KXIP need a victory to stay alive in the competition.
Last updated : 31st oct,2020. 11:42PM
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) made a stupendous comeback in the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL), winning five matches in a row after only a solitary victory from their first seven matches. However, despite their impressive run, KL Rahul and Co find themselves in a bit of a hole as far as making the playoffs are concerned.
They will next be facing Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Sunday, November 1. It’s a must-win game for them at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. If they lose their last league game, they stand a chance of being eliminated.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch in Abu Dhabi has been an absolute belter for batting and the bowlers have had to strain in order to find success. From the last few games, not many wickets have gone down and teams, batting second have tasted quite a bit of success.
The conditions will be warm and sunny with the temperature around the 31 degrees Celsius mark. The humidity will mostly be in the 30s.
Playing Combinations for CSK vs KXIP
Chennai Super Kings
Shane Watson, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (C & WK), Sam Curran, Ravindra Jadeja, Narayan Jagadeesan, Mitchell Santner, Karn Sharma, Deepak Chahar, Lungi Ngidi
Kings XI Punjab
KL Rahul (C & WK), Mandeep Singh, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh
Probable Top Performers for CSK vs KXIP
Ruturaj Gaikwad– Chennai Super Kings
Ruturaj Gaikwad didn’t have a great start to the season. After recovering from COVID-19, he managed a couple of ducks to begin his IPL career and lost his place in the team as well.
But in the last two matches, the youngster put his best foot forward. He was on top of his game against KKR, scoring 72 runs before Pat Cummins dismissed him. He also got the Player of the Match award.
Chris Gayle– Kings XI Punjab
Chris Gayle has been on song ever since he made Punjab’s playing eleven from their eighth game onwards. He also became the first batsman to smash 1,000 sixes in his T20 career, showing his class and calibre.
In six games, he has 276 runs at an average and strike-rate of 46 and 144.50 respectively. In the last game against Royals, he scored 99 and then got out to pacer Jofra Archer.
CSK vs KXIP Head to Head
Played- 23 |CSK won- 14 | KXIP won- 9 | N/R- 0
At neutral venues (outside India)
Played- 4| CSK won- 3 | KXIP won- 1 | N/R- 0
Average first innings score: 166 (18 matches in IPL 2020)
Record of chasing teams: Won- 10 | Lost- 8
Match timings – 02:00 PM local time, 03:30 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.