IPL 2020 KKR vs CSK: Chennai Super Kings after a resurrection in their last outing against KXIP which they won by 10 wickets will take on Kolkata Knight Riders who comes on the back of a defeat.
Tonight will once again be a test for the 3-time IPL champions CSK’s Dads army if they are getting too old or not. Dhoni has often proved critics wrong, will he rise again to prove everyone wrong or otherwise?
CSK started their campaign on a bright note with a win against Mumbai Indians but it went downhill since then with consecutive losses against Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals.
Kolkata Knight Riders, on the other hand had a topsy-turvy journey in IPL 2020, will take on a resurrected Chennai Super Kings in match number 21 at Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
KKR go into the match having succumbed to the Delhi Capitals by 18 runs in their previous encounter despite a late fight back. CSK, in contrast, registered a thumping 10-wicket triumph over Kings XI Punjab.
With four points each, KKR and CSK find themselves jostling for spots in the middle of the points table. Here are three interesting battles that can pan out tonight between KKR’s youth against CSK’s experience
IPL 2020 KKR vs CSK: Shubman Gill vs Deepak Chahar
While Sunil Narine has struggled for runs at the top of the order, KKR seem to have found at least one reliable opener in young Shubman Gill. After failing in the team’s opening game against the Mumbai Indians, he has consistently delivered for the team.
Gill scored an unbeaten 70 in the successful chase against Sunrisers and has followed it up with 47 runs and 28 runs in the last two games. Gill has displayed a compact technique to deal with the pacers in the power-plays, which has been one of the keys to his success.
Like Gill for KKR, Deepak Chahar has been a consistent performer for CSK with the ball. He has run in and maintained a tight line and length, keeping the opposition batsmen on their toes. Chahar has five wickets in as many matches at a strike rate of 22.80 and an economy of under 8.
He has been unlucky as quite a few catches have been dropped off his bowling. His contest with Gill at the start of the innings will be a case of who blinks first as both seem to take a lot of pride in their respective performances.
IPL 2020 KKR vs CSK: Du Plessis vs Shivam Mavi
While CSK have Faf du Plessis who is currently occupying the second spot in the list of leading run-getters with 282 runs against his name. Faf du Plessis scored an unbeaten 87 as he and Watson sealed CSK’s 10-wicket win over KXIP. He needs 21 runs to earn the Orange Cap and he will look to score big and earn that coveted Orange Cap.
India’s U-19’s star pacer Shivam Mavi enjoyed an exceptional spell during KKR’s win against Royals. The speedster shone with the white leather as bowled four overs and picked up two crucial wickets in the form of Jos Buttler and Sanju Samson . The right-armer conceded only 20 runs in his dream spell. For his outstanding performance, Mavi also received the ‘Player of the Match’ award.
IPL 2020 KKR vs CSK: Shane Watson vs Kamlesh Nagarkoti
After struggling for rhythm in the first few matches, CSK opener Shane Watson roared back to form with a typically dominating innings against Kings XI Punjab. He scored a whirlwind 83* off 53 balls in an innings featuring 11 fours and three sixes.
Watson was aided by the fact that Chennai did not have a big score to chase. The veteran batsman, though, deserves credit for hanging in there and playing himself back to form. He will be viewed as a danger-man as far as KKR are concerned.
U-19 star, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, playing his second IPL game against the Royals, bowled just two overs and picked up two crucial wickets of Robin Uthappa and Riyan Prarag in one over.
The duo of Nagarkoti and Mavi, who are two of the most talented young pacers in India picked two wickets apiece and conceded just 33 runs in the 6 overs they bowled among themselves