IPL 2023: Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders preview, pitch report, and playing XI

Two great rivals with a rich history in the IPL, Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders will lock horns at the Chepauk Stadium on May 14 at 7:30 pm IST. Chennai Super Kings are coming fresh off a big win against Delhi Capitals, while KKR suffered humiliation against Rajasthan Royals in their own backyard in their last game.

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On the table, CSK are 2nd with 15 points in 12 points and stand a chance to go on top of the ladder with a win. Meanwhile, KKR are 7th with 10 points in 12 games and a defeat would end their qualification chances.

 Ahead of the coming tie, CSK are solid in every department, and there are a few negatives or issues that they need to rectify. Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway need to get going as a pair and Ambati Rayudu is one batter who has been underwhelming in the tournament so far with the bat for Chennai. Against, DC the batters struggled for runs, but it would be unlikely against KKR because Delhi has a better bowling unit than Kolkata.

MS Dhoni is also on song as Thala smashed 20(9) against DC. Although, Ravindra Jadeja needs to get going as a batter. In the bowling, Jaddu has been brilliant and is having one of his best seasons with the ball.

The Chepauk surface will offer turn and the combination of Jaddu, Moeen Ali and Maheesh Theekshana has been brilliant for the Men in Yellow, as seen against Delhi. Further, in the death overs, CSK found a diamond in Matheesha Pathirana.

On the other hand, KKR have got good opening pair of Jason Roy and Rahmanullah Gurbaz, but the two-time winners have failed to play as a unit. Nitish Rana and Venkatesh Iyer are also in good touch, but they give away their wickets cheaply, which have cost KKR several games. Andre Russell’s consistency is another key issue.

In the bowling, the spinners will come in handy at the Chepauk, so Rana would be hoping for Varun Chakravarthy, Suyash Sharma, and Sunil Narine to produce some magic and seal a win against the Men in Yellow.

This article will shed light on Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders preview, pitch report, and playing XI.


The two teams have locked horns on 28 occasions and CSK have emerged victorious 18 times. Meanwhile, KKR have won 9 matches, while one game got washed off because of rain. The last time these two teams met this season, CSK won by 49 runs.

Pitch Report

The surface at the Chepauk Stadium will favour the spinners, and the fans should not expect a 200+ runs match.

Weather Report

The temperature will range around 36–38-degree Celsius, while there are 0% chances of rain.

When, Where and How to Watch?

Venue: Chepauk Stadium

Time and Date: May 14, 7:30 pm

The match between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders will be played from 7:30 PM onwards, while the toss will be at 7:00 PM. You can watch the live telecast of this match on TV at Star Sports Network in different languages. OTT viewers can stream the game for free on the Jio Cinema app and website.

Probable XI

Chennai Super Kings: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Ajinkya Rahane, Ambati Rayudu, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Moeen Ali, MS Dhoni, Deepak Chahar, Maheesh Theekshana, Matheesha Pathirana

Kolkata Knight Riders: Jason Roy, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Shardul Thakur, Anukul Roy, Harshit Rana, Varun Chakaravarthy


CSK: MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Devon Conway, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ambati Rayudu, Subhranshu Senapati, Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Dwaine Pretorius, Mitchell Santner, Deepak Chahar, Tushar Deshpande, Akash Singh, Matheesha Pathirana, Simarjeet Singh, Prashant Solanki, Maheesh Theekshana, Ajinkya Rahane, Ben Stokes, Shaik Rasheed, Nishant Sindhu, Ajay Mandal, Bhagath Varma, Sisanda Magala

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KKR: Nitish Rana (Captain), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Venkatesh Iyer, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Shardul Thakur, Lockie Ferguson, Umesh Yadav, Tim Southee, Harshit Rana, Varun Chakravarthy, Anukul Roy, Rinku Singh, Narayan Jagadeesan, Vaibhav Arora, Suyash Sharma, David Weise, Kulwant Khejrolia, Mandeep Singh, Litton Das, Jason Roy, Aarya Desai.

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