- Captain Dhoni Vs Captain Ganguly
- Kollywood Star Vijay Vs Bollywood Star Shahrukh Khan
- Hayden Vs Ishant Sharma
- Muralitharan Vs Ponting & Ganguly
- Jacob Oram Vs Brendon McCullum
- Hussey Vs Hussey
These are the battles to look out for, in today's match. Though the other battles looks interesting, I believe the contest between CSK's top order (Hayden & Co.) and Ishant Sharma would be the key one and will ultimately decide the winner of the match. Even Dhoni agrees with this view, in his column in cricketnext. My instincts also tell me that Oram would come good with his ball and bat tomorrow. [Surprisingly, he has been having a quite series so far]
While our batting lineup is surely stronger than Kolkata Knight riders' batting lineup, Ishant Sharma's form makes Kolkata Knight riders' bowling much stronger and more dangerous. That is why, it is important that Hayden & Co negate the thereat posed by Ishant Sharma. If his threat is negated, then expect another huge score or easy run chase from Chennai Super Kings. If we bat first, Muralitharan's bowling against Ganguly and Ponting could be the key moment. I also expect our team to play as a single unit tomorrow with team spirit and passion.
My Prediction: Chennai Super Kings would win by a small margin.