The Knights face the Super Kings in Chennai needing 2 points to stay in contention for a spot in the playoffs. The Knights are currently 8th in the table with 10 points while the Kings are 2nd with 15 points on the board.
The two teams have faced each other 28 times in the past with the hosts winning on 18 occasions while the Knights coming out winners on 9. The most memorable encounter between the two for the Knights would be the 2012 final win at the Chepauk which gave us our maiden IPL trophy. The Knights will be hoping to draw every bit of inspiration ahead of the crunch game against the in form hosts.
The wicket at the Chepauk has been great for sides batting first this season with several 200 plus scores being registered at the venue. However, on a couple of occasions the spinners have come into play as well and it will be interesting to see how the wicket plays out on Sunday. Varun Chakravarthy, the local boy could be a key figure as he has led the Knights attack admirably picking up 17 wickets so far this season at an average of 20.88.
With 20 wickets, Sunil Narine has been the most prolific bowler for the Knights against the Super Kings over the years and the wily spinner will be looking to make an impact in a venue he has done well over the years. Among the batsmen, Venkatesh’s return to form is good news for the Knights as his firepower up top can make a huge difference in crunch games.
Going into their penultimate game of the season and needing a big result to stay in the race, Skipper Rana and the boys will have to put their best foot forward to get the 2 crucial points that will keep them in the playoffs race going into the final round of fixtures.