winner prediction

Chennai Super Kings will face Kolkata Knight Riders in the tournament opener, a rematch of last year’s final. CSK won the previous meeting, but KKR will seek vengeance for losing in the final last year. Both clubs have been harmed significantly by their overseas players arriving late, and CSK will be without Moeen Ali for the opening game. The major news, though, is that the famous MS Dhoni has stepped down as captain and has handed the baton to Ravindra Jadeja for the season.

On the other hand, Kolkata Knight Riders have some intriguing bench alternatives but have been harmed by the late arrivals of Pat Cummins and Aaron Finch. The two-time champions will hope for new skipper Shreyas Iyer to perform miracles, while a number of old faces have returned to the squad. It’s expected to be a heavyweight matchup between two squads that boast some match-winners.

The match is scheduled to take place on the 26th of March, 2022 at the Wankhede Stadium.

Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders – Pitch Report

The Wankhede Pitch will be a beauty for the seamers with a tinge of grass on the wicket, while the batters will also enjoy the fast-paced track. A run feast could be expected with some extraordinary power hitters on both sides and powerplay could turn out to be the difference in the end. The captain that wins the toss is likely to bowl first on this wicket.

Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders – Probable XI

Chennai Super Kings

Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Robin Uthappa, Shivam Dube, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja (c), MS Dhoni (wk), Dwayne Bravo, Rajvardhan Hangarker, Chris Jordan, Maheesh Theekshana

Kolkata Knight Riders

Ajinkya Rahane, Venkatesh Iyer, Shreyas Iyer (c), Nitish Rana, Sam Billings (wk), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Shivam Mavi, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy

Predicted Best Batsman of the Game – Shreyas Iyer

Shreyas Iyer is in fine form right now and will return to his preferred number three spot, where he has been most efficient. The right-hander can alter gears and act as an anchor at times, as well as deliver some lusty strikes when necessary. According to his recent form, the KKR skipper is set to make the most of this edition and can be a match-winner for the franchise.

 

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Predicted Best Bowler of the Game – Sunil Narine

Sunil Narine bowled splendidly in the recently concluded CPL as well as in the BPL and excelled with both bat and ball. The mystery spinner has been associated with the franchise for a long time now and he can definitely be the X factor with the ball. The 33-year-old can turn around games on his own and he will be a handy batter down the order. Narine was one of the reasons behind KKR’s comeback in the previous edition of the IPL.

 

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MS Dhoni’s leadership has been one of the key components for CSK’s winning culture, the arrival of Shreyas Iyer will be a fresh change for the KKR side, and looking at his current run of form, we fully expect him to inspire the Knights to victory in the first game of the tournament.