CSK Playing XI vs KKR: MS Dhoni unlikely to change winning combination – Sam Curran, Imran Tahir to wait for their chance – Chennai Super Kings have made a brilliant start to Phase 2, as they have reclaimed the top spot in the IPL 2021 standings, with comfortable wins over Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore. The three-time champions have been the team to beat this season, and their packed squad means that MS Dhoni has options to play with depending on the conditions. The CSK captain is unlikely to change his winning combination, which means Sam Curran and Imran Tahir will miss out. – Follow CSK vs KKR Live Updates in IPL 2021 with InsideSport.co
Sam Curran, Imran Tahir to wait for their chance – Star all-rounder Sam Curran is match fit and out of quarantine, but the Englishman will have to wait for his chance considering the exploits of his other overseas peers. Faf du Plessis and Moeen Ali are Sureshot names at the top of the order, while Dwayne Bravo and Josh Hazlewood have stepped up their game in Phase 2, meaning that Curran will have to wait for an opportunity to get into the XI. Bravo’s death bowling expertise is valued more over the left-arm pacer’s new ball bursts, with Hazlewood and Deepak Chahar capable enough of doing the same.
Probable XI: Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni (c&wk), Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood
CSK Playing XI vs KKR: MS Dhoni unlikely to change winning combination – Sam Curran, Imran Tahir to wait for their chance
CSK Playing XI – CSK vs KKR – Imran Tahir in contention on Abu Dhabi track: The Abu Dhabi track has traditionally reaped rewards for spinners and MS Dhoni will debate the possibility of including Imran Tahir in the playing XI. The veteran leg spinner is a genuine wicket-taking threat and will relish the opportunity of bowling on sluggish tracks. In that scenario, Josh Hazlewood is likely to drop out of the side to accommodate Tahir, with Bravo, Thakur and Deepak Chahar adding depth to their batting.
CSK Playing XI – CSK vs RCB IPL 2021: While Sam Curran is an asset with both bat and ball, he would be an added luxury to a CSK squad that already has six bowling options and a batting order that has Chahar batting at No.10. With most of their players in good knock, it would be unwise to shuffle their combination against KKR, meaning that MS Dhoni is set to field the same XI. As for Sam Curran and Imran Tahir, the duo will have to wait for their chance to feature in IPL 2021 Phase 2.