Losing a match on the boundary count after the scores are tied even in the Super Over can be immensely disappointing. Especially when you needed 16 going into the last two overs of your chase with six wickets in hand. Five days before going down in this manner to Rajasthan Royals, Kolkata Knight Riders were riding the opposite extreme against Royal Challengers Bangalore, who needed 29 off 26 with eight wickets remaining but were stopped short by two runs. As their coach Trevor Bayliss put it, Knight Riders have seen the "highs and lows" of the T20 format in these two games.
The UAE was almost exclusively low for Gautam Gambhir, but he broke his horror run of 0, 0, 0 & 1 by making 45 against Royals. While he did consume 44 deliveries, his knock has to be a big positive for Knight Riders just as the IPL shifts back to India. Gambhir and his side have had just two days to recover from that Super Over, and also shift base from the UAE to Ranchi.
Knight Riders will not have fond memories of Ranchi. The last time they played here, Yusuf Pathan was given out for obstructing the field against Pune Warriors in a close defeat that effectively ended the 2012 defending champions' chances in their 2013 campaign.
Their opponents, Chennai Super Kings, are in familiar territory close to the top of the table with four wins from five games. Only Glenn Maxwell has been able to down them so far. This is the first time they will be playing an IPL match in their captain's hometown. Ranchi has already voted in the ongoing federal election; it has to be seen what the turnout is with the local favourite on show.
What our expert think about the game? Read on...
Chennai Super Kings has very good track record on this ground and of-course keeping the same in this edition as well though it was out India. But now IPL is back and that too at Dhoni's home ground. Our experts are expecting some close match today as well.
What to say about KKR, we are very happy that our prediction din't go wrong in the match against the Royals when we predicted Royals to win the game but its really a shame for KKR, especially when they shows aggression after being played badly.
To be very frank, their is no match between the two teams and 66% Punters are supporting CSK, our experts too are in favour of Chennai Super Kings only. But they have asked to advise our followers to cover their losses when CSK ODDs were as low as under 1.25. Since they are expecting some major twist towards the end of the game.
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21st match - Chennai Super Kings v Kolkata Knight Riders, 2 May, 2014
- Kolkata Knight Riders (35% Votes)
- Chennai Super Kings (65% Votes)