Hello and welcome to Match 53 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 in UAE. Chennai Super Kings will face Kings XI Punjab in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
The question on everyone’s mind: will Mayank Agarwal play tonight vs Chennai? Is Mayank fit? If he is, is he available for selection? Will he be available for the knockouts should Punjab qualify? Mumbai became the first team to qualify for the last four after Chennai Super Kings beat Kolkata Knight Riders earlier this week.
Rohit Sharma’s men then sealed a top-two finish with an emphatic nine-wicket win over Delhi Capitals on Saturday. Dhoni’s Chennai, meanwhile, are out of the playoff race but can play party spoiler if they beat Punjab today. Punjab, on the other hand, needs to beat Chennai to remain in contention.
Head-to-head: (22 matches – CSK 13 | KXIP 9)
The two teams have faced each other 22 times in the IPL so far, with CSK holding a 13-9 head-to-head win/loss record over KXIP.
Last IPL meeting:
KXIP (178/4 in 20 overs) lost to CSK (181/0 in 17.4 overs) by 10 wickets.
Earlier this season, the sides had squared off in Dubai on October 4, Sunday. Chennai beat Punjab by 10 wickets at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in UAE on the back of unbeaten 80-plus scores from openers Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson. Kings XI skipper K. L. Rahul scored a half-century against the Super Kings as well.
– Sunil Gavaskar, in his column for Sportstar, analyses CSK’s poor show in the ongoing Indian Premier League and attributes it to the team’s poor batting – READ
– Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming took solace from finding the “right player” in Ruturaj Gaikwad as he dealt with the mixed emotions of notching up victories after being knocked out of playoffs contention in the IPL – READ
– MS Dhoni heaped praise on young Maharashtra batsman Ruturaj Gaikwad after Chennai Super Kings (CSK) beat Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by six wickets in Match 49 of IPL 2020 at the Dubai International Stadium on Thursday – READ
Position on the Points Table:
CSK currently occupies the eighth position in the 2020 IPL points table with 10 points from 13 outings, which include five wins and eight losses. Meanwhile, KXIP is placed fifth in the standings with 12 points, having won six games and lost seven.
IPL 2020 Form guide: (last 5 matches | win:loss)
CSK – The franchise has two wins from its last five games (2:3)
KXIP – The team has four victories in its last five matches (4:1)
Overall, CSK has won the IPL thrice, while KXIP has made only one final (2014 vs Kolkata Knight Riders) in the tournament thus far.
Cricket Australia (CA) has confirmed dates and venues for India tour. Virat Kohli’s India will play the limited-overs leg in Sydney and Canberra ahead of four-match Test series starting with a day-night Test in Adelaide. India will also play two warm-up matches against an Australia A squad – a three-day red-ball game at Drummoyne Oval between December 6-8, followed by a three-day, day-night match at the SCG from December 11-13. The 32-man strong Indian squad will leave for Australia from Dubai after the IPL final on November 10. They are expected to be under quarantine till November 26.
You can find the Indian cricket team list for the Australia series here –
IPL 2020 Points Table Today
|Mumbai Indians (Q)||13||9||4||18||+1.296|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||13||7||6||14||-0.145|
|Kings XI Punjab||13||6||7||12||-0.133|
|Kolkata Knight Riders||13||6||7||12||-0.467|
|Chennai Super Kings (X)||13||5||8||10||-0.532|
WATCH EPISODE 6 OF OUR NEWEST SERIES T20 TIME FEATURING INDIA BATSMAN CHETESHWAR PUJARA
THE BEST PERFORMERS THIS SEASON (FROM CSK & KXIP)
1) K. L. Rahul (KXIP) – 641
3) Mayank Agarwal (KXIP) – 398
5) Ambati Rayudu (CSK) – 329
1) Mohammed Shami (KXIP) – 20
2) Sam Curran (CSK) – 13
5) Murugan Ashwin (KXIP) – 10
Predicted Playing XI
Chennai Super Kings Predicted XI
1. Shane Watson (Overseas)
2. Faf du Plessis (Overseas)
3. Ambati Rayudu
4. Ruturaj Gaikwad
5. N Jagadeesan
6. M. S. Dhoni (C & Wk)
7. Ravindra Jadeja
8. Dwayne Bravo (Overseas)
9. Piyush Chawla
10. Deepak Chahar
11. Josh Hazlewood (Overseas)
Kings XI Punjab Predicted XI
1. K. L. Rahul (C & Wk)
2. Chris Gayle (Overseas)
3. Mayank Agarwal
4. Glenn Maxwell (Overseas)
5. Mandeep Singh
6. Sarfaraz Khan
7. Krishnappa Gowtham
8. Chris Jordan (Overseas)
9. Murugan Ashwin
10. Mohammed Shami
11. Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Overseas)
PURPLE AND ORANGE CAP HOLDERS
Kings XI Punjab KL Rahul: 641 runs
Mumbai Indians Jasprit Bumrah: 23 wickets
CSK and KXIP Full Squads
Chennai Super Kings: Murali Vijay, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (Captain & Wicketkeeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Kedar Jadhav, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Lungi Ngidi, Karn Sharma, Josh Hazlewood, Imran Tahir, Shardul Thakur, Monu Kumar, Mitchell Santner, R. Sai Kishore, N Jagadeesan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, KM Asif
Kings XI Punjab: K. L. Rahul (Capt.), Glenn Maxwell, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Sheldon Cottrell, Ishan Porel, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Arshdeep Singh, Hardus Viljoen, M. Ashwin, J. Suchith, Harpreet Brar, Darshan Nalkande, James Neesham, Chris Jordan, Krishnappa Gowtham, Deepak Hooda, Tajinder Singh Dhillon, Nicholas Pooran, Prabhsimran Singh.
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Time: 3.30 pm (IST)