The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is sailing well and fans have been witnessing some exciting matches almost daily. Match 21 of the season is scheduled between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Wednesday, at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

Both KKR and CSK have won two matches each, in this season. Of late, CSK has made a comeback in a terrific form against KXIP, which might give them the extra confidence edge.

Team Composition

KKR will most likely continue with their mix of young and experienced veterans, all of whom make the team quite balanced. With the inclusion of Ambati Rayudu and Dwyane Bravo in the last two matches, CSK also looks all-the-more complete.

Current Form

Of late, KKR have witnessed a slight fall in the performance, while CSK has made a solid comeback following a three-match consecutive loss. KKR are currently at the fourth position, while CSK is at the sixth.

Head-to-head

The teams have clashed a total of 20 times in the history of IPL. CSK have won 13 matches while KKR have won seven. Naturally, previous records will also add confidence to the leading team, CSK.

Weather and pitch conditions

With the bright sun during the day, the temperature is predicted to be around 38 degrees. As far as the pitch is concerned, it is slightly on the slower side and might even slow down in the second half, with dew providing little advantage. Any score around 180, with some economical spells, can attract an easy win. 

Predicted XI

KKR: Shubman Gill, Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (C & WK), Eoin Morgan, Pat Cummins, Rahul Tripathi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy

CSK: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (C &WK), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, Piyush Chawla, Deepak Chahar

Dream 11 players

Batsmen: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis (vc), Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi- Watson-Plessis can get the solid start needed in the start. Gill can build momentum in the middle, while Rana and Tripathi can hit the big shots. Du Plessis’s current form makes him the vice-captain.

Wicketkeeper: MS Dhoni (c)- The wicketkeeper-batsman with a cool head can take off the pressure in any situation. He can bat reasonably well and is the skipper of the side. 

All-rounders: Andre Russell- The powerful batsman can hammer big shots and get the breakthroughs with the ball when required.

Bowlers: Shivam Mavi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur- The pace battery comprising these bowlers can restrict the opposition to a low total.

Players to look out for

Shane Watson: The man, who was proved after initial flukes, is awaited to give yet another roaring performance.

Sunil Narine: The Windies all-rounder had a very average sort of IPL, so far. He has not at all been impressive with the bat and will soon have to prove his worth.