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This next match of IPL 2020 is mouth-watering. There is just something about Kolkata Knight Riders vs Chennai Super Kings that makes the heart beat a little bit faster. It may be because these two teams have had some tremendous encounters in the past or maybe because they each embody such a different approach to their teams.
KKR does not shy away from paying millions after the biggest names on the circuit. Their cricket is high-octane and often unpredictable. CSK, on the other hand, believes stability and continuity in selection is everything.
They both come into this match in the middle of the IPL standings. They have won two matches each although CSK has played one match more.
KKR vs CSK IPL 2020 is going to be played at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi on the 7th of October 2020.
KKR has a bit of a break since its last match against the Delhi Capitals. That was a frenetic match in Sharjah that KKR ended up losing but not before it came pretty close to chasing down a mammoth total.
That match has raised some questions about the tactics that KKR is following, in particular, about the role of Dinesh Karthik in the team. Almost everyone and their grandmother want Dinesh Karthik to bat at number 6, below the likes of Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, and Eoin Morgan.
We have to agree but whether Karthik does or wields his captaincy right to try and make a statement remains to be seen.
All things considered, KKR has a match stronger batting lineup than CSK. It has Shubman Gill, Eoin Morgan, Nitish Rana, and Andre Russell all in good form. Russell may not have set IPL 2020 alight just yet but he is striking the ball pretty cleanly.
The opening position of Sunil Narine looks under threat. We think KKR may look to include Tom Banton in the team and give him a shot at giving them better starts. Similarly, they could choose to promote Rahul Tripathi and add Lockie Ferguson to the team instead of Narine.
That would probably require dropping one out of Shivam Mavi or Kamlesh Nagarkoti in place of Kuldeep Yadav.
Either direction would make KKR a much better team than it is now. We have to assume that KKR is going to make the right decisions thanks to the team of analysts that surround them. If they don’t, they are going to continue underachieving in IPL 2020.
Shubman Gill, SP Narine, Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik, Eoin Morgan, RA Tripathi, Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy.
Shane Watson tweeted that the perfect game for CSK was around the corner and he was not wrong. They gave KXIP a beating that they are going to remember for a long time. 178 can be a tricky target to chase but CSK did it without losing a wicket and with 2.2 overs to spare!
CSK is a great team when Shane Watson plays at his best and that is what happened in the previous match. We know Watson tends to start tournaments a bit slower these days but can go on scoring streaks once he is in-form.
His scoring runs, Faf du Plessis in tremendous touch, and the return of Ambati Rayadu make CSK a much tougher team to beat. It does not take away the problems of the middle-order but CSK will be hoping for more runs from the top-order.
If, however, the openers get out cheaply, we think CSK is very vulnerable.
The bowling lineup did very well in Dubai in the previous match. Deepak Chahar got swing, Sam Curran was tidy without being at his best, while the spinners exerted better control in than in the past.
Still, we don’t think Piyush Chawla or even Ravindra Jadeja have suddenly become unplayable overnight. They struggled to bowl their quota of overs and another bad match could around the corner.
Dwayne Bravo is back in the side as Dhoni searches for familiarity once more. We do think CSK could be better served by adding a genuine batsman or bowler to the team but that is not going to happen in this match.
Dhoni is going to do what he does best and follow his gut. It has worked for CSK against all doubters in the past but we are doubtful it will continue to work again.
SR Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, SN Thakur, Deepak Chahar.
The team that wins the toss is going to want to bat first. We have seen batting first be a significant advantage overall but its 3-3 at this venue. As the tournament goes on, the pitches will become slower and favor the teams batting first.
Read our guide on toss predictions to learn how we analyze and come up with our tips.
The pitch at Abu Dhabi has been the slowest out of all the three we have seen in this edition of the IPL. We don’t think that suits any one of the sides particularly although Dhoni becomes much more effective as a captain when his spinners are going their job.
The ball has gripped a bit and the scoring rates have been lesser here than at other venues. Batting first could be a big advantage and a score of around 170 is going to be tough to chase down.
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We are inclined to back KKR at this stage, assuming of course that they make team changes to make themselves better-balanced. If at the toss you find Dinesh Karthik with the same team sheet then looking at CSK might be the prudent move.
A stronger batting lineup, more six-hitting power, and a bowling attack that can be upskilled significantly with a bit of shuffling could help KKR get over the line in this contest.
Bet on the Kolkata Knight Riders to win.
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