It is the 13th match for both these teams in the ongoing IPL season. In the IPL 2020 points table, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently in the 5th position with 12 points (6 wins and 6 loses) while Chennai Super Kings are in the last position (8th position) with just 8 points (4 wins and 8 loses). While it is the must-win game for KKR, CSK have no more chance to maintain their incredible record of finishing in the top four positions at the end of the season.
It is their second meeting of this season. During the 21st match of the IPL 2020, they met for the first time in this season where Kolkata Knight Riders won by 10 runs, which was also their first successful defence against Chennai Super Kings.
IPL 2020, Match 49: Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders (CSK vs KKR) – Toss Report
Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni won the toss and decided to bowl first. CSK made three changes in the playing XI as Shane Watson, Lungi Ngidi and Karn Sharma have been added as the replacement of Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir and Monu Kumar.
Dhoni said, “We are bowling first, bit worried about the dew. We had some dew during practice, so it’s better to bat second with dew around. We haven’t been at our best, that’s the reason we have been lagging behind. Quite a few changes, Faf, Tahir, Monu out. Watto, Lungi, Karn in. One injury and the rest are changes.”
On the other hand, KKR captain Eoin Morgan mentioned their only change in the playing XI as Rinku Singh replaced Prasidh Krishna.
Morgan said, “One change for us, Rinku Singh in, Prasidh Krishna out. Andre Russell is not near fit yet so he misses out today. We can only control what we can do. We have had an up and down season. We are against a good CSK side. Myself and Brendon are all about freeing people”
IPL 2020, Match 49: Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders (CSK vs KKR) – Playing XI
Chennai Super Kings (CSK): Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (C/wk), N Jagadeesan, Sam Curran, Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Santner, Karn Sharma, Deepak Chahar, Lungi Ngidi
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR): Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Eoin Morgan (C), Sunil Narine, Rinku Singh, Pat Cummins, Lockie Ferguson, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Varun Chakravarthy