Date: 26 September 2021
Time: 3:30 PM IST
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
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Chennai and Kolkata will be up against each other in the 38th match of the Indian T20 League 2021. Both the teams are on a winning streak and are looking good. While Chennai have been their usual self, Kolkata have been phenomenal, especially in batting. The Abu Dhabi pitch has been a bit on the slower side and the boundaries are big too. There is nothing to worry about the weather as it’s UAE.
Dhoni has led CSK to two comprehensive victories against Mumbai and Bangalore. Their openers have been in great form, especially Gaikwad. He has consistently scored runs at the top and he also enjoys playing in the UAE. Chennai has a strong middle-order with Raina, Rayudu, and Ali. Apart from that, they have Bravo, Dhoni, Thakur, and Chahar lower down the order. Thus, they will fancy their chances against Kolkata.
Meanwhile, Kolkata have announced themselves in the second leg. They registered thumping victories over Bangalore and Mumbai. The opening pair of Iyer and Gill has shown the shades of Brendon McCullum with their fearless batting. While in bowling, the spin duo of Chakravarthy and Narine will pose some serious problems for Chennai batters on a slow pitch.
Probable Playing XI
Chennai: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (C & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran/Josh Hazelwood, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur
Kolkata: Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (C), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy, Lockie Ferguson
People’s pick for Fantasy
Wicketkeepers: Dinesh Karthik
Batsmen: Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Rahul Tripathi, Shubman Gill, V Iyer
All-rounders: Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Sunil Narine
Bowlers: Shardul Thakur, Varun Chakravarthy, Deepak Chahar, Lockie Ferguson
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