CSK vs KKR Live IPL 2021: Hello and welcome to the live coverage of Match 38 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 where Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi in their fight to qualify for the play-offs after two back-to-back defeats.
Third-placed RCB are slightly in a better position with 10 points in nine games while sixth-placed MI won’t like to take any further liberties with just eight points in nine games. LIVE STREAMING
Kolkata 78/3 after 10 overs. du Plessis has got ice running through his veins. He takes a brilliant catch near the boundary rope to dismiss Morgan. Rana joins Tripathi at the halfway mark. The projected score is 155 at the moment.
Kolkata 70/2 after 9 overs. Tripathi (33) and Morgan (8) have kept the scoreboard moving, albeit in a slow fashion after Iyer’s departure. With Russell yet to come, KKR would be eyeing to hit the 160-run mark.
Kolkata 50/2 after 5.1 overs. Thakur strikes on his first delivery to dismiss Iyer! Dhoni makes no mistake behind the stumps and Ultra Edge shows a clear spike. Iyer (18) makes way for skipper Morgan.
Kolkata 40/1 after 4 overs. Tripathi caught by Dhoni but the umpire signals it as a no-ball — second short delivery for the over! Tripathi clears the rope on free-hit, maintaining a healthy run-flow in the Powerplay.
Kolkata 26/1 after 3 overs. Iyer gets a reprieve. Dropped by du Plessis on second ball! The left-hander guides it towards third man on the last delivery to squeeze a much-needed boundary.
Kolkata 19/1 after 2 overs. A mix-up between Gill and Iyer and the former has to depart. Rayudu hits the furniture from short mid-wicket to cut short Gill’s innings in very first over. All eyes on Iyer now. The left-hander has already scored over 90 runs in two matches of the UAE leg. Tripathi joins Iyer in the middle.
Playing XI of CSK and KKR:
Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI) Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan(c), Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(w), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakaravarthy, Prasidh Krishna
15.02 IST: KKR win toss, opt to bat against CSK in Abu Dhabi.
14.35 IST: Toss in 25 minutes!
14.20 IST: Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders have both won their opening two games since the resumption of the IPL 2021 in UAE. Incidentally, both have also beaten the same sides (Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangaore).
Pitch report The pitch of the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi is expected to be on the slower side with anything beyond 150 is defendable. Experts suggest the captain winning the toss would most likely bat first and look to set a target.