Kolkata Knight Riders are set to host Chennai Super Kings on 23 April. This will be match 33 of IPL 2023. In IPL 2022, KKR did not do very well, eventually finishing in 7th position. CSK did even worse, finishing two rungs below KKR in ninth place.
Both teams appear stronger this year. In particular, CSK will welcome the return of Dhoni to the captaincy in what could be his last season.
In this article, we preview the upcoming game and predict which team will win.
KKR vs CSK Match Info
Match 33, IPL 2023
Date: 23 April 2023 (19:30 IST)
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Where to watch: Star Sports
Weather and Pitch Report
On 23 April, Kolkata is predicted to be very warm. The daytime temperature registering 37 degrees Celsius, accompanied by a cloud cover of 54%. The night-time temperature is expected to fall to 27 degrees.
A grass cover on the Eden Gardens deck will allow plenty of carry on the ball, something the batters will enjoy. Traditionally, the wicket gets slower as the match wears. Toss-winning captains prefer to chase.
KKR Recent Performance
In IPL 2022, KKR began reasonably well, winning three of their first four matches. However, losses in the next five games set them back. In the event, they ended up winning six and losing eight of their 14 group games. Failing to make the playoffs, they finished in seventh place.
However, at least on paper, KKR have a balanced squad. Nine players can bat well while seven can bowl a full quota if needed. Opener Jagadeeshan’s great form in the domestic cricket season is cause for cheer.
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CSK Recent Performance
CSK began their 2022 campaign disastrously, losing their first four games on the trot. Thereafter they won the odd game. However, losses in their last three games saw them finish in ninth place. Jadeja who was given the captaincy proved inadequate to the task. CSK would welcome a return to Dhoni’s captaincy this season. Also, the induction of Ben Stokes in the IPL auction is a great positive.
KKR vs CSK Today Prediction: KKR to Win
On paper, the teams are well-matched. Both have a surfeit of all-rounders. While KKR depend overly on such ageing stars as Russell and Narine, CSK lack a tearaway paceman.
The upcoming match between two past champions seeking a return to winning ways promises exciting fare. However, a full-house of partisan supporters at Eden Gardens could tilt the game in the home team’s favour.
I predict that KKR will beat CSK in match 33 of IPL 2023 on 23 April.
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Chennai Super Kings Win Probability
Home advantage will render KKR favourites with a win probability in the region of 53%.
Probable XIs Playing
The following are the probable elevens I expect the franchises to field in the upcoming game:
Kolkata Knight Riders
Venkatesh Iyer, Gurbaz, Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, A Russell, Shardul Thakur, Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, V Chakravarthy, U Yadav, Suyash Sharma
Chennai Super Kings
D Conway, R Gaikwad, A Rahane, A Rayudu, S Dube, MS Dhoni, M Ali, R Jadeja, Magala, Akash Singh, Deshpande
KKR vs CSK IPL 2023 Match Odds
Match 33 of IPL 2023 will attract the following odds offered by bookmakers:
Probable Best Batter
CSK opener Ruturaj Gaikwad is likely to prove the best batter of the game.
Probable Best Bowler
In my view, KKR spinner Varun Chakravarthy will emerge as the best bowler.
Our Match Betting Tip Today
Kolkata Knight Riders to win.