Chennai vs Kolkata in Indian T20 League

Chennai vs Kolkata – Three-time champions vs two-time champions. A team banking on experience vs a team investing in youth. A team of smart performers vs a team of mercurial performers. This clash has something for every cricket fan. Right from the opening edition of the Indian Premier League, this matchup has captured the fascination of fans all over the country.

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Chennai come into the season off the back of another great season, where they managed to reach the final once again. The team, known for its consistency and backing a strong core of players, has set the template for every other side in the league, reaching the playoffs in each of the 10 seasons they have participated in, and qualifying for the finals a staggering 8 times out of that. The likes of Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, Harbhajan Singh and more lend a lot of experience to the team. There have been concerns about the team being full of ageing stars, but under the inspirational leadership of MS Dhoni, the players have been proving all doubters wrong.

Speaking of Kolkata, the team’s golden period came about between 2011 and 2017 under the leadership of former India opener Gautam Gambhir. The team won the trophy twice during this period and generally performed well in every season. After Gambhir’s departure though, it can be said the team has been lacking direction. The management has put money on a number of young domestic and foreign players but that strategy is yet to bear fruit. In fact, throughout the last season, Kolkata were found guilty of heavy reliance on all-rounder Andre Russell, who single-handedly won them a number of games. The team would be hoping that other players can pitch in this time around.

When it comes to the history of this contest, Chennai have again been the dominant force, with 14 victories out of 23 games. 

Head to Head Record of Chennai vs Kolkata

Played

Chennai Won

Kolkata Won

NR

23

14

8

1

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Top Performers in Batting – Kolkata vs Chennai Matches

The batsmen with most runs and highest scores in Kolkata vs Chennai Matches are:

Most Runs

  • Suresh Raina (Chennai) – 736 runs
  • MS Dhoin (Chennai) – 470 runs
  • Brendon McCullum (Chennai & Kolkata) – 346 runs

Highest Scores

  • Suresh Raina (Chennai) – 109*
  • Michael Hussey (Chennai) – 95
  • Manvinder Bisla (Kolkata) – 92

It is no surprise to see the batting charts being dominated by Chennai batsmen once again, with Suresh Raina leading by almost 300 runs. The batsman has developed a liking to the Kolkata attack and will be relishing the opportunity to face the bowlers once again. He surely is the most bankable player in Indian T20 Premier Fantasy League for Chennai and Kolkata matches.

Top Performers in Bowling – Chennai vs Kolkata Matches

The bowlers with the best bowling figures and most number of wickets in Kolkata vs Chennai matches are:

Most Wickets

  • Ravichandran Ashwin (Chennai) – 16 wickets
  • Sunil Narine (Kolkata) – 14 wickets
  • Ravindra Jadeja (Chennai) – 14 wickets

Best Bowling

  • Pawan Negi (Chennai) – 5/22
  • Ravindra Jadeja (Chennai) – 4/12
  • Ashish Nehra (Chennai) – 4/21

Sunil Narine has been the backbone of the Kolkata team over the last decade and will be hoping to go top of the bowling charts, especially with Ashwin no longer being a part of this matchup.

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