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After losing three games on the bounce, Chennai Super Kings will look to rectify things when they take on Kings XI Punjab in Dubai on Sunday evening, and for that, both teams would need some big performances. So, let’s take a look at the top 5 players to watch out for in the game.
Srh are already at an disadvantage as they are batting second on this pitch. A lot depends on Warner and Bairstow now.
Big match coming in our way. This is Sharjah guys. It will be a high-scoring affair for sure. So 200 plus again on the cards?
Sunrisers Hyderabad will also likely miss Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He walked off with injury in the last game and is likely to miss at least a few games, although there's no official word. Huge miss in a ground like Sharjah against Mumbai Indians.
Two-time IPL winning Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir believes current skipper Dinesh Karthik should bat after Eoin Morgan and Andre Russell and also wants Sunil Narine to be be dropped from the top of the order.
Ravindra Jadeja on being the first to score 2K runs & scalp 110 wickets in IPL: "I am humbled to be the only cricketer in the history of IPL to achieve the double. This will only push me to work harder and bring more glory to my country and my team. I hope that my family and the cricket-loving audience are proud of me," Jadeja said in a statement.
Moving on to today's matches. MI vs SRH first. Once again in Sharjah. MI's batsmen will be itching to have a go. Imagine if Rohit Sharma gets going. A century - or much more - could well be on the cards. Expect a promotion for Kieron Pollard too. SRH's only hopes will be on the opening pair. As well as Priyam Garg and Abhishek Sharma played the other day, SRH will still need Warner and Bairstow to fire if they are to out-bat MI in this ground.
"It's great bowling with him (Rabada), really enjoying the time we spend together. Trying to feed off each other, trying to find out what he thinks, what he does and it''s nice to be in the same team with him" - Anrich Nortje. How good have the Delhi pace duo been?!
Former India pacer S Sreesanth has said that Eoin Morgan and not Dinesh Karthik should be captaining Kolkata Knight Riders.Sreesanth's comments have come in the aftermath of KKR's 28-run loss to Delhi Capitals where skipper Dinesh Karthik accounted for just six runs.
Shreyas Iyer after smashing 88 off 38: "It was really necessary for me to take time at the start which I did in the earlier games as well. It was the right time for me to take on the bowlers and then rotate the strike as well after that. Luckily it worked out for me. I know the hard work and the smart work I have put in through my gym sessions, so I wouldn’t say I am a gifted player,” he said in the post match presentation.
A recap of yesterday's double header. RCB beat RR easily in the first game. Delhi Capitals faced a stiffer challenge from Kolkata Knight Riders, but they managed to get through. DC are now in the top of the table with 3 wins in 4 matches.
It's another double header day. Mumbai Indians vs Sunrisers Hyderabad in the afternoon, followed by Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings in the night. MI aim The first two teams have 2 wins each from 4 matches, while the latter two have only one win from the same number of games. MI have a chance to go to the top of the table. CSK have an opportunity to leave the bottom of the table.
MI vs SRH, KXIP vs CSK IPL 2020 Match Day Live Updates: It's time for yet another blockbuster clash between two teams who haven't well in the IPL 2020 so far, but a win in this fixture could certainly turn around their fortunes. In the second match of Sunday, Kings XI Punjab face Chennai Super Kings -- both team at the bottom of the points table. While CSK have totally been off-colour, KXIP have shown in glimpses and should have been better placed in the points table, from where they are now. There will be a few interesting contests to watch out for during the game and Cricketnext takes a look at them.(Mayank Agarwal vs Deepak Chahar): KXIP opener Agarwal is having a dream IPL and has already struck a ton, to go with 89 in the first match. He has attacked the bowlers right from the start of the innings, and that seemed to have worked in his favour. Once again, against CSK hw would like to take charge of the proceedings and put the opposition under pressure. It will be a good battle to watch between him and Chahar, who can really swing the ball both ways. The latter has had decent success this season with five wickets. (Faf du Plessis vs Ravi Bishnoi): The South African batsman, du Plessis has been the lone batting warrior for CSK, while the others have flopped. He has performed well in every match and is certainly their batting mainstay. He has been among the runs and is a contender for the orange cap as well. While the KXIP leg spinner has done reasonably well. He would like to attack against Faf, and get him out early. If he can do that, it could be an advantage to team Punjab. (KL Rahul vs Piyush Chawla): CSK skipper MS Dhoni has used leg-spinner Chawla, well this season. He bowls at the start of the innings, and then sometimes in the middle overs. It will be a good contest between him and KL Rahul, who is in supreme form at the moment and has also scored a ton this season. He would look to attack the spinner, right from the very start.
After losing three games on the bounce, Chennai Super Kings will look to rectify things when they take on Kings XI Punjab in Dubai on Sunday evening, and for that, both teams would need some big performances. So, let’s take a look at the top 5 players to watch out for in the game. KL Rahul (KXIP): Needless to say the KXIP captain is one of their most important players and the side will as always look to him to get their innings off to a flyer. Interestingly, Rahul’s also in a close battle with his teammate and friend Mayank Agarwal for the orange cap and will want to get back in front. Mayank Agarwal (KXIP): In form like his captain, Mayank’s task is pretty simple and that is to score bagfuls of runs at the top of the order. With a century and fifty to his name in four innings, Mayank has so far done what he’s been asked to do and will look to continue it against CSK’s bowlers. Faf du Plessis (CSK): The South African has been among the few bright spots for the three-time champions as he has been among the runs at the top of the order. MS Dhoni will need him to bat long this time round more than ever as they look to turn the tide. A solid knock from him generally goes a long way in securing points for CSK. Ambati Rayudu (CSK): Along with Faf, CSK depend heavily on the Rayudu, who has added responsibility this season due to the absence of Suresh Raina. He’s already got one fifty so far and has also registered a failure against SRH after coming back from injury, something he will be keen to rectify. Runs from him and Faf allow the likes of MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja to be more attacking in the death overs. Mohammed Shami (KXIP): The India quick has come into this year’s IPL with all guns blazing and has been rewarded with wickets for his efforts. With 8 wickets in four games with a strike rate of under 12 makes him a formidable opponent for any batsman. KXIP will hope that Shami can get his yorkers working once again as they look to get back to winning ways, with some help from him.
The pitch at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium has been good for the batsmen so far in the tournament but has also tended to slow down towards the end of the second innings. The average first innings score in Dubai has been around 170 so far but most teams have struggled to chase down that total while batting second. Spinners from both sides will start to take a bigger role if the dew stays away during the evening matches.
Weather-wise, it’s once again going to be a hot evening for the KXIP vs CSK IPL 2020 tie. The maximum temperature is expected to be around 33 degrees with temperature coming down to around 31 degrees by the end of the match. Humidity is expected to be around 55% and dew could become a factor in the match. A wind-speed of around 23kmph is also expected on Sunday evening.
Let's move focus to our next game of the day. Kings XI Punjab will take on Chennai Super Kings in match number 18 of the ongoing Indian Premier League.
Two teams struggling in different ways. One that's failing to close out tight matches. Another that's finding it hard to compete. No. 7 and No. 8. Both with 1 win from 4 matches each. Kings XI Punjab take on Chennai Super Kings in Dubai on Sunday. The winner will feel slightly more relaxed. The loser will feel one step closer to the end.
CSK started their campaign with a win over Mumbai Indians, sending signals that they'll be a tough side to beat yet again. However, things started going downhill quickly. A loss to Rajasthan Royals in Sharjah was followed by further losses to Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad. Having lost three in a row for the first time in many years, CSK find themselves in a hole.
Kings XI Punjab started with a narrow loss to Delhi Capitals in a Super Over before thrashing RCB by a huge margin of 97 runs. However, another tight loss to Rajasthan and a big loss to Mumbai mean they're seventh in the table. It's familiar territory for a team that has often promised a lot but failed to deliver.
Where does one begin. Their spinners are struggling. Their batsmen are struggling, with their intent coming under scanner. The top order is leaving plenty to do for an already struggling middle order. There are question marks over the spots of multiple players, with no readymade replacements available in the bench.
CSK are coming off a loss to SRH on Friday, and have only one day to make a turnaround. They had a six-day break between their previous two matches which helped them get a better combination, but the result is yet to come. They've spoken a lot about momentum from the top order, but they managed only 36 for 3 in the Power Play in chase of 165 against SRH.
They did manage to bring the margin of defeat down to 7 runs, but it was too little too late. Their catching - they dropped two catches - came under criticism from the captain too.
CSK's bowlers did a fairly decent job, despite throwing away the advantage to young Priyam Garg and Abhishek Sharma. They need to step up with the bat though, for that's the area where they're losing momentum.
KL Rahul's men could already be thinking of lost opportunities. They failed to score 1 off 3 balls against Delhi. They lost to RR allowing Rahul Tewatia to smash 30 runs in an over. They bowled K Gowtham to Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya in the last over of the previous game, conceding 25 runs to give MI all the momentum.
Mayank Agarwal has the orange cap, and KL Rahul has promised to snatch it from him soon. Nicholas Pooran is getting among the runs too but apart from that, there's been little from the rest. Glenn Maxwell's poor track record in the IPL has continued, adding to KXIP's woes.
KXIP have struggled in the death bowling too. Rahul completed Sheldon Cottrell's overs quickly against MI, having seen him concede 5 sixes to Tewatia the other day. However, it meant an off-spinner bowling to Pollard and Pandya in the last over. MI smashed 104 runs from the last six. How do they fix this? How do they bring in more balance? That will be the big question.
It's likely that KXIP could bring back M Ashwin against CSK. The legspinner did little wrong but was dropped to accommodate an off-spinner in Gowtham, perhaps also due to his batting abilities. Apart from that, it's unlikely they'll run out of patience with Maxwell already. Jimmy Neesham was expensive, and they could be tempted to bring in Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
WHAT: IPL 2020, Match 18
WHEN: October 4, 7:30PM IST
TELECAST: Star Sports Network
LIVE STREAMING: Disney + Hotstar
Mumbai win the toss and opt to bat first. They are unchanged. SRH have made two changes. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Khaleel Ahmed are out. Sandeep Sharma is in.
Mumbai Indians (MI) will clash with Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in match 17 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 in Sharjah on Sunday afternoon.
A victory will take either team to the top of the table potentially – so plenty to play for and no extra motivation will be needed by either of the units.
MI did a lot of things right in their victory against Kings XI Punjab in Abu Dhabi – the top-order fired – at least most of them – and their two great finishers, Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya provided the kind of flourish at the end associated with their surnames. The only real worry in the batting remains the form of Quinton de Kock – the South African has just managed to score 48 runs in 4 matches.
MI would also be happy to see Jasprit Bumrah find his rhythm against KXIP. He was their best bowler and returned with 2-18 in 4 overs. The Indian pacer had an indifferent start to the tournament not picking wickets and being unusually expensive.
SRH would like to keep their winning streak going after registering wins in their last two matches. They did not exactly have a great start to the tournament with losses to RCB and KKR.
SRH need their captain and premier batsman, David Warner to fire at the top. That they have won twice without him really being at his destructive best is good news for them but they would need their talisman to return to his old ways as the competition gets tighter. The management would be thrilled that Priyam Garg and Abhishek Sharma were involved in a match-changing partnership in their previous encounter that would put less pressure on Kane Williamson in the middle order.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, with the new ball and at the death and Rashid Khan in the middle overs continue to be the two standout bowlers for SRH.
The smaller dimensions of Sharjah could provide a big run feast with some power-hitters in both the line-ups. The likes of Warner, Bairstow, Pollard and Hardik could run riot, beware bowlers!
WHAT: IPL 2020, Match 17
WHEN: October 4, 3:30 PM IST
TELECAST: Star Sports Network
LIVE STREAMING: Disney + Hotstar
Sunrisers Hyderabad – David Warner (captain), Jonny Bairstow, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Priyam Garg, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Abhishek Sharma, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed
Mumbai Indians – – Rohit Sharma (captain), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah