IPL 2019: Unchanged CSK bowl against KKR, Narine returns
Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine are back opening the innings for Kolkata Knight Riders. (AFP Image)

Keeping up with the trend of bowling first, Chennai Super Kings have opted to bowl against Kolkata Knight Riders after their captain MS Dhoni won the toss at the Eden Gardens on Sunday. With Dwayne Bravo still recovering from his injury, CSK have stuck to the winning combination that saw them beat Rajasthan Royals the other night. (READ: Match Highlights)

“We’ll bowl first. If you see the wickets, they have been good over here,” Dhoni said at the toss. “It’s difficult to contain batsmen here, hence we need the opposition to put the runs on the board. We have had a few niggles and concerns but not particularly worried about that. Hope that Bravo comes back as soon as possible, he gives a balance to our side. Without him being there, we need to find the right balance. I think we are a good space, we are playing with the same side.”

KKR on the other hand have reverted to the Playing XI which they fielded against CSK the last time these two sides met. Having recovered from flu, openers Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine have been slotted back into the side, and Harry Gurney takes his place back in place of Lockie Ferguson.

“We need to bat well. It’s important to hit the right areas when we bowl. It’s been a flat wicket and it’s difficult to take wickets if the batsmen get going. Lynn and Narine are back and Gurney is back too. Looking forward to this game,” KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik said.


KKR Playing XI: Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Harry Gurney

CSK Playing XI: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni(w/c), Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Santner, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir