IPL 2020, Match 53 preview: CSK vs KXIP- Team analysis, along with Fantasy XI
The last double-header of the season will see a clash between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in Abu Dhabi. Currently, CSK are at the bottom of the table, while KXIP are on a vulnerable spot of number five. KXIP would desperately need to win this to stay alive for playoffs.
The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has sailed well and now, it’s just a handful of days away from the playoffs. The last double-header day, Match 53 of the tournament will be held between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in Abu Dhabi.
Though CSK have been quite well-balanced, their performance did not come up as expected. KXIP have skilled players in almost all spheres, who have picked up of late.
KXIP picked up quite late in the tournament and have been in magnificent form since then. CSK also won a couple of matches recently, but it is too late, as it would hardly reserve them a seat in the playoffs.
The teams have clashed on 23 occasions with each other. CSK have won 14 times, while KXIP have won the remaining nine times. In their previous clash in Dubai, CSK won convincingly by 10 wickets.
Weather and pitch report
The weather in Abu Dhabi is likely to be around 31 degrees. The pitch has shown different colours on different days. However, any score around 180, with a couple of decent bowling spells, can make the match competitive.
CSK: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (WK), N Jagdeesan, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Deepak Chahar, Karn Sharma, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir.
KXIP: KL Rahul (WK), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Mandeep Singh, Chris Jordan, Ravi Bishnoi, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammad Shami, Arshdeep Singh.
Dream 11 Prediction
Batsman: Chris Gayle, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ambati Rayudu- Gayle and Gaikwad can give an adequate start, while Rayudu can provide the middle-over consolidation.
Wicketkeeper: KL Rahul (c), MS Dhoni (vc)- The wicketkeeper-batsman are quite experienced, who can adapt well according to the situation. While Rahul can fire with the bat, Dhoni is idea for his works behind the stumps.
All-rounders: Glenn Maxwell, Sam Curran, Ravindra Jadeja- The all-rounders have a way with both bat and the ball in the tournament so far. They can put an adequate show when required. While Maxwell and Curran have been effective with the bat, Jadeja has done it with both.
Bowlers: Lungi Ngidi, Mohammed Shami and Ravi Bishnoi- Spinner Bishnoi can deceive the batsman, while the pacers can restrict the opposition to a chasable total, as all have been performing really well of late.
Players to look out for
Shane Watson: The opener for CSK picked up well in the mid of CSK matches, but has been out of the form again. Though CSK have no chances of making it to the playoffs, still fans will be awaiting a performance from his side.
Glenn Maxwell: The spark from the star all-rounder went missing this season. The team would need a performance from his bat, which might be crucial for them to land up in the playoffs.