The 18th match of IPL 2020 will be held at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, played between Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings. The match will be kicked off on 4th October (Sunday) at 20:00 (GMT+6).
In their last game against the Mumbai Indians (MI), the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) were absolutely outdone. They lost the game by a 48-run margin, thereby losing three of the four matches they have played so far. However, the results do not reflect how good they have been. In the matches against the Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore, they were unlucky. The side ended up on the losing side by a small margin in those two matches. The fact that they have two of the top run-scorers in the tournament in their squad displayed their credibility.
In the upcoming match, they will be taking on the Chennai Super Kings. This season, the Super Kings had one of their worst tournament starts, losing three matches on the trot. It doesn’t seem to be working out for them following the MS Dhoni template of taking the matches deep. Against a strong opposition like Kings XI Punjab, if they want to make a comeback, they have to be at their best. There are quite a few areas for them to be tackled, and Chennai Super Kings should try to fill in the holes sooner than later.
The humidity levels in the atmosphere will be very high , which means that some purchase could be made early by the fast bowlers. The temperatures will stay around 33 degrees Celsius.
At this venue, there is a balanced pitch on offer. With the new balls, the fast bowlers will get support while the spinners have a little purchase on offer.
Average first innings score: 177 (At this pitch till Match 14)
Chasing Teams Record: 0 Won, 5 Lost, 2 Tied
Probable Playing XIs
Kings XI Punjab:
KL Rahul (c)(wk), Mayank Agarwal, Glenn Maxwell/Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, James Neesham/Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mohammed Shami, Murugan Ashwin/Krishnappa Gowtham, Sheldon Cottrell, Ravi Bishnoi.
Chennai Super Kings:
MS Dhoni (C)(WK), Ambati Rayudu, Sam Curran, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Piyush Chawla, Kedar Jadhav, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar.
Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings Dream11:
Mayank Agarwal (c), Faf du Plessis (vc), KL Rahul, MS Dhoni, Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Glenn Maxwell, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravi Bishnoi, Sheldon Cottrell, Deepak Chahar
The spinners could come in handy with the big boundaries in Dubai and you should have at least a few of them in your team. As predicted by our cricket experts, Kings XI Punjab will be the winner of this match. Let’s back the team at baji.live!