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53rd Match Preview CSK vs KXIP

by  Biswajit Majhi  •  Last updated on 2020-11-01 16:33:35


The 53rd match of the Indian Premier League 2020 will be played between Chennai Super Kings and KIngs XI Punjab. It will be played at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, and is scheduled to start at 3:30 PM IST.

The penultimate game of IPL 2020 will be unlike the previous editions. The usual circumstances are the Chennai Super Kings play this phase to extend their dominance while KXIP to either survive to for their pride. But in this edition, it's the other way around. CSK will be playing for their pride having already been eliminated. And KXIP to stay alive in the tournament and get to 14 points.

It's almost like a new KXIP is playing the latter half of the IPL after they won 5 back to back matches. After the inclusion of Chris Gayle, the team looks complete. And he'll be at the center stage for today's game too. Their winning streak came to an end when they played against Rajasthan on 30th Oct. Punjab, after batting first, put a score of 185 on the board. While it may had been enough, Ben Stokes and co. had other ideas as they chased it down easily with 2.3 overs to spare. So KXIP will be entering the contest with a loss.

CSK, on the other hand, seem to have got their mojo back, albeit rather late. The inclusion of Ruturaj Gaekwad has finally worked for CSK and they're looking well settled. Therefore, they might already plan for 2021.

Coming to the match, it's going to be a good batting surface. Team batting first should have an advantage. The performance of Ruturaj Gaekwad for CSK and Chris Gayle for KXIP might decide the fate of the match.

Probable Playing XI

CSK: Shane Watson, Ruturaj Gaekwad, Ambati Rayudu, N Jagdeeshan, MS Dhoni (c)(wk), Sam Curran, Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Santner, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir

KXIP: Lokesh Rahul (c)(wk), Mandeep Singh, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Ravi Bishnoi, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammad Shami, Arshdeep Singh