Chennai Super Kings will take on Kings XI Punjab in the 53rd match of the Indian Premier League. The match is scheduled to take place at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi and will take place at 10:00 PM local time.
With just few matches left in the group stages, teams are battling hard to find a place in the top 4. It’s strange that even after 52 games, every team, apart from Chennai, every team can make it through to the playoffs. Kings XI Punjab’s 5 match winning streak was halted by a ruthless Rajasthan unit, who in the process have kept their hopes alive. Punjab now face a very tricky situation where even a win might not secure a place in the playoffs. The fourth entrance in the playoffs will most probably decided by the nut run rate and Punjab need to pull off a big win to get their net run rate better than the other teams. Punjab’s tournament has been a mixture of two extremes/ First they lost 5 back to back matches in the first half of the tournament then bounced back to win their next 5. Punjab hasn’t played bad cricket, even in the matches they’ve lost. Against Rajasthan they posted a decent total of 185 but bowling second was always going to be difficult on this wicket. Chris Gayle scored a magnificent 99 against Rajasthan and KL Rahul, as we all know is in the form of his life. Other players haven’t got much opportunity with the bat but are capable enough to demolish any bowling line up. Punjab is heavily dependent on Mohammed Shami for the wickets but will need their other bowlers to step up to the occasion.
For Chennai, they’re already knocked out of the tournament but can play a spoilsport in Punjab’s campaign. After a horrible first half, Chennai have fared decently in the second half, winning 3 of the 6 matches they’ve played. They’re coming back from two consecutive victories and would be looking to end their tournament on a high. Ruturaj Gaikwad has been the biggest positive for CSK in the last two games. Ambati Rayudu too looked good in the previous game. Jadeja down the order have been magnificent with the bat. However, the middle order looks bleak in MS Dhoni and N Jagadeesan. Moreover, there is no clarity on whether Faf du Plessis will feature in the game or not. As a bowling unit, Chennai brought in Ngidi who responded with a couple of wickets. Deepak Chahar and Sam Curran have been good too. On paper Chennai is on par with Punjab but practically, KL Rahul’s team has a better chance of emerging victorious.
Date -01 Nov 2020
Time-3.30 Gmt +5.30
Venue -Sheikh Zayed Stadium – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Winner-Kings XI Punjab
CSK vs KXIP Toss Prediction
Toss will be crucial for the teams winning the toss might want to bat first as chasing won’t be easy on this pitch
The weather in Abu Dhabi will be challenging for the players with temperature touching high thirtis.
The pitch here is a slow wicket which will offer some assistance to the slower bowlers. Batting second will be a challenge here
Chennai Super Kings Predicted Playing 11
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 XI Punjab Predicted Playing 11
KL Rahul (c & wk), Mandeep Singh, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh