Kings XI Punjab will have to get the better of Chennai Super Kings in match 53 of IPL 2020 at Abu Dhabi if they are to stay in hunt for a play-offs race, which is a rather jumbled up scenario at present. Punjab’s loss to Rajasthan Royals in their previous game has seriously dented their chances of qualification. With 12 points from 13 games, they are not assured of making the top four even if they defeat CSK in the first game of the double-header on Sunday.
Yet another heavy defeat to Delhi, their fourth in a row. Their batsmen struggled for momentum and could only put 110 on the board, which was no challenge for table toppers Mumbai as they steamrolled Delhi bowlers with Kishan leading the way with a fine knock of 72*(47).
With a play-offs berth still at stake, Royal Challengers Bangalore will take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in match number 52 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at Sharjah on Saturday. CSK's last-ball triumph over Kolkata Knight Riders means the play-offs race for the other teams is very much alive with only Mumbai Indians assured of a berth so far.
Defending champions Mumbai Indians, who have confirmed their play-offs berth will be keen to continue their impressive run when they face Delhi Capitals in match number 51 of IPL 2020 at Dubai on Saturday, the first game of the double-header. While Mumbai will go into the match high on confidence, Delhi have a few headaches to deal with as they are on a three-match losing streak. They purple patch during the first half of IPL 2020 now seems like distant memory.
Punjab had put on a total of 185 runs on the board with Gayle falling just one run short of his century. Rajasthan made light work of the chase courtesy a quickfire fifty from Stokes and meaningful contributions from Samson and Smith, thereby ending Punjab’s dream run of five consecutive wins.
A calm Gaikwad’s 72(53) and a belligerent Jadeja’s 31*(11) made sure that KKR’s playoff chances were no longer in their hands, as with this loss, they will want other results to fall their way. Rana batted superbly for his 87(61), but the target of 173 was just not enough for the now spirited Super Kings.
On a high having won five matches in a row, Kings XI Punjab would look to extend their resurgence when they take on Rajasthan Royals in the 50th match of IPL 2020 at Abu Dhabi on Friday. Thanks to their fightback in the second half, KXIP now find themselves at the fourth spot with 12 points from as many matches. Time is fast running out for RR with 10 points from 12 games. They need to win both their remaining games to be in play-offs contention.
Chennai Super Kings may have been knocked out of IPL 2020, but they can still play spoilsport as far as the chances of other teams are concerned. They will face Kolkata Knight Riders in match number 49 of IPL 2020 at Dubai on Thursday. KKR are still in contention with 12 points from as many games, and need to win the next two matches to ensure qualification for the play-offs. CSK are at the bottom of the points table and would not like to finish there. Hence, they have a lot of pride to play for.
Suryakumar Yadav played a responsible knock of 79 from 43 as Mumbai Indians have almost booked their spot in the playoffs. Bangalore were looking set for a 180 plus score at the 15 over stage, but Bumrah pulled back things considerably as RCB had to settle for 165.