Sturdy Super Kings all set to bull-fight Knight Riders at Eden Gardens

 . Last updated on July 2, 2018, 12:55 PM
Sturdy Super Kings all set to bull-fight Knight Riders at Eden Gardens
MS Dhoni has been playing as a striking finisher in the season so far and definitely a concern for Knight Riders.

Both Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings have won several impressive matches so far in the season. Still, the tournament narrowed down to a crucial match for the Knight Riders. Andre Russell is on spotlight in this match as he would again face Dwayne Bravo. The Kolkata player has a blitzing strike rate against the bowler in the shortest format. Bravo, his Caribbean teammate has bowled 102 deliveries so far in which, Russell plundered 216 runs. This is a whopping 211.8 strike rate in only 17 innings of the format. With such players, Knight Riders could come up as quite a tough competitor against Super Kings.

But Super Kings is the team with the best batsmen of the season so far. In powerplay, their run rate is 8.92, in middle overs, it is 8.54, while at the death overs, it comes to 12.64. With these figures, they emerged as the most consistent team of the tournament on batting front. Still, they have things to worry in the match against Knight Riders, their bowling has been equally worst this season. While they have the best batsmen for powerplay overs, they also have the worst bowlers for the same stretch. The team conceded 8.40 runs in powerplay overs, which is the third highest this season. Also, at death overs, their economy is 11.42, the second highest.

The woeful bowling of Super Kings could be a winning point for Knight Riders. The team has lost its early form in the latter matches and the top order batsmen went through a constant denudation in their forms. The middle order is keeping up its form, but the higher order players comprising of Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine and Robin Uthappa must get their forms again. In death overs, Knight Riders has a brilliant performance so far, with a run rate of 9.91.

Thus, with pros and cons in both the teams, the upcoming game in Eden Gardens is set to be a big match. Its pitch has been amicable for quick bowlers rather than spinners. This would offer advantages to both the teams and the match could feature a high score.

 

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