CSK vs KKR Dream11 Prediction: The opening match of the 15th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2022) will be played between defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday, March 26, 2022.
CSK vs KKR Match 1 Preview
MS Dhoni, who led CSK to multiple IPL titles, stepped down as the captain of the team, just two days ahead of the commencement of IPL 2022 and handed over the captaincy to all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja. Shreyas Iyer, on the other hand, will be leading Kolkata Knight Riders.
Chennai Super Kings have kept their core intact by retaining or bringing back most of their players in the IPL 2022 auction. They retained MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Moeen Ali and Ruturaj Gaikwad ahead of the 2022 edition. Apart from the ones retained, they have brought back Moeen Ali, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar and Ambati Rayudu, the regular faces of CSK.
Kolkata Knight Riders, on the other hand, brought about some massive changes to their squad ahead of IPL 2022. They retained the services of Andre Russel, Varun Chakravarthy, Venkatesh Iyer and Sunil Narine and went for many fresh faces in the IPL 2022 mega auction. Under the leadership of their new captain, they must be looking to start the season on a victorious note.
Here are the match details, pitch report, probable playing 11, squads and Dream11 fantasy team predictions for Match 1 of the Indian Premier League 2022 between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders on Saturday, March 26, 2022.
CSK vs KKR Match Details
- Match: Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Match 1
- Date: Saturday, March 26, 2022
- Time: 7:30 PM (IST) / 2:00 PM (GMT)
- Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
CSK vs KKR, Match 1 Pitch Report
The surface at the Wankhede will favour the batters. The track isn’t expected to change much and bowlers need to bowl at the right line and lengths to pick wickets as they won’t have much room for error. With the match set to be played in the evening, dew will also come and defending a total will be slightly difficult.
Player Injury/Availability Update:
- Pat Cummins and Aaron Finch will miss the first week of the IPL for Kolkata Knight Riders.
- Moeen Ali will miss the first game of CSK due to visa issues.
- Deepak Chahar is set to miss the initial matches for CSK.
Average First Innings Score
The average first innings score at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, considering the last 5 matches played here is 182 runs.
Record of Chasing Team
Based on the last 5 matches played at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai —
- Matches Won: 2
- Matches Lost: 3
- No Result: 0
CSK vs KKR Head-to-Head Records
Chennai Super Kings & Kolkata Knight Riders Form
CSK vs KKR Dream11 Probable Playing XI
Chennai Super Kings
Devon Conway, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Robin Uthappa, Ambati Rayudu, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja (C), MS Dhoni (WK), Maheesh Theekshana/Chris Jordan, Dwayne Bravo, Tushar Deshpande, Adam Milne.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Venkatesh Iyer, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer (C), Nitish Rana, Sam Billings (WK), Andre Russell, Chamika Karunaratne, Sunil Narine, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy, Umesh Yadav
Top 5 Picks For CSK vs KKR
1. Ruturaj Gaikwad
The right-handed batter was a vital cog in CSK’s title triumph last season. He finished the season with an orange cap, having smashed 635 runs in 16 matches at an average of 45.35, including an unbeaten 101 against Rajasthan Royals.
2. Shreyas Iyer
The newly appointed captain of KKR have had a good run in the recently concluded T20I series against Sri Lanka. He was also rewarded with the Player of the Series award for his consecutive fifties. Overall, in the IPL, Iyer has accumulated 2375 runs in his 87 matches so far. The right-handed batter must be familiar with Wankhede Stadium and its playing conditions since he hails from Mumbai.
3. Ravindra Jadeja
Jadeja had a huge contribution with both bat and ball for CSK in the last season of IPL. He scored 227 runs at an average of 75.66 and strike rate of 145.51 in the previous season and picked up 13 wickets in 16 matches. Overall, the left-handed batter smacked 2389 runs and picked up 127 wickets in 200 IPL matches.
4. Andre Russell
The West Indian batter has always been one of the key players for KKR. This season, it won’t be any different. The right-handed batter will be handling the finishing job if the top order collapses. He hammered 183 runs at an average of 26.14 and strike rate of 152.50 while picking 11 wickets with the ball in the last season of IPL.
5. Venkatesh Iyer
Kolkata Knight Riders’ another ‘Iyer’ is expected to open the innings for KKR this time as well. He had a phenomenal run in the UAE leg of IPL 2021 as the lanky all-rounder went on to amass 370 runs in just 10 matches at an average of 41.11 with 4 half-centuries.
Player Stats/Records of Top 5 Picks For CSK vs KKR
|Player||Stats (IPL 2021)||Stats (IPL Career)|
|Ruturaj Gaikwad||635 Runs||839 Runs|
|Shreyas Iyer||175 Runs||2375 Runs|
|Ravindra Jadeja||13 Wickets & 227 Runs||127 Wickets & 2386 Runs|
|Andre Russell||11 Wickets & 183 Runs||72 Wickets & 1700 Runs|
|Venkatesh Iyer||370 Runs & 3 Wickets||370 Runs & 3 Wickets|
Captaincy Picks For CSK vs KKR
- Ruturaj Gaikwad
- Shreyas Iyer
- Ravindra Jadeja
CSK vs KKR Dream11 Fantasy Team Prediction
Fantasy Team 1
- Wicket-Keeper: Sam Billings
- Batsmen: Devon Conway, Shreyas Iyer, Nitish Rana, Ruturaj Gaikwad
- All-Rounders: Ravindra Jadeja, Andre Russell, Venkatesh Iyer
- Bowlers: Dwayne Bravo, Adam Milne, Varun Chakravarthy
- Captain: Shreyas Iyer
- Vice-Captain: Ravindra Jadeja
Fantasy Team 2
- Wicket-Keeper: MS Dhoni
- Batsmen: Ambati Rayudu, Shreyas Iyer, Nitish Rana, Ruturaj Gaikwad
- All-Rounders: Ravindra Jadeja, Andre Russell, Venkatesh Iyer
- Bowlers: Dwayne Bravo, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy
- Captain: Ruturaj Gaikwad
- Vice-Captain: Venkatesh Iyer
CSK vs KKR Streaming & Broadcasting Details:
- Streaming: Disney+ Hotstar
- Broadcasting: Star Sports Network
CSK vs KKR Probable Winner
Kolkata Knight Riders is expected to win this match.
Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team for the fantasy game please consider the points mentioned and make your own decision at the time of making your team.