Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will face Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in match number 33 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday.
After a thrilling win over the Gujarat Titans (GT), thanks to Rinku Singh’s bravery, KKR fell into a downward spiral and were desperate to hit the reset button to take their three-game losing streak.
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The team led by Nitish Rana, which had shown so much promise with two wins over Royal Challengers Bangalore and Gujarat Titans, suddenly seemed to lose its plot.
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KKR has four points after six games and drops to eighth place in the IPL scorecard, just behind Sunrisers Hyderabad (4) and Delhi Capitals (2).
It will also be the biggest test for KKR captain Rana as emotions will tilt towards the CSK amulet MS Dhoni in what could possibly be his final appearance at the iconic Garden of Eden. .
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A sea of yellow jersey fans, wearing Dhoni’s signature No 7 jersey, is likely to flood the Garden of Eden on Sunday night.
Such demand caused tickets for this marquee match to be sold out in advance. And those that are available on the black market are being sold at extremely high prices.
Cloudy weather conditions are forecast for April 23, Sunday in Kolkata. Temperatures will range from 25 degrees Celsius to 32 degrees Celsius. Rain can disrupt the match, with a 40% chance. Humidity and achievable wind speeds are 76 percent and 9 km/h.
Knight Knights of Kolkata: Nitish Rana (captain), Rahmanullah Gurbanz, Venkatesh Iyer, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Shardul Thakur, Lockie Ferguson, Umesh Yadav, Tim Southee, Harshit Rana, Varun Chakravarthy, Anukul Roy, Rinku Singh, N Jagadeesan, Vaibhav Arora, Suyash Sharma, David Wiese, Kulwant Khejroliya, Litton Das, Mandeep Singh, Jason Roy.
Super King Chennai: MS Dhoni (captain), Devon Conway, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ambati Rayudu, Subhranshu Senapati, Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Dwaine Pretorius, Mitchell Santner, Ravindra Jadeja, Tushar Deshpande, Matheesha Pathirana, Simarjeet, Singh, Deepak Chahar Solanki, Maheesh Theekshana, Ajinkya Rahane, Ben Stokes, Shaik Rasheed, Nishant Sindhu, Sisanda Magala, Ajay Mandal, Bhagath Varma, Akash Singh.
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