Kolkata, May 13: Title holders, Chennai Super Kings are slowly moving towards securing a play-off spot in IPL 5. After two successive wins, they will now face Kolkata Knight Riders in Game 63 on Monday night at the Eden Gardens.
MS Dhoni and his men have been playing well in the last two games. First they won against Rajasthan Royals and on Saturday night, they defeated the table toppers Delhi Daredevils.
Still, Chennai cannot afford to relax. Every game from now is like a knockout clash for them. Now, they have two more games including the Monday's match. They need to win both to keep their semi-final hopes alive.
Kolkata are coming into the match after receiving a drubbing at the hands of Mumbai Indians on Saturday evening. Rohit Sharma's unbeaten century floored Gautam Gambhir and his men. Rohit's brilliant innings ended Kolkata's seven-match unbeaten run.
In these two teams' earlier meeting this season, on April 30, Kolkata had won by five wickets with Gambhir scoring a half century at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.
As they did last year, Chennai are winning matches towards the end of the league. These signs are good for them as they played in a similar way and took the trophy in 2011.
Chennai's final league game is against Kings XI Punajb in Dharamsala on May 17.
Kolkata, who are occupying the second spot in the points table, have no such worries as Chennai. They are almost in the play-offs. Kolkata and Delhi are the teams which seem to have secured the spots.
Ben Hilfenhaus has been outstanding for Chennai. Once again, he has to deliver with the new ball. The Australian paceman is a good swing bowler and if gets assistance from the pitch, there is trouble for Kolkata batsmen.
Gambhir, who has been in great form, had a rare failure against Mumbai. The left-hander will have to provide yet another good start.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (captain), Jacques Kallis, Manvinder Bisla, Manoj Tiwary, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Ryan ten Doeschate, Debabrata Das, Rajat Bhatia, Laxmipathy Balaji, Sunil Narine, Chirag Jani, Iqbal Abdulla, Iresh Saxena, Jaidev Unadkat, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Pradeep Sangwan, Sanju Samson, Sarabjit Ladda, Mohammad Shami Ahmed, Brendon McCullum, Brett Lee, Eoin Morgan and Marchant de Lange.
Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (captain and wicketkeeper), Murali Vijay, Abhinav Mukund, Srikkanth Anirudha, George Bailey, Michael Hussey, Ravindra Jadeja, Suresh Raina, Subramaniam Badrinath, Dwayne Bravo, Yo Mahesh, Albie Morkel, Ben Hilfenhaus, Ravichandran Ashwin, Doug Bollinger, Faf du Plessis, Shadab Jakati, Joginder Sharma, Suraj Randiv, Nuwan Kulasekara, Sudeep Tyagi, K Vasudevadas, Ganapathi Vignesh.
Match starts at 8PM IST
Also playing on Monday, at 4PM IST, Royal Challengers Bangalore Vs Mumbai Indians in Bangalore