Kolkata Knight Riders, Chennai Super Kings, KKR, CSK
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CSK vs KKR: Weather Forecast And Pitch Report of Sheikh Zayed Stadium- IPL 2021 Match 38. The 38th match of the IPL 2021 sees Chennai Super Kings take on Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday. Both the teams are in blistering form and find themselves at the top half of the points table.

CSK are coming into the contest on the back of two consecutive wins. CSK have done nothing wrong in the second leg of the tournament. They played their last game against RCB at Sharjah Cricket Stadium. The bowlers conceded 90 runs in the first 10 overs.

However, Shardul Thakur and Dwayne Bravo brought CSK back into the game with regular strikes. Virat Kohli got out in the fourteenth over and it saw a collapse. RCB, in the end, only managed only 156. Dwayne Bravo picked three wickets, while Thakur picked two.

Ruturaj Gaikwad
Ruturaj Gaikwad. Credits: Twitter

Ruturaj Gaikwad’s great form with the bat is a plus for them. He, once again, played a crucial knock for the team, scoring 38 runs off 26 balls. Gaekwad stitched a 71-run partnership for the opening wicket along with Faf du Plessis. Du Plessis also played well for his 26-ball 31. Later, Ambati Rayudu and Moeen Ali stitched a 47-run partnership to take CSK closer to the target.

MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina finished the game quite comfortably with 11 balls left to play. Chennai Super Kings currently find themselves at the top of the table with 7 wins in 9 matches. One more win on Sunday would potentially seal their playoff berth.

Facing them are Kolkata Knight Riders, who have made a dramatic turnaround in the second leg of IPL 2021. Two consecutive wins in two matches have helped them jump to the fourth position on the points table with 4 wins in 9 matches. They have 5 games left to be played and need to win four to qualify.

Lockie Ferguson
Lockie Ferguson (Image Credit: Twitter)

Kolkata Knight Riders have played a fearless brand of cricket and it has worked out well thus far. The fast bowlers are doing a terrific job. Lockie Ferguson has picked four wickets in the last two games, while Prasidh Krishna and Andre Russell have picked three each.

KKR restricted MI to 155 runs in the last game. Venkatesh Iyer and Shubman Gill, once again, made a fearless start, while Rahul Tripathi joined them later. KKR, as a result of that, chased down the score in just 15.1 overs. Iyer scored 53 runs off 30 balls, while Tripathi blazed his way to 74 off just 42 balls.

Runs coming from the top of the order is a great sign for KKR. The franchise would hope that they continue scoring runs consistently for the rest of the season.

CSK vs KKR: Weather Forecast And Pitch Report of Sheikh Zayed Stadium- IPL 2021 Match 38

Chennai Super Kings
Chennai Super Kings (Image Credit: Twitter)

Kolkata Knight Riders have played both their games at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi this season, while CSK will be playing their first game here. Fast bowlers have got ample assistance from the surface. Both Lockie Ferguson and Prasidh Krishna have enjoyed bowling here. KKR bundled RCB on 92 before restricting MI to 155 in the next game. Clearly, it’s not going to be easy for batsmen to score runs freely.

Average 1st Inns scores 140
Average 2nd Inns scores 129

Abu Dhabi is expected to be hot and humid. The conditions here should suggest that there is no possibility of rain. One could expect a good game of cricket. The average temperature will hover around 42-degree Celsius.