Earlier on Sunday, Chennai Super Kings consolidated their position at the top of the table after securing a last-over win against Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens. They were hoping to win as they lost to Delhi Capitals in their home ground. The Knight Riders, hence, would be under vast pressure to arrest the slide when they face the mighty Super Kings.
Andre Russell has to be in the side. He never looked at ease during his 21-ball 45 against Delhi.
However, Chennai were given a massive helping hand after some inexplicable errors from Stokes, who took Royals bowling duties at the death.
The CSK captain was back at his jovial best at the post-match presentation.
"He has a bit of an issue". He is always a special cricketer.
Though, Chennai Super Kings won the match by 4 wickets, MS Dhoni lost his reputation of being calm in every situation. Russell has been KKR's go-to man this season with six consecutive 40-plus scores.
That apart, with Eden Gardens being more of a pacer haven than a spinner one, the visitors may have to rejig their tweaker combination on Sunday. Also, the batsmen who are good against pace would be in the advantage.
Chasing a 162-run target, Super Kings ended up sealing the chase in the last over on the back of a 41-run partnership for the sixth wicket between Suresh Raina (58*) and Ravindra Jadeja (31*). But in the last match, Dhoni was in the spotlight for wrong reasons.
Dhoni was docked only 50 percent of his match fees for entering the field of play to confront Gandhe for backtracking on a waist high no-ball. However, Thursday's IPL match was a big exception.
KKR Team (from): Dinesh Karthik (captain), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Joe Denly, Lockie Ferguson, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Harry Gurnley, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Nitish Rana, Sandeep Warrier, K.C. Cariappa, Shubman Gill, Rinku Singh, Shrikant Mundhe, Nikhil Naik, Anrich Nortje, Prithvi Raj, Prasidh Krishna.
Mitchell Santner hit it, smashing Ben Stokes (2-39) over long on, two balls after CSK captain MS Dhoni marched out to the middle after the umpire appeared to signal a no-ball for height before then reversing his decision.