The Sunday double- header will kick start with the bottom dwellers Chennai Super Kings taking on the spirited Kings Xl Punjab. The 53rd match of the Indian Premier League 2020 is scheduled to take place at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
The Men in Yellow are out of contention for the play- offs, this is the first time in the history of the tournament the three times champions are not able to make it to the play- offs. Though the team is out, they have been showcasing some outstanding cricket in their last two outings. The other teams would be thankful to the CSK for defeating the KKR, as now the table is much more open. The KXIP are currently placed 4th but can not afford to lose the match as a defeat here would throw them out of the contention of the play- offs.
The previous encounter between the two sides was a completely one-sided clash as Chennai ended up on the winning side by a destructive margin of 10 wickets. The KXIP after winning the toss elected to bat first and with the help of clinical 63 by their captain KL Rahul and rest of the batsmen getting starts, they managed to notch up a score of 178 on the board. The CSK on the other side came all guns blazing as the vintage Shane Watson was once again seen. Both openers put together 181 for the first wicket which meant the other CSK batsmen did not have to break sweat.
The 2019 runners up will come into this match on the back of a thrilling last ball win against the Kolkata Knight Riders. While, the KXIP after winning five matches in a row were finally made to taste defeat by the Rajasthan Royals.
Can Chennai Super Kings finish the tournament on a high note? Or will KXIP dominate the Chennai side and cement their place at the 4th position?
Match Toss Time: 13:30 Local (15:00 IST)
Match Start Time: 14:00 Local (15:30 IST)
Match Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
The conditions are well in favor of cricket as clear skies are expected throughout the day. The temperature is predicted to be hovering in the range of 27-31 degrees whilst the duration of the match. While the humidity is expected to be floating in the 55 percent range throughout the afternoon.
The pitch in Abu Dhabi has been on the slower side ever since the beginning and is only expected to continue the same way. Though we did some big shots in the last few matches, a score of 165 plus still looks highly competitive in this pitch. Said that, the due has been playing a very crucial role in the last few games and the chasing teams have made easy work of the huge totals, the team batting second could enjoy the advantage once again.
Chennai Super Kings have finally managed to break the shackles, or should we say Ruturaj has managed to? The opener has played two significant knocks for CSK in the last 2 matches, both which ended up as the match winning knocks. Said that, the team has been doing a wonderful job in the last 2 matches and they would like to play the same Xl that won against the KKR.
KXIP on the other side have a huge task ahead and they have everything to play for here. But the team has been doing a great job and it was only the due factor that took the game away from the Punjab side. They do look well settled and not much to worry about the balance. In what is a must win game, the management and captain will not want to fiddle much with the well settled winning combination.
Probable Playing Xl
Chennai Super Kings (CSK): Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (c & wk), N Jagadeesan, Sam Curran, Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Santner, Karn Sharma, Deepak Chahar, Lungi Ngidi
Kings Xl Punjab (KXIP): KL Rahul (c & wk), Mandeep Singh, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh
CSK vs KXIP Fantasy Team
KL Rahul(wk), Nicholas Pooran, Chris Gayle, Ambati Rayudu, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Sam Curran, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammad Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Deepak Chahar
Captain Picks: Chris Gayle (KXIP), KL Rahul (KXIP)
Vice- Captain Picks: Ruturaj Gaikwad (CSK), Ravindra Jadeja (CSK)
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