The juggernaut of the seventh edition of the Pepsi IPL has landed in India after a three-week sojourn to the UAE. The first game today sees two time champions Chennai Super Kings clashing with the 2012 champion Kolkata Knight Riders.
Before the former champions take on each other today, let us have a look the previous encounters the two sides have had; in the 13 games played by the two teams, Chennai have ended up winning 8, while KKR have won 4. One game did not produce a result.
STATS: CSK vs KKR
Played – 13
Won by CSK – 8
Won by KKR – 4
Abandoned – 1
Here are 5 interesting things you may not know of CSK vs KKR clashes
While each game between the two sides has always seen good performances from the players, Manvinder Bisla’s emphatic 89 from 48 balls in the 2012 final, will be the best batting effort in the matches between the two sides. Bisla was instrumental in KKR winning the title that year.
The games between CSK and KKR have always been batsman friendly. However, it was in the inaugural season in 2008 that Makhaya Ntini ran through the KKR batting line up, ending with figures of 4 for 21 from his four overs.
A Century of Sixes
The 13 matches played between the two sides has produced a total of exactly 100 sixes!
The current toast of New Zealand Brendon McCullum will be the only player who has played for both the teams. A part of KKR for the better part of seven seasons, he will turn out for CSK today
Bat or Bowl First
It will be difficult to decide what should the captain do after winning the toss, as the team batting first has won 7 encounters while the team chasing has won 5. Duckworth Lewis has intervened on two occasions.
CSK vs KKR
Live from the Birsa Munda Stadium, Ranchi
Tonight 8 PM on Sony MAX, SIX and SIX HD.