The two bottom placed sides, Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab, will look to climb up the ladder and find some stability to their campaign when they square off against each other at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Kings XI Punjab must be scratching their heads wondering what is going wrong for them. They have the tournament’s top two run-scorers in their ranks. They have tournament’s leading wicket-taker in their bowling attack. Yet, somehow, they are right at the bottom end of the table. For Chennai, things are way more gloomier. They just do not have any option to turn to. They have to get things going with the current lot itself. The KXIP vs CSK My11Circle Prediction remains hinged on how each side's bowling performs. The side that does manage to show some spine with the ball, will expectedly come out on top.
Match 18, IPL 2020
Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings
Sunday 4 October, 7:30 PM IST
TV: Star Sports
Live Streaming: Hotstar App
The presence of Jimmy Neesham in Kings XI Punjab's Playing 11 has become a mystery now. There is absolutely no logical explanation that justifies his inclusion to keep out Mujeeb-ur-Rahman, Hardus Viljoen, or Chris Jordan. We do expect Mujeeb to start today though ahead of Jimmy Neesham. Problem for Punjab is also the failure of Glenn Maxwell, leaving their entire middle-order hapless.
KXIP Predicted XI
KL Rahul (C & WK)
Chris Jordan/Mujeeb ur Rahman
Chennai Super Kings have trouble everywhere in their line-up. This definitely is not the 11 they would see winning the title, at least not with the kind of form they are in. Despite that, Chennai have simply no options to make any changes and are likely to persist with the same playing 11.
CSK Predicted XI
MS Dhoni (C & WK)
Faf du Plessis
Let's look at the IPL 2020 KXIP vs CSK My11Circle Prediction now followed by a few stats and observations explaining each pick
WK: MS Dhoni, KL Rahul (C), Nicholas Pooran
BAT: Ambati Rayudu, Faf du Plessis, Mayank Agarwal
ALL: Dwayne Bravo, Sam Curran
BLR: Sheldon Cottrell, Mohammad Shami, Ravi Bishnoi
SUBS: Sarfaraz Khan(S4), Shane Watson(S3), Chris Jordan(S2), Ravindra Jadeja(S1)
With Nicholas Pooran listed as a wicket-keeper, we have picked up three wicket-keepers including him, Dhoni, and KL Rahul. Looking at the kind of form he is in, we’ve made KL Rahul our captain for KXIP vs CSK My11Circle Team. He has scored 239 runs in just 4 games, and is currently the second highest run-scorer of the tournament. Dhoni has managed 91 runs and has looked good in whatever balls he has played. Pooran scored 44 off 27 in the last game, and his brute strength can prove to be crucial for Punjab with the bat today.
Not a batting paradise this, but definitely not a place where there will be no runs. Ambati Rayudu faltered on his return and just managed 8 runs with great struggle. He, however, will be the key for Chennai Super Kings in their middle-order. Mayank Agarwal is the current Orange Cap holder with 246 in just 4 innings. He is likely to continue his good run of form against a feeble looking CSK line-up. Faf du Plessis has been the silver lining in CSK's dark clouds this season, scoring 195 runs in just 4 innings.
Dwayne Bravo and Sam Curran are going to be the key with the ball for CSK. Sam Curran has been on the expensive side, but has managed to pick up 5 wickets so far. Dwayne Bravo was economical in the last game, and will be the key in the death overs. Both might as well have a say with the bat in KXIP vs CSK My11Circle Prediction.
Barring that 30-run over against Rajasthan Royals, Sheldon Cottrell has bowled sensationally well, picking up 6 wickets. Mohammad Shami is tied with Kagiso Rabada for the Purple Cap with 8 wickets to his name. Ravi Bishnoi, as we said at the very start of this season, is a star in the making, boasting of an impressive economy rate of 7.81, having bowled once at Sharjah as well.
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