The Chennai team will take on the Kolkata team in the 62nd match of the Indian Playerzpot League 2023 at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on 14th May, Sunday. Chennai are having a great campaign, while Kolkata are having a torrid outing this season thus far. Chennai have almost qualified for the playoffs with seven wins and four losses and are currently at second in the points table with 15 points after 12 matches. Kolkata, on the other hand, won five games and lost seven matches, and are at the seventh spot with 10 points after 12 games. Chennai’s latest result was a 27-run win over Delhi, while Kolkata lost to Rajasthan in the previous match.

Chennai and Kolkata will lock horns with each other for the second time in the ongoing season of the Indian Playerzpot League. In their previous encounter, Chennai defeated Kolkata by 49 runs. Two teams have faced off against each other 28 times, with CSK leading 18-9 (one match no result). In the upcoming match, Chennai will look to seal their playoff berth with the eighth win of the season while Kolkata will hope to make it to playoffs with their sixth win.

Players to watch out for

#1 M. Pathirana (Chennai): M. Pathirana has created a buzz with his Malinga-style bowling in the ongoing edition of the tournament. Pathirana has been one of the most impactful bowlers for Chennai this season. In the previous match, the 20-year-old scalped three wickets while conceding 37 runs at an economy rate of 9.3 in four overs. This season, M. Pathirana has picked 13 wickets at an average of 18.85 and an economy rate of 7.82 in seven matches so far. His best bowling figures of 3/15 came against Mumbai. Pathirana is having a breakthrough in this edition of the Indian Playerzpot League. He has already shown his glimpses of talent with exceptional bowling skills. M. Pathirana has a good pace and has the ability to bowl yorker which may make it tougher for batsmen to play. M. Pathirana could be a potent threat to Kolkata’s batting line-up.

#2 J. Roy (Kolkata): J Roy’s addition to the Kolkata squad has further strengthened their batting line-up. The 32-year-old is an attacking batsman who can take on bowlers brilliantly in the powerplay as well as in the middle overs. In the previous match against Rajasthan, J Roy failed to deliver as he scored just 10 off 8 balls. This season, Roy has scored 228 runs, including two fifties, at an average of 38 and a strike rate of 157.24 in six matches so far. His highest individual score of 61 off 26 balls came against Chennai. Roy is already a proven T20 player and Kolkata has benefitted from his attacking style of batting in the powerplay as well as in the middle overs. Chennai’s bowling line-up will have a task cut out to stop J Roy from scoring runs.

#3 S Dube (Chennai): S. Dube has been one of the most impactful players for Chennai in the ongoing edition of the Indian Playerzpot League. In the previous match, the 29-year-old scored 25 off 12 balls at an astounding strike rate of 208.33. This season, S Dube has scored 315 runs, including 3 half-centuries, at an average of 35.00 and a good strike rate of 159.90 in 11 matches. He managed to better his run tally from the previous four seasons of the tournament. His highest individual score of the season came against Bangalore and Rajasthan (52). S Dube has been providing stability in the middle order of the batting line-up with his hard-hitting ability. He can accelerate the innings at death and help the team post a solid total on the board. S Dube can be a threat to Kolkata’s bowling line-up.

#4 V Chakravarthy (Kolkata): V Chakravarthy has been performing well in the ongoing season of the Indian Playerzpot League. In the previous match, the 31-year-old failed to take any wickets while conceding 28 runs at an economy rate of 9.3 in three overs. This season, V Chakravarthy has scalped 17 wickets, including a four-wicket, at an average of 20.88 and an economy rate of 7.95 in 12 matches so far. V Chakravarthy went wicketless in just three matches this season. Chakravarthy has been a very effective bowler in the middle overs and can also restrict the flow of runs at the death. His spin bowling has often left the batsmen confused. Chennai’s batting line-up will have to be careful while facing Chakravarthy.

Predicted Playing XI

Chennai: R Gaikwad, D Conway, A Rahane, M Ali, S Dube, R Jadeja, MS Dhoni [C/WK], D Chahar, T Deshpande, M Pathirana, M Theekshana,

Kolkata: J Roy, R Gurbaz [WK], V Iyer, N Rana [C], A Russell, R Singh, S Narine, S Thakur, A Roy, S Sharma, V Chakravarthy

Top Picks for Fantasy Playing XI

Wicketkeeper: R Gurbaz

Batters: R Gaikwad, J Roy, D Conway, V Iyer, S Dube,

All-rounders: R Jadeja,

Bowlers: D Chahar, V Chakravarthy, T Despande, M Pathirana,

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