CSK and KKR are all set to face each other and both the team have already had the good as well as the bad despite the season still being in its initial stages. The head-to-head record reads 14-8 in CSK’s favour with the three-time IPL champions doing the double over KKR in IPL 2019. Dinesh Karthik and his men would love to exact revenge upon CSK as both sides look for a win in Abu Dhabi. Thus, one can expect a cracking encounter at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Wednesday.
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Chennai Super Kings, Match 21
7th October 2020, at 7:30 PM IST
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
What To Expect:
Unlike the pitches in Sharjah and Dubai, Abu Dhabi has offered some help to both the pacers as well as the spinners. While the pacers have enjoyed the conditions with the new ball, the spinners have grown in stature as the innings has progressed. Most teams have preferred to see out the initial phase before launching an attack towards the end of the innings and one reckons that that modus operandi could be followed on Wednesday too.The average first innings score at this venue in IPL 2020 is 168 with the team batting first emerging victorious on three out of six occasions. However, both teams would ideally look to chase upon winning the toss with dew expected to play a significant role as the match progresses. The team batting first would look to get a to atleast 170-180 to be on the safer side.
Kolkata Knight Riders:
KKR haven’t been really in the best of form. Despite having a threatening batting lineup their batsman haven’t been abke to click on a consistent basis. It is safe to say that KKR that has blown hot and cold this season. With two wins in four games, KKR has had a decent start to their campaign although they have a lot of intriguing questions to answer. The form of Sunil Narine is a major talking point ahead of this fixture with the West Indian unable to come up with a telling contribution with bat or ball. Rahul Tripathi’s explosive knock and the presence of Tom Banton waiting in the wings, only adds to the complexity of this problem.
KKR Predicted Playing XI:
Sunil Narine, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (C&WK), Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Rahul Tripathi, Pat Cummins, Varun Chakravarthy, Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti
Chennai Super Kings:
CSK would be high on confidence after a comprehensive victory agaisnt KXIP. Their openers were fantastic, this comes as a huge boost to them. starring for the three-time IPL champions, CSK will go into this game with a lot of confidence and will look to win their third game in IPL 2020.
CSK Predicted Playing XI:
Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (C&WK), Sam Curran, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla and Shardul Thakur