Match: Chennai Super Kings v Kolkata Knight riders

Date: 26th March 2022

Stadium: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

Trends & Recent Form

IPL 15 is back in India! There are now 10 teams with 2 new franchises added to the mix. Here I preview the opening match between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders. 

Chennai Super Kings form


Last year’s record:
  • Played: 14
  • Won: 9
  • Lost: 5
  • Net Run Rate: +0.455
Latest stats and trends
  • CSK comes into this match as the defending champions. They are again one of the top teams and will be expected to qualify for the knockout stages again this year. 
  • In the group stages in 2021 they performed very well winning 9 of their 14 matches to finish second to the Dehli Capitals. 
  • After this match, they have a break until their next match on Thursday against LSK. 

CSK Odds


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Kolkata Night Riders form


Last year’s record:
  • Played: 14
  • Won: 7
  • Lost: 7
  • Net Run Rate: +0.587
Latest stats and trends
  • Kolkata Knight riders were an up and down team in last year’s IPL. At the break in the tournament, they were down and out and look to have no chance. They arrived in the UAE in September like a different team and went on a winning run. they scraped 4th place and then went all the way to the final – It was an incredible turnaround.
  • We think that KKR will turn up ready for this IPL from the start.
  • Kolkata made a number of changes at the auction retaining only 4 players – Russell, Narine, Chakravarthy and V Iyer. These are some top players to build a team around. 
  • They alos spent thier money well bringing in big names like Nabi, Billings and Tim Southee. They also bought in Pat Cummings whos IPL form has been very up and down. 

KKR To Win Odds


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Head to head stats

2021 results

  • Final  – CSK won by 27 runs
  • Group stage – CSK won by 2 wickets
  • Group stage – CSK won by 18 runs

It is clear CSK had the edge over KKR in last seasons IPL. They won 3 in a row inlcuding the final. The middle game was a very close one but the other 2 were much more comfortable wins. 

Match Prediction & Tips

It is always tricky to predict the winner of the first game with the result going either way. KKR has made wholesale changes to their squad and could take some time to get used to playing together. CSK look more settled and ready to go in my opinion. 

Match Prediction: Chennai Super Kings to win at 10/11*

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