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Ipl 2014
IPL 2014 back to India: CSK vs KKR
The Indian leg of IPL 2014 is set to kick-start today when Chennai Super Kings play Kolkata Knight Riders at JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi. Chennai, led by MS Dhoni has had a good run in the UAE leg, where they only lost a single game, while KKR, led by Gautam Gambhir lost three.

Brendon McCullum and DR Smith have been the two bright prospects for CSK with the bat, amassing 193 and 240 runs respectively in the first five matches of the competition. For KKR, it is Manish Pandey and Kallis, who are the highest run scorers with 144 and 137 runs respectively. Both these sides cannot depend on these players alone, so other players in their ranks need to come up and deliver the goods.

KKR have some good batsmen in their squad, such as Gambhir, Lynn, Uthappa and Yusuf Pathan, but have not been able to showcase their talent as expected. The same can be said for CSK as well, whose batting list of underperformers in this campaign includes, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, du Plessis etc.

Sunil Narine with his bowling exploits has played an important role in bringing glory to KKR. Narine with nine wickets to his name is the most successful bowler in IPL 2014. Narine's bowling effort could hold the key today as well to contain the strong looking batting line up of CSK.

CSK with Ben Hilfenhaus, Ashwin, Jadeja, Pandey resemble a strong bowling line up, but it is M Sharma who has been the most impressive taking eight wickets in the process. This bowling line up of CSK could prove to be a big threat to KKR, who needs to win the match and increase their chances of progressing in the final four of the competition.

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