IPL 6: Inconsistent Kolkata run into Chennai

Chennai are getting close to their best, while Kolkata are still some distance away from hitting their peak.

updated: April 19, 2013 20:25 IST
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It's quite amazing that Kolkata Knight Riders have managed to keep their Net Run Rate in the positive despite three losses from five games, explaining how up and down they have been. When they've been good, they've been very good and when they have flopped, they have been disastrous. One is never quite sure which version of the Kolkata side will walk out the next time there's a match in the Pepsi Indian Premier League 2013.

At home now, against Chennai Super Kings on Saturday (April 20), Kolkata would hope that it's the version that won more often than not in 2012 that presents itself. In 2012, however, Chennai had beaten Kolkata at Eden Gardens in a last-ball thriller, though Kolkata did return the favour in the return game and then again in the final.

After a slow start to their IPL VI campaign, losing to Mumbai Indians in the first game and then later to Pune Warriors India - both matches at home - Chennai are getting back on track. Between the losses to Mumbai and Pune, Chennai had beaten Kings XI Punjab in Mohali as well as Royal Challengers Bangalore at home. But after the decimation of Delhi Daredevils by 86 runs at Feroz Shah Kotla on Thursday, and the good performance of the top-order batsmen in that game, Chennai are starting to look like the team that has the best record in the IPL over the years.

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