Before the toss.
Nitish Rana: “The atmosphere has been good. Our captain has said there’s nothing to lose and we are playing more freely as a result. It’s a young side, and we spoke ahead of the tournament that we might be able to make an impression if we play aggressive cricket. [On opening] In the second half, the opening stand between Venkatesh Iyer and Shubman Gill has been really good. I don’t think there’s a better Indian opening pair. There’s spin in these pitches, and there’s also a bit of humidity around. Spin will definitely make an impact.”
Ruturaj Gaikwad on his CSK experience: “It’s been good. There are lots of senior players and there’s so much to learn from them. (On MS) There’s something new to learn everyday from him. There’s no day when you don’t feel goosebumps, but now I am getting used to it. The grounds are bigger than in India, the dimensions are slightly bigger. The heat and humidity also make it a bit more challenging.”
Lockie Ferguson, on the influence of Brendon McCullum on this team: “Last year, we saw that hard lengths are difficult to get away from. We’ll just have to adjust and take it from there. Really enjoyed being a part of the brand. As a Kiwi, I know Baz’s brand of cricket pretty well. We just have to take on every challenge thrown at us.”
Faf du Plessis, who actually remembers that the last time he was in Abu Dhabi was when he was involved in that horrific concussion that he says still causes him some discomfort around his neck, speaks about how CSK are approaching this season based on learnings from 2020: “Last time we were in Dubai, we needed to make some improvements. We bat a lot deeper now, and we keep attacking from the outset. If you see guys like Rayudu and Moeen, they keep attacking from the word go and put the pressure on the opposition and it makes it easier for us. We haven’t played in the day during this leg yet. We will need to assess and then take it from there.”
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Chennai Super Kings Highlights today, Sunday 26-09-2021 – 38th Match, Indian Premier League season 14th from Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi.
KKR won the toss and chose to bat.
Kolkata are unchanged. Morgan reckons the pitch will slow up a bit as the game wears on. For Dhoni, Sam Curran is in for Dwayne Bravo.
IPL 2021 Points Table
Kolkata Knight Riders team: Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (capt), Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy.
Chennai Super Kings team: Ruturaj Gaekwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (capt) (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood.
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