Having suffered back-to-back defeats against Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi Capitals will be keen to seal their play-offs berth when they face Sunrisers Hyderabad in match number 47 of IPL 2020 at Dubai on Tuesday. Despite the two losses, Delhi are comfortably placed with 14 points from 11 matches. Sunrisers Hyderabad, on the other hand, dealt their chances a major blow by failing to chase down 127 against Kings XI Punjab. With eight points from 11 matches, their chances of progressing to the play-offs are wafer thin.
Punjab roared back to the top four of the points table after an easy win against Kolkata. Mandeep’s 66*(56) and Gayle’s 51(29) was too much for the KKR bowlers to handle as Punjab registered their fifth win on trot.
With not much to lose, CSK played freely today, and as a result walked away with a comfortable win over RCB, who would have hoped to top the table after winning. Gaikwad 65*(51) and Rayudu 39(27) starred with the bat as CSK chased down 145 with 8 balls to spare.
Bottom-placed Chennai Super Kings will face in-from Royal Challengers Bangalore in match 44 of IPL 2020 at Dubai, in the first game on Sunday. CSK have had a horrible run in IPL 2020 with only three wins from 11 matches, and look set to miss the play-offs for the first time in IPL history (notwithstanding their suspended years). RCB, in complete contrast, have 14 points from 10 games, and trail Mumbai and Delhi only the basis on net run-rate.
Punjab registered a come from behind victory to win their fourth win on trot and keep their playoff hopes alive. Jordan, Arshdeep gave away only 7 runs in the last three overs and also picked up three wickets apiece as Punjab beat Hyderabad by a slender 12 runs.
The Kolkata Knight Riders put up a massive score of 194 courtesy a measured 81 by Rana and a quickfire 64 by Narine. Varun Chakravarthy spun a web around the DC’s middle order as he registered his career best figures of 5-20.
On a high having registered a hat-trick of victories, Kings XI Punjab will look to continue their tremendous fight back as they take on Sunrisers Hyderabad at Dubai in match number 43 of IPL 2020 on Sunday. While Punjab stunned tournament favourites Delhi Capitals in their previous encounter, Sunrisers Hyderabad managed to stay alive with an emphatic eight-wicket triumph over Rajasthan Royals in their last match. With eight points from 10 games, both KXIP and SRH face a must-win scenario from hereon to guarantee themselves at place in the play-offs.
Second-placed Delhi Capitals will look to get back on the winning track when they face fourth-placed Kolkata Knight Riders in the 42nd match of IPL 2020 at Abu Dhabi on Saturday. Well placed with 14 points from 10 matches, Delhi came up with a half-hearted effort against the ever-improving Kings XI Punjab in their previous encounter to go down by five wickets. Their opponents for Saturday, Kolkata Knigh Riders, also have plenty of work to do, as they were hammered by eight wickets by Royal Challengers Bangalore at the same venue where they will face Delhi.