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IPL 2018, CSK vs KKR: 5 player battles to look forward to

Looking ahead to what promises to be a mouth watering clash between CSK and KKR...

Top 5 / Top 10 10 Apr 2018, 14:19 IST

Sunil Narine has got off to a flying start this season
Sunil Narine has got off to a flying start this season

It was an outstanding comeback from the gushes of defeat which saw Dwayne Bravo single-handedly snatch victory from Mumbai Indians in the opener of the VIVO IPL 2018.

With CSK returning home after a gap of more than two years, it’s going to be an amazing homecoming for the side. Always dominant when they play at home, their first home game of this season promises to be a mouth-watering prospect.

Up against them is the new look Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) who were convincing in their triumph over Royal Challengers Bangalore in their first game of the season. Under Dinesh Karthik, the team seems to have a settled feel to it.

Ahead of the fifth match in this year’s IPL, we look at 5 player battles to look forward to:

#5 Mark Wood vs Sunil Narine

Ever since Sunil Narine was promoted to the opener’s position during last year’s IPL, he has been a revelation for KKR. His unorthodox technique rattles most sides. A case in point could be how he derailed RCB’s attack and amassed a 19-ball fifty.

If Chennai Super Kings stand a chance to minimise the damage Narine can cause it would have to be through sheer pace. They have in their team a talented, quick bowler Mark Wood.

Wood had a tough start to his IPL journey as he conceded 49 runs in 4 overs against Mumbai Indians, but no one can doubt his ability to surprise quality batsmen with his pace. CSK would most certainly want to use this weapon against an unpredictable Sunil Narine.

This player battle promises to be really exciting. Can Narine play out the threat posed by Mark Wood? We will have to wait and watch.

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