Eoin Morgan and Co need a win desperately to get back in the top four.

For Chennai Super Kings (CSK), there’s nothing, but pride to play for in the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The team, captained by MS Dhoni, became the first team to be eliminated from the T20 extravaganza.

However, they can take heart from the fact that they beat the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), led by Virat Kohli, by eight wickets in Dubai after a strong all-round show. The Yellow Army will next be facing the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Thursday, October 29 in Dubai itself.

Pitch and Conditions

The pitch in Dubai has been a good one as Delhi Capitals (DC) amassed 219 runs losing only two wickets. The track has helped the spinners also as Rashid Khan picked three wickets and conceded only seven runs.

Both teams have strong bowling attacks and may wish to bat first. The conditions will be warm with the temperature around 30 degrees Celsius. The humidity will be in the 40s.

Playing Combinations for CSK vs KKR

Chennai Super Kings

Probable XI

Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (C & WK), Narayan Jagadeesan, Sam Curran, Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Santner, Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir, Monu Kumar

Kolkata Knight Riders

Probable XI

Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Eoin Morgan (C), Sunil Narine, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Pat Cummins, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna

Probable Top Performers for CSK vs KKR

Sam Curran– Chennai Super Kings

Sam Curran has been a shining light for the Super Kings in the tournament. The southpaw has performed efficiently with both bat and ball. In the last game, the left-arm pacer picked up three wickets and restricted RCB to a below-par score.

Curran has 173 runs at an average and strike-rate of 21.62 and 136.22 respectively. He is also their leading wicket-taker with 13 wickets to his name.

Sunil Narine– Kolkata Knight Riders

Sunil Narine has had his travails with the ball in hand. However, the West Indies tweaker made his comeback and is currently a part of KKR’s plans. With the bat, the left-hander notched a half-century against the Capitals and he is in a good rhythm. Last time around against CSK, he was introduced into the attack after the 10th over and he helped his team win the game from a stage of hopelessness.

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CSK vs KKR Head to Head

Overall

Played- 24 |CSK won- 14 | KKR won- 9 | N/R- 1

At neutral venues (outside India)

Played- 3 | CSK won- 0 | KKR won- 2 | N/R- 1

Average first innings score: 173 (20 matches in IPL 2020)

Record of chasing teams: Won- 7 | Lost- 13

Broadcast Details

Match timings – 06:00 PM local time, 07:30 PM IST

TV – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Select, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 2 HD, Star Sports 1 Select HD, and Star Sports 1 HD Hindi.

Live Streaming – The match can be streamed online on Disney + Hotstar VIP.

The prediction is for Kolkata Knight Riders to win the match.

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Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.

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