Chennai Super Kings lock horns with Kolkata Knight Riders (CSK vs KOL) in the opening match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022. CSK are the defending champions, having beaten Kolkata in the final last year.
Chennai Super Kings will carry momentum from their title winning run last season. They have maintained a core of their players in the likes of Dhoni, Ruturaj, Bravo, Jadeja, Rayudu among others. However, the absence of Deepak Chahar early on can prove to be an issue for them along with Moeen Ali set to miss the IPL opener as well.
On the other hand, Kolkata Knight Riders have a new skipper in Shreyas Iyer who will lead them in IPL 2022. Iyer has been successful with Delhi and will look to repeat the same here. In the likes of Rahane, Narine, Nabi, Russell, Chakravarthy, Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana, they have some exciting names. They will be keen to avenge their defeat from the 2021 final.
Match: Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2022 Match 1
Date and Time: March 26, Saturday, 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
CSK vs KOL Predicted Playing XI
Chennai Super Kings
MS Dhoni (c), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, Robin Uthappa (wk), Dwayne Bravo, Shivam Dube, Mitchell Santner, Chris Jordan, Tushar Deshpande
Kolkata Knight Riders
Shreyas Iyer (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Sunil Narine, Mohammad Nabi, Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Sam Billings (wk), Tim Southee, Varun Chakravarthy, Umesh Yadav
The wicket at this venue is expected to be flat and batting friendly. Bowlers will find it hard and thus, need to be accurate with their lines and lengths. It is one of the best batting surfaces. Defending will not be easy and therefore, chasing is a good option on this track.
CSK vs KOL Match Prediction
Chennai Super Kings will miss couple of their key players in this encounter. The bowling seems to be an issue in the absence of Moeen and Deepak Chahar. Meanwhile, Kolkata seem to be well-balanced. They have the firepower in the batting and their bowling also consists of variety. Thus, they have an edge over CSK and are likely to win this opening IPL 2022 fixture.
CSK vs KOL Dream11 Fantasy Suggestions
Fantasy Team #1: Sam Billings, Ambati Rayudu, Shreyas Iyer, Nitish Rana, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ravindra Jadeja, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Tim Southee, Varun Chakravarthy
Captain: Shreyas Iyer, Vice-captain: Ravindra Jadeja
Fantasy Team #2: MS Dhoni, Ambati Rayudu, Shreyas Iyer, Nitish Rana, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ravindra Jadeja, Andre Russell, Venkatesh Iyer, Dwayne Bravo, Chris Jordan, Varun Chakravarthy
Captain: Ravindra Jadeja: Vice-captain: Andre Russell