A revived Chennai Super Kings will hope to keep up their winning form when they lock horns with Kolkata Knight Riders on October 7 (Wednesday) at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. On the other hand, Kolkata will look to return to winning ways after a humiliating defeat against Delhi Capitals.
Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Dinesh Karthik admitted that they need to talk about Sunil Narine’s batting position after defeat in the last match. Narine has been completely out of form and the management might ponder to bring in Tom Banton at the top.
Kuldeep Yadav’s poor run with the ball will also keep Brendon McCullum and management thinking. Kolkata Knight Riders might also think to push Eoin Morgan up in the batting order above Dinesh Karthik to tackle Chennai Super Kings bowlers.
On the other hand, Chennai Super Kings come into the contest on the back of a 10-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad. But head coach Stephen Fleming pointed out that they were being lethargic on the field and need to pull up their socks.
The Super Kings are sixth while Kolkata Knight Riders are fourth with both teams bagging four points. Both teams will hope to secure crucial two points and go up in the IPL 2020 points table.
IPL 2020: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Chennai Super Kings at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium on October 7 (Wednesday) from 7:30 PM IST
The track is likely to be the one that will be used in the clash between Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals. As surfaces get used more and more, expect teams to prefer batting first. A lot has been spoken over the dew but it hasn’t played any part as of it.
Predicted Playing XI
Kolkata Knight Riders: Shubman Gill, Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (c, wk), Eoin Morgan, Pat Cummins, Rahul Tripathi, Shivam Mavi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Varun Chakravarthy.
Chennai Super Kings: Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (c, wk), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, Piyush Chawla, Deepak Chahar
Chennai Super Kings hold an edge over Kolkata Knight Riders in the head to head encounters with 14 wins in comparisons to Kolkata’s eight. The MS Dhoni-led side is still the firm favourites to improve their record later tonight in Abu Dhabi.