IPL 2023: Kolkata’s finisher can become an obstacle between Chennai and the playoffs, Dhoni-Rahane will have to be careful with this bowler
Kolkata and Chennai batsmen are hitting a lot of sixes in IPL 2023. Kolkata is on top with 114 sixes. Whereas Chennai is at number three with 100 sixes.
In the Indian Premier League 2023 (IPL 2023), Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will be eyeing a win against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Sunday to reach the playoffs. Kolkata, on the other hand, will be eyeing to stay in the playoff race. KKR all-rounder Andre Russell can become an obstacle in the way of Chennai team. If this finisher’s bat works, KKR’s victory is certain. The match is to be held at Chepauk and their record against Chennai and this ground is excellent. Apart from this, Chennai star batsman Ajinkya Rahane will have to be careful with Sunil Narine. Mahendra Singh Dhoni will have to be careful against Narine and Varun Chakraborty.
Andre Russell’s best record against Chennai
KKR finisher Andre Russell’s record against Chennai Super Kings is impressive. He has scored 309 runs against this team at a strike rate of 168.85. In Chepauk, he has scored 203 runs at a strike rate of 150.37. However, it is a matter of relief for Chennai that Russell’s bat has not done much this season. He has scored 218 runs in 12 matches. He has an average of 21.80 and a strike rate of 150.34. 42 runs has been his highest score.
What will be Kolkata’s strategy against Ajinkya Rahane and Mahendra Singh Dhoni?
Ajinkya Rahane has performed brilliantly at number-3 for Chennai Super Kings. The Kolkata team will field with 3 spinners. Nitish Rana will have to use all three in a better way. Sunil Narine has dismissed Rahane 4 times so far. Naren’s record against Mahendra Singh Dhoni is also good. Dhoni has hit him only 1 four in 73 balls. Varun Chakraborty will also prove to be effective against Dhoni. Got out 3 times in 15 balls. However, Dhoni comes to bat very low.
Kolkata and Chennai batsmen are hitting a lot of sixes
Kolkata and Chennai batsmen are hitting a lot of sixes in IPL 2023. Kolkata is on top with 114 sixes. Whereas Chennai is at number three with 100 sixes. Kolkata team’s condition against spinners has been bad. He has lost 34 wickets against spinners and averages 19.50.