Get ready for IPL 4. 2011 IPL T20 Cricket tournament. Opening ceremony will be held at 6 PM and match will start at 8 PM in Chennai. Best performer in IPL history will take on the worst performer in IPL history. Chennai always reached semi-finals in IPL while Kolkata never make it to semi-finals in the 3 editions of IPL. But, Kolkata made massive changes and bought wonderful players. These group B teams have the potential to reach knock-out round irrespecive of the result in this match.
Nostalgic moment: Who can forget the sensational performance of Kolkata in the first game of IPL 1 against Royal Challngers? Can Kolkata able to repeat hisotry?
Surprise: Chennai boy L. Balaji will play against Chennai. He played for Chennai in IPL 1, 2 & 3.
Match timing: 8 PM on April 8 (Don’t miss opening ceremony before the match)
Stadium: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Analysis of Chennai & Kolkata squads:
Note: Doug Bollinger and Brett Lee are not available for Chennai and Kolkata respectively.
Cool captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni may not give Kolkata a chance to create sensation in the opening game of IPL 4. Dhoni may use his best bowler R. Ashwin to control Kolkata (Gambhir) in the initial overs. Absence of Doug Bollinger is a problem. I am interested to see how Dhoni will control maverick hitters like Yusuf Pathan and Eoin Morgan. Chennai will try to expose Kolkata’s weakness in the bowling.
Crucial players: M.S. Dhoni, Suresh Raina and R. Ashwin.
Owner Shahrukh Khan is expecting better performance from his team in IPL 4. It is looking very strong in batting and all-rounder departments but team is lacking depth in the bowling department. Ryan Does Chate of Netherlands has very good world cup and has the potential to influence any game with his all-round skills. Can this bowling line-up control strong Chennai batsmen? Kolkata badly needs a world class spinner.
Crucial players: Gautam Gambhir, Yusuf Pathan, Eoin Morgan, Jaques Kallis & Ryan Does Chate.
Probable IPL T20 teams:
Chennai Super Kings: M.S. Dhoni (Captain), Murali Vijay, Suresh Raina, Scott Styris, S. Badrinath, R. Ashwin, Albie Morkel, Dwayne Bravo,
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (Captain), Brad Haddin, Jaques Kallis, Manoj Tiwary, Yusuf Pathan, Ryan Ten Doeschate, Eoin Morgan, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, L. Balaji, Jaydev Unadkat &
Our prediction: Basing on the strength of squads, Chennai and Kolkata are among the top 4 teams in IPL 4. Chennai has slight edge over Kolkata in batting & bowling but Kolkata has 2-3 game changing all-rounders. Both Dhoni and Gambhir are in good form and are intelligent captains. Due home conditions and experience, Chennai may win the game. But, Kolkata has batting line-up to chase any score.
Please share your thoughts and predictions on the match.