Chennai Super Kings vs. Kolkata Knight Riders: 23rd IPL Match Preview
Chennai Super Kings vs. Kolkata Knight Riders: 23rd IPL Match Preview

On a slow and sluggish wicket at Chepauk, Chennai Super Kings take on Kolkata Knight Riders and the focus would yet again be on the spinners. Both sides have a formidable spin contingent and have bullied teams this IPL season courtesy of their tweakers. At home, CSK are virtually unbeatable but if any team has the might to challenge them in their fortress it is Kolkata. The Dinesh Karthik-led side had beaten Chennai in their only home game last year and will back themselves to do it again but it won't be a cakewalk.

Pitch Conditions: A dustbowl with turn for the spinners. Batting could be arduous work here and the set batsmen would be expected to take responsibility.

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Wicket-keeper: MS Dhoni (9 credits)

Despite a half-century opening stand in the previous game against Kings XI Punjab, Chennai's top-order hasn't been at its best, which has meant MS Dhoni has had enough time at the crease in most games. This makes him a fabulous fantasy option to have. He is reliable, scores quickly and always pulls off a couple of catches, stumpings or run-outs.

Batsman: Faf du Plessis (9 credits)

The South African was called up into the starting XI for the first time last game and immediately made an impact with a half-century. He was in form for South Africa in the build up to the IPL and the maiden innings for CSK this season was fraught with promise. With an inconsistent Shane Watson,

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