Dhoni has turned back the clock with his last three innings, two of them half centuries, adding to the fine run of imposing all-rounder Shane Watson. KKR should have done better than its present standing and its shoddy performances with both the bat and the ball had cost it dearly during the first-round matches, relegating it to the fourth position on the points table with just four wins from eight matches.
Dhoni himself has been a major factor in CSK's success with his batting and the ever-inspiring captaincy.
In their previous game, Dhoni made four changes to the side, a very uncharacteristic move by the CSK captain.
Ngidi looked reliable and penetrative both in power play and at the death as the South African brought some venom into the pace department in absence of injured Deepak Chahar. Bravo, Tahir and Thakur took two wickets each for the team CSK.
In batting, Watson has been a revelation. Ambati Rayudu too has gone about his tasks quietly, be it as an opener or in the middle-order to lead the batting chart with 370 runs. Dhoni is now averaging 71.50 with three half-centuries. His knock of 70 not out from 34 balls to hunt down RCB's 205 still remains the talk of the town.
With a handsome 12-7 win-loss record, the Dhoni-led side will start favourite to win.
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Match Predictions - Statistically, Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings has faced each other on 17 occasions, out of which CSK has managed to clinch the match 11 times and KKR won just six games.
Eden Gardens pitch report: The re-laid pitch at the Eden Gardens has been assisting the spinners well and the spin trio of KKR consisting of Kuldeep Yadav, Sunil Narine and Piyush Chawla have benefitted the most.
Coming to the hosts, KKR registered a morale-boosting six-wicket win against Royal Challengers Bangalore in their last game on the road. KKR also seemed to have under-utilised youngster Shubman Gill by sending him lower down the order.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Chennai Super Kings (CSK), IPL 2018 match will played on May 3, 2018. Now the Chennai Super Kings will have the opportunity to firm up their position at the top of the VVO IPL.
-Off the 18 wickets CSK have lost to spinners, 12 have been to wrist spinners: 11 to leg-spinners and 1 to a chinaman bowler.
Chennai Super Kings did not give up either as a good start followed by a crucial finish by Sam Billings helped the home team cross the finish line.