Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings, 18th T20 Match Prediction2020-10-05
Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, UAE
Kings XI Punjab
Chennai Super Kings
Kings XI Punjab
Chennai Super Kings
Man of the Match: SR Watson
Can Kings XI Punjab regain their confidence by defeating out-of-form CSK?
We predict Kings XI Punjab will win this match.
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In the 18th match of IPL2020, Kings Eleven Punjab(KXIP) and Chennai Super Kings(CSK) will take on each other on Sunday at Dubai Cricket Stadium. Currently, both the teams are sailing in the same boat as they lost three out of their first four games of IPl2020. KXIP looked great in all aspects of the game and very close to winning two more games, but their death bowling allowed an opponent team to take the game away from KXIP. Their opening duo of K L Rahul and M Agrawal has been the most successful opening pair of IPL 2020. The batting-duo has scored 70% of the run and both have smashed a century in IPL2020. In the bowling as well, KXIP Pacer Mohammed Shami is currently leading wicket-taker with 8 wickets from 4 games. Despite some remarkable record so far from the top-order batsmen and leading bowler, KXIP managed only a single victory. However, KXIP looks very formidable and they will be hoping to bounce back by registering a second win against out of form CSK team.
On the other hand, Chennai Super Kings, the second most successful franchise in IPL league, has a very disappointing season of IPL 2020 so far. CSK team led by former Indian skipper MS Dhoni are usually very best in the business, however, in the ongoing season their batting looks very ordinary, they are missing the presence of Raina in their order batting. Except for Faf Duplessis and A Raydu, no other CSK batsmen looked comfortable while meeting the batting demand of shorter format of the game. CSK had an ideal start to their IPL 2020 campaign after defeating defending champion MI, however following that they lost thee games in a row; which is very rare, happens first time after 2014 where CSK lost three games in a row. CSK has got plenty of experience in their unit, they will be hoping to rectify their mistakes and come back strongly against KXIP.
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KXIP side lead by newly appointed skipper K L Rahul looks brilliant and a tough team to beat despite losing three games. In the IPL2020 opener against Delhi Capitals, KXIP lost the game in Super over. But in very next game they got the convincing win against batting-heavy RCB team by 97 runs. However, they lose the momentum in their next two games. In their last game against MI, bowler conceded 63 runs in last 3 overs, there KXIP lost the game. This is something KXIP need to work on during their game opposite CSK. In the batting, K L Rahul and Mayank Agrawal are currently best in the business; from earlier 4 games, K L Rahul scored 239 runs at a staggering staggering average of 79.67 and M Agrawal smashed 246 at an average 61.50. Notably, both the batsman smashed century in the ongoing season. K L Rahul 69 balls 132 against RCB is currently highest individual score of IPL 2020. The onus will be on them to do the bulk of the scoring and make sure either one of them bats throughout the inning. Batting duo is the biggest threat for any opponent.
In the middle-order, N Pooran has done a decent job in the limited opportunity he got. However, Aussies power-hitter Glen Maxwell has failed to live up the expectation; he may get replaced by C Gayle in the game against CSK. Bowling unit led by M Shami and S Cottrell done the stupendous job for their team; picked 14 wickets amongst them. However, bowling duo needs to work on their economy as the went for plenty in earlier games. Death bowling is a big concern for skipper KL Rahul.
Key Player – Lokesh Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Mohammed Shami
Sarfaraz Khan, Sheldon Cottrell, Mohammed Shami, Lokesh Rahul, Nicholas Pooran, Mandeep Singh, Harpreet Brar, Chris Jordan, Ravi Bishnoi, Glenn Maxwell, Mayank Agarwal
Chennai Super Kings a three times IPL champion and last year runner-up team has failed to replicate the similar performance in IPL 2020. CSK side led by Indian star player MS Dhoni has struggled massively in their batting. They have tried different combination in batting but nothing worked in their favour. Besides, the injury to their key player A Raydu kept him out in the crucial two games. Opener Shane Watson poor batting form continues, he scored just 52 runs from 4 games. Proteas former skipper Faf Duplessis is the only player who looks in great touch; scored 195 runs from 4 games at an average of 65.00 and strike rate of 144.44. The onus will be on him to carry on the good form and score bulk of the runs. Ambati Raydu is another solid Indian batsman in their rank; he played match-winning knock of 48 balls 71 in the season opener. He is a very good player of spin and pace and, cane take game away from opponent ones get going.
In the middle order, most capped IPL player, MS Dhoni has struggled to score freely in the ongoing season. Arguably, he is one of the best hitters of the ball but he is not at his best in the last four games. His good batting-form is very crucial for CSK to go long way in the tournament. Bowling unit comprising of Deepak Chahar, S Curran and S Thakur did a decent job. D Chahar and S Curran, both took 5 wickets from earlier games. However, the spinning duo of R Jadeja and P Chawala needs to work on their line and length and provide a crucial breakthrough in the middle overs.
Key Player – Faf du Plessis, MS Dhoni, D Chahar
Dwayne Bravo, Ambati Rayudu, Piyush Chawla, SR Watson, Deepak Chahar, SN Thakur, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf du Plessis, Kedar Jadhav, Sam Curran, MS Dhoni
|F du Plessis||22||19||4||0||115.79|
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||30||0 mm.||1.41 k/h||From: ESE||0%|
|03h||29||0 mm.||3.19 k/h||From: ESE||0%|
|06h||32||0 mm.||1.07 k/h||From: NE||0%|
|09h||33||0 mm.||5.11 k/h||From: NW||0%|
|12h||33||0 mm.||5.56 k/h||From: NNW||0%|
|15h||31||0 mm.||3.87 k/h||From: NNW||0%|
|18h||30||0 mm.||2.88 k/h||From: NW||0%|
|21h||29||0 mm.||1.41 k/h||From: NW||0%|
The weather forecast in Dubai on Sunday is mostly sunny and very warm. It is expected to be very humid. The track at Dubai stadium tends to be a good wicket for batting upfront. However, the spinners are known to play their part as the game progresses and can get it to grip off the surface.
18th Match of IPL 2020 will be played Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai.
From the last seven IPL T20 played at the same venue, five matches won by batting first team and two games ended in super overs. Records and batting conditions are strongly in favour of batting first team hence both the team will look to bat first after winning the toss.
A look at the current form of both the team, KXIP is way ahead of CSK as KXIP batting has been brilliant and their opener is in the best form of their life. KXIP pace bowler and spinners took plenty of wickets and were brilliant in patches. On the other hand, CSK’s batting woes continue; their key player has failed to provide a good start and in the middle-order, they lack firepower in their batting. Hence, despite CSK holds a great head to head records, KXIP will have an advantage going into this game.
We predict Kings XI Punjab will win this match.
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