The 33rd match of IPL 2023 between Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings is expected to be a highly competitive game, given that both teams are strong contenders in the league. The coin toss is scheduled for 7:00 PM, 30 minutes before the match begins, and both teams have talented players. This match will be crucial for the playoffs fate of both teams, as they are equally determined to emerge victorious. It is anticipated to be an intense and challenging battle between two formidable teams.
- Match: Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings, 33rd Match of IPL
- Day: Sunday
- Date: 23rd April 2023
- Time: 07:30 PM IST
- Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
KKR vs CSK Head-to-Head
In the history of the Indian Premier League, the Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings have played against each other 27 times. KKR emerged victorious in 9 matches, while Chennai Super Kings won 17, and only one match had no result.
KKR vs RR Last Meeting
The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) began their TATA Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 campaign with a comfortable 6-wicket victory over the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. KKR's impressive all-round bowling effort restricted CSK to a total of 131/5, and Ajinkya Rahane and Shreyas Iyer's crucial innings ensured a convincing chase for KKR with one over to spare.
KKR's opening batsmen, Venkatesh Iyer and Ajinkya Rahane, had a cautious start, scoring 15 runs in the first three overs. He continued to do the majority of the hitting as KKR reached 43-0 at the end of the powerplay. Rana continued the momentum and hit a six off Mitchell Santner over mid-wicket. However, CSK picked two wickets in quick succession, with Bravo taking his second wicket by dismissing Rana, and Santner dismissing the well-set Rahane for 44.
At the end of the 14th over, KKR were 98/3 with two new batsmen at the crease, Sam Billings and KKR's new skipper, Shreyas Iyer. Both Billings and Iyer played risk-free cricket and scored steadily, mounting the pressure on CSK.
Earlier, CSK, led by newly-appointed captain Ravindra Jadeja, lost an early wicket in the form of Ruturaj Gaikwad. CSK were 35/2 at the end of the powerplay, and Robin Uthappa smashed two sixes off Umesh Yadav. However, Yadav came back into the game by taking his second wicket and sending Devon Conway back to the pavilion. CSK lost wickets in quick succession, but skipper Jadeja and MS Dhoni steadied the innings, with Dhoni accelerating at the death and bringing up his fifty in the final over. Jadeja finished the innings off in style with a maximum, and CSK finished with a total of 131/5.
Kolkata Knight Riders Predicted Playing 11
The Kolkata Knight Riders team has no significant injury concerns, and it's highly likely that Pat Cummins will replace Tim Southee in the playing eleven. Nitish Rana will lead the team in the absence of Shreyas Iyer.
Below is the predicted playing 11 of KKR:
1. Litton Das (wk)
2. Sunil Narine
3. Narayan Jagdeeshan
4. Nitish Rana (C)
5. Andre Russell
6. Venkatesh Iyer
7. Rinku Singh
8. Lockie Ferguson
9. Shardul Thakur
10. Varun Chakravarthy
11. Umesh Yadav
Chennai Super Kings Predicted Playing 11
The Chennai Super Kings, captained by MS Dhoni, is getting ready for another thrilling season of the Indian Premier League.
Here are the probable Playing 11 of Chennai Super Kings:
1. Ruturaj Gaikwad
2. Devon Conway
3. Ajinkya Rahane
4. Shivam Dube
5. Moeen Ali
6. Ms Dhoni (c) (wk)
7. Ravindra Jadeja
9. Sisanda Magala
10. Tushar Deshpande
11. Akash Singh
Kolkata Knight Riders Top Players
Here are the stats of the top 5 players of KKR:
Chennai Super Kings Top Players
Here are the stats of the top 5 players of CSK:
IPL 2023 Match 28 KKR vs CSK Fantasy Team
1. Ruturaj Gaikwad (c)
2. Rinku Singh
3. Ajinkya Rahane
4. Narayan Jagdeeshan
5. Sunil Narine (vc)
6. Moeen Ali
7. Andre Russell
8. Ravindra Jadeja
9. Varun Chakravarthy
10. Tushar Deshpande
11. Shardul Thakur
Captain: Across Ruturaj Gaikwad’s IPL career spanning 40 matches, Gaikwad has amassed 1404 runs, averaging 40.11, with one century and 12 half-centuries to his credit, and a highest score of 101. He has also hit 123 fours and 57 sixes.
In the 2018-19 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Gaikwad was the highest run-scorer for Maharashtra during the league stage and has been a dependable player for them. CSK had picked him up for his base price of INR 20 lakhs at the 2019 IPL player auction and he has been their most consistent opener since. Experts at Frolic 11 believe that Gaikwad is a perfect fit for the team captain and is expected to continue his excellent form in the ongoing IPL matches.
Vice Captain: Sunil Narine, with 150 innings in the Indian Premier League, has secured a total of 162 wickets, boasting a strike rate of 21.78 and an average of 24.12. He has bowled 3529 deliveries, with three of them being maiden overs. Narine has claimed two wickets 25 times, three wickets 15 times, and five wickets once. Notably, he has dismissed 109 right-handed and 48 left-handed batsmen in the IPL.
In terms of his outtype analysis against right-handed batsmen in the IPL, Narine has taken 18 wickets through LBW, 32 through bowling, 5 through stumping, and 54 through catches. Meanwhile, against left-handed batsmen in the IPL, Narine has taken 4 wickets by LBW, 11 by bowling, 6 by stumping, and 27 by catch. Based on these statistics, experts at Frolic 11 suggest that Sunil Narine could be the most outstanding bowler of the match.
Top Picks – Batsmen for IPL 2023 Match 33
1. Ruturaj Gaikwad: He has played 40 matches so far in his IPL career and has scored 1404 runs, with an average of 40.11. He has achieved one century and 12 half-centuries, and his highest score in the IPL is 101 runs. Additionally, he has hit 123 fours and 57 sixes during his IPL career.
2. Rinku Singh: In the IPL, Rinku Singh has played 23 matches and managed to score a total of 431 runs in 21 innings. His highest score achieved in the IPL is 58. R Singh has not been able to achieve any IPL centuries but has managed to score one half century and has reached 30+ runs six times and 20+ runs twice. With an average of 18.73 in 308 IPL balls, R Singh has a strike rate of 139.9. Throughout his IPL career, Rinku Singh has hit 55 boundaries which includes 33 fours and 22 sixes.
3. Ajinkya Rahane: In his IPL career spanning 159 matches, Ajinkya Rahane has amassed 4125 runs in 149 innings. His highest score in the IPL is 105 runs. Rahane has secured two centuries, 28 half-centuries, and 29 instances of scoring 30+ runs. He has maintained a strike rate of 121.7, averaging 25.94 across 3388 IPL deliveries. In terms of boundaries, Rahane has struck 516, which includes 433 fours and 83 sixes in the IPL.
4. Narayan Jagdeeshan: He has played 7 IPL matches and scored 73 runs in 4 Innings. Narayan Jagadeesan's Highest Score in IPL is 39. N Jagadeesan has 0 IPL centuries, 0 IPL half centuries and 2 times 30+ IPL runs. N Jagadeesan has a strike rate of 110.6 with average of 10.42 in 66 IPL balls. Narayan Jagadeesan made a total 8 boundaries with 7 fours and 1 sixes in IPL.
Top Picks – All Rounders for IPL 2023 Match 33
5. Sunil Narine: He has participated in 154 IPL matches and has scored 1038 runs across 92 innings. His highest score in the IPL is 75 runs. Narine has not achieved a century but has secured four half-centuries, along with six instances of scoring 30+ runs and eleven instances of scoring 20+ runs. He has maintained a high strike rate of 161.4, averaging 6.74 across 643 IPL deliveries. In terms of boundaries, Narine has hit a total of 177, consisting of 113 fours and 64 sixes in the IPL.
In his IPL career, Sunil Narine has played in 151 matches and has taken 158 wickets with an average of 24.74. He has also kept his economy rate to almost 6.64 runs per over, and his personal best bowling figures in a single match is 5/19.
6. Moeen Ali: He has participated in 28 IPL matches, batting in 28 innings and scoring a total of 650 runs. His highest score in the IPL is 93, but he has not yet achieved an IPL century. With a strike rate of 136.2 and an average of 23.21, having faced 477 IPL balls, Moeen Ali has hit a total of 93 boundaries, including 62 fours and 31 sixes in the IPL.
Moeen Ali has taken 19 wickets in 22 innings, with a strike rate of 17.42 and an average of 19.26. He has bowled a total of 331 balls (without any maiden overs) and has taken 2 wickets once and 3 wickets three times.
7. Andre Russell: In the IPL, Andre Russell has played 101 matches and has scored 2071 runs in 85 innings. His highest score in the IPL is 88, and he has not scored any centuries but has made 10 half-centuries, achieved 22 scores of 30+ runs. With an average of 20.50, Russell has a strike rate of 177.6 in 1166 IPL balls. Throughout his IPL career, Russell has hit a total of 317 boundaries, consisting of 140 fours and 177 sixes.
Russell has taken 89 wickets in 89 IPL innings with a strike rate of 16.06 and an average of 24.48. He has delivered 1430 balls without a maiden over and has taken 2 wickets 12 times, 3 wickets 9 times, 5 wickets once.
8. Ravindra Jadeja: Throughout Jadeja's IPL career, he has participated in 214 matches, achieving a total of 2531 runs with an average of 26.36. He has managed to hit 2 half-centuries, with his highest IPL score to date being 62* runs. Ravindra Jadeja has also struck 183 fours and 92 sixes in his IPL career.
Ravindra Jadeja has taken a total of 137 wickets in 183 IPL innings, achieving a strike rate of 23.74 and an average of 30.13. He has bowled 3253 balls in the IPL, including 2 maiden overs. In terms of his wicket-taking abilities, Jadeja has taken 2 wickets 21 times, and 3 wickets 13 times, with just a single instance of taking 5 wickets.
Top Picks – Bowler for IPL 2023 Match 33
9. Varun Chakravarthy: During the 2020 IPL season, he demonstrated his capabilities by capturing 17 wickets with an average of 20.94. He made headlines for his exceptional 5-wicket haul against Delhi Capitals and for outwitting some of the world's best batsmen during the tournament.
Varun Chakravarthy has taken 50 wickets in 46 IPL innings, with a strike rate of 21.32 and an average of 25.62. He has bowled a total of 1066 balls, including 1 maiden over. Chakravarthy has taken 2 wickets on 9 occasions, 3 wickets twice, and 5 wickets once.
10. Tushar Deshpande: A cricketer from Mumbai, was bought by CSK at the IPL 2022 Mega Auction for his base price of INR 20 lakhs. So far in his IPL career, Tushar Deshpande has participated in 11 matches and has managed to take 11 wickets. His average is 38.09, and he concedes approximately 10.93 runs per over, with his best individual performance being 2/31.
11. Shardul Thakur: He is known for his ability to take wickets and contribute crucial runs, and played a pivotal role in Chennai Super Kings' victory in the last season's final. This season, he will be representing Delhi Capitals, having been picked up for a whopping INR 10.75 Crore.
In his IPL career, Thakur has taken 83 wickets in 78 innings with a strike rate of 19.24 and an average of 29.24. He has bowled 1597 balls, including 3 maiden overs, and has taken two wickets 20 times and three wickets 7 times.
KKR vs CSK Game Prediction
In the ongoing IPL 2023 season, Chennai Super Kings have participated in six matches; in those six matches they won four of them and lost two. They currently hold the third position in the points table with eight points and with the net run rate of 0.355. On the other hand, Kolkata Knight Riders have played six matches, out of which they have won two of them and lost four. With four points, they occupy the ninth position in the points table with a net run rate of 0.214. So, we can say that CSK can win this game. But as we see head-on-head stats between CSK and KKR, we can say that both the teams have the possibilities to win this match but CSK got the upper hand this time.
Best Batter of the Match
Ajinkya Rahane is a well-known and established batsman, having played for Rajasthan Royals, and several IPL franchises in the past. He joined the Chennai Super Kings this season. Rahane has been highly successful as an opener in the past, and he could complement aggressive opening partners with his solid and reliable approach. As a seasoned player with a wealth of experience, it will be intriguing to see how the CSK team will utilise his batting skills in the upcoming season.
In his IPL career spanning 159 matches, Ajinkya Rahane has amassed 4125 runs in 149 innings. His highest score in the IPL is 105 runs. Rahane has secured two centuries, 28 half-centuries, and 29 instances of scoring 30+ runs. He has maintained a strike rate of 121.7, averaging 25.94 across 3388 IPL deliveries. In terms of boundaries, Rahane has struck 516, which includes 433 fours and 83 sixes in the IPL. For these reasons experts at Frolic 11 believe that Ajinkya Rahane might be the best batsman of the match.
Best Bowler of the Match
Sunil Narine has taken 162 wickets in 150 Indian Premier League innings with a strike rate of 21.78 and an average of 24.12. He has delivered 3529 balls, including three maiden overs, and has taken two wickets 25 times, three wickets 15 times, and five wickets once. In the IPL, Narine has dismissed 109 right-handed and 48 left-handed batsmen.
When looking at his outtype analysis against right-handed batsmen in the IPL, Narine has taken 18 wickets by LBW, 32 by bowling, 5 by stumping, and 54 by catch. Against left-handed batsmen in the IPL, Narine has taken 4 wickets by LBW, 11 by bowling, 6 by stumping, and 27 by catch. For these reasons experts at Frolic 11 believe that Sunil Narine might be the best bowler of the match.
Match 33: KKR vs CSK Pitch and Weather Report
The pitch report for the Eden Garden suggests that it is a favourable wicket for the batsmen, with a good pace and bounce. Spinners might get some help but overall a balanced pitch for both batsmen. So, this cricket pitch is usually advantageous for the batsmen, the bowlers can also benefit from it. In the starting phase of the matches the ball may exhibit early seam and swing movements.
- Initial Ball Movement (1st Inning): Less chance
- Initial Spin Movement(1st Inning): Less chance of Turn on Pitch
- Middle Over: Good pace and bounce pitch
- 2nd Inning Pitch Behaviour: More advantage for batsman than bowler
- Due factor: Less chance of Due
- Pitch Nature: Dry Pitch
On April 23rd, 2023, Kolkata's weather forecast predicts a temperature of 34 degrees Celsius, no wind, and 42% humidity. The intense heat has caused the pitch to become firm and even, providing an advantage to the batsmen who can easily score boundaries. However, there may be some initial seam and swing movement for the ball. As a result, both the batsmen and bowlers have an opportunity to benefit from the pitch and weather conditions at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. However, weather conditions and pitch quality may play a crucial role in determining the outcome of the match.
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The upcoming match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings is highly anticipated, as both teams are eager to secure two crucial points. Kolkata Knight Riders, currently placed at the eighth position on the IPL 2023 points table, are particularly keen to win this match. Although it is difficult to predict the outcome of the game, our cricket experts at Frolic 11 believe that Chennai Super Kings hold the upper hand and are expected to emerge victorious against Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday, April 23rd, 2023.