Chennai Super Kings (CSK), who are already knocked out of the playoffs, will face Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the 49th Match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 in Dubai.
The old Chennai Super Kings was seen in the field in their last match against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), but it was too late for them to qualify for playoffs. They ticked all the boxes right and comfortably won the match by eight wickets if they had found that team combination and also the luck, which they were missing earlier, things might have been different for CSK.
Here, let’s take a look at CSK’s predicted XI against KKR:
Against RCB, Ruturaj Gaikwad was the match-winner scoring unbeaten 65 off 51 balls. He was standing until the last ball of the match and took the team across the line. The franchise trusted and backed the youngster as Shane Watson was benched. Although this season has slipped from CSK’s hand, he will look to be consistent in the coming two matches to end the journey on a good note.
Faf du Plessis:
Faf du Plessis has been the leading scorer for Chennai Super Kings this season, scoring 401 runs in 12 matches. But in the last couple of matches, he has lost early wickets which has further created difficulties for them. As the season for CSK has come to an end, he will want to improve his run tally.
When Ambati Rayudu had starred in the season opener match, CSK had felt that they are not going to miss Suresh Raina, but after that match, everything has gone wrong for them. Although he had played decent knocks, they have not been enough to guide them to victories.
After his injury, CSK derailed which added pressure on them. This time the luck has not been with the Yellow army. But he will want to end the season on a good note.
MS Dhoni’s batting performance has gone from bad to worse as the tournament has moved on. With the top-order already suffering, his poor outing has also hurt the team. Against RCB, he finished off the business for the team. He will move on to play a good knock against KKR to improve his record.
As MS Dhoni had promised, the youngsters were given a chance. Against MI, N Jagadeesan got the opportunity to bat, but he was out for a duck. He was retained for the match against RCB but didn’t get the chance to bat. He is likely to be in the playing XI against KKR.
Ravindra Jadeja has also faded away this season. He has conceded away too many runs with his spin bowling although the pitch favoured him. In 12 matches, the spinner has picked up four wickets at an economy rate of 9.26. As far as his batting is concerned, he has scored 201 runs in 12 matches at the strike rate of 162.09.
Sam Curran has been the biggest positive for the Chennai Super Kings. In every match, he has given his best both with bat and ball. But because of franchises’ lower performance, he can not make many headlines. However, he is surely going to play many seasons for CSK.
Mitchell Santner got the first match of the season against RCB, and he picked the maiden wicket of Devdutt Padikkal. The fast-bowling allrounder will be playing against KKR.
Shardul Thakur also had a good season. He picked crucial wickets in crunch situation but unfortunately, Chennai Super Kings could not find a way to victories. As he was rested in the last match, he will regain his spot against KKR, who are eying to qualify for playoffs.
The veteran spinner Imran Tahir was given a spot in the playing XI when CSK had lost hopes of qualifying for Playoffs. He played the first match of IPL 2020 against Mumbai Indians but could not pick wickets. Similarly, in the last match against RCB, he went wicketless.
The speedster Deepak Chahar, who is the leading wicket-taker for Chennai Super Kings, bowled death overs for the first time in the last match. And, it also worked for the team. He picked the wickets of AB de Villiers in the 18th over and Chris Morris in the 20th over.