Despite the change in leadership, there was not much improvement in Kolkata Knight Riders’ performance as they went down to Mumbai Indians by eight wickets in their previous encounter. Of course, it will be unfair to expect miracles from Eoin Morgan as he took over the reins from Dinesh Karthik the day KKR were to face Mumbai. Sunrisers Hyderabad too would be worried after two losses in a row. They just haven’t been able to find the desired consistency this season, owing to some form issues combined with injury problems.
Chennai Super Kings finally batted first and that changed their fortunes as they registered a fine win against the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Watson and Rayudu hit impressive forties and Bravo, Thakur closed out the game with the ball as CSK defeated SRH by 20 runs.
Languishing towards the bottom of the points table, at number seven to be precise, Chennai Super Kings are fast running out of time to revive their IPL 2020 campaign. Set to face Sunrisers Hyderabad at Dubai on Tuesday, CSK only have two wins to their name in seven games and are in severe danger of not making it to the play-offs for the first time. The only time they did not make the play-offs were when they were suspended from the tournament.
Rajasthan Royals finally ended their losing streak as they came from behind to win a thriller against Sunrisers Hyderabad. 85 runs came off the last 49 balls as Riyan Parag’s 42*(26) and Rahul Tewatia’s 45*(28) sealed the deal for RR.
Ben Stokes’ return to the cricket field bolstered Rajasthan Royals, who are in desperate need of reigniting their campaign. Although there is no guarantee of Stokes playing, RR might well risk him in Sunday’s game considering the grave situation. Having won their first two matches in Sharjah, RR have since registered four losses in a row, the latest one despite returning to Sharjah.
David Warner and Jonny Bairstow starred with the bat as the Sunrisers Hyderabad posted 201. For the Kings XI Punjab, it was Pooran who fought a lone battle with a sparkling 77, but with little support from his fellow batsmen, his side lost the match by 69 runs.
Last-placed Kings XI Punjab will face sixth-placed Sunrisers Hyderabad in match number 22 of Dubai International Stadium on Thursday. While Punjab have only one win from five games, SRH have registered two wins and three defeats.
Mumbai Indians will face Sunrisers Hyderabad in match number 17 of IPL 2020, the day game, at Sharjah on Sunday. Both MI and SRH are coming off victories in their previous matches. While Mumbai handed Kings XI Punjab their third defeat in the tournament, Hyderabad eked out a seven-run win against a lethargic Chennai Super Kings.
We had an exciting match in Dubai as SRH youngsters Priyam Garg and Abhishek Sharma displayed some excellent batting after a mid-innings collapse. Jadeja and Dhoni threatened to take the game away but SRH bowlers maintained their calm to win the match by 7 runs.