Kings XI Punjab will have to get the better of Chennai Super Kings in match 53 of IPL 2020 at Abu Dhabi if they are to stay in hunt for a play-offs race, which is a rather jumbled up scenario at present. Punjab’s loss to Rajasthan Royals in their previous game has seriously dented their chances of qualification. With 12 points from 13 games, they are not assured of making the top four even if they defeat CSK in the first game of the double-header on Sunday.
A calm Gaikwad’s 72(53) and a belligerent Jadeja’s 31*(11) made sure that KKR’s playoff chances were no longer in their hands, as with this loss, they will want other results to fall their way. Rana batted superbly for his 87(61), but the target of 173 was just not enough for the now spirited Super Kings.
Chennai Super Kings may have been knocked out of IPL 2020, but they can still play spoilsport as far as the chances of other teams are concerned. They will face Kolkata Knight Riders in match number 49 of IPL 2020 at Dubai on Thursday. KKR are still in contention with 12 points from as many games, and need to win the next two matches to ensure qualification for the play-offs. CSK are at the bottom of the points table and would not like to finish there. Hence, they have a lot of pride to play for.
With not much to lose, CSK played freely today, and as a result walked away with a comfortable win over RCB, who would have hoped to top the table after winning. Gaikwad 65*(51) and Rayudu 39(27) starred with the bat as CSK chased down 145 with 8 balls to spare.
Bottom-placed Chennai Super Kings will face in-from Royal Challengers Bangalore in match 44 of IPL 2020 at Dubai, in the first game on Sunday. CSK have had a horrible run in IPL 2020 with only three wins from 11 matches, and look set to miss the play-offs for the first time in IPL history (notwithstanding their suspended years). RCB, in complete contrast, have 14 points from 10 games, and trail Mumbai and Delhi only the basis on net run-rate.
The Chennai Super Kings were handed their first 10 wicket loss at the hand of their arch rivals Mumbai Indians. Boult (4-18) and Bumrah (2-25) restricted CSK for 114 before Kishan’s blistering 68*(37) took them home with more than seven overs to spare.
The two teams who kicked off IPL 2020, Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings, will clash again in match number 41 of the tournament at Sharjah on Friday. CSK beat MI rather comprehensively in the first meeting between the teams this year. However, the fortunes of the two sides have changed drastically since. Chennai are languishing at the bottom of the points table with only three wins from 10 matches. Mumbai, on the other hand, are in the top three with six wins from nine games.
After three supers overs in the previous day, we had a rather mundane game at our hands as CSK could manage only 125 on two paced pitch in Abu Dhabi. Even though Rajasthan were rocked early, Buttler and Smith combined to make light work of the chase.
Struggling to find consistency, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals will take on each in match number 37 of IPL 2020 at Abu Dhabi on Monday. Both CSK and RR are in a similar situation having won only three out of nine matches. Chennai are placed ahead of Rajasthan only on the virtue of a better run rate. Further, both sides go in having lost their previous match. CSK went down to favourites Delhi Capitals by five wickets while Rajasthan were undone by Royal Challengers Bangalore by seven wickets. Neither side can afford to slip from here.