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.
Vengeance of 2017 is what this match is called now. Back then, RCB were skittled for 49 by KKR’s pace attack and this time it was RCB’s turn to return the favour. Mohammed Siraj registered impressive figures of 3-8 as KKR could manage only 84.
Having taken down Sunrisers Hyderabad via the Super Over route, Kolkata Knight Riders will now face a confident Royal Challengers Bangalore in match number 39 of IPL 2020 at Abu Dhabi. The inclusion of Kiwi pacer Lockie Ferguson made a massive difference to KKR’s fortunes as his figures of 3 for 15 stunned SRH. He was unplayable again in the Super Over, cleaning up David Warner and Abdul Samad.
With 35 required off 12 balls, not many would fancy the batting side. But with AB de Villiers at the crease, then the toughest of tasks become seamlessly easy. He carried his team to a fine 7 wicket win as he scored 55 runs in 22 balls, with a four and 6 sixes.
Virat Kohli and Steve Smith, who have often been in the battle for the best batsman of the current generation, will lock horns as Royal Challengers Bangalore face Rajasthan Royals in match number 33 of IPL 2020 at Dubai. RCB are well-placed at number three with five wins and three losses. However, they go into the contest having faltered against Kings XI Punjab in the previous game. Royals, on the other hand, are just above bottom-placed KXIP, with three wins in eight games. They go in having lost to Delhi Capitals twice in a week, the latest being by 13 runs.
Punjab finally got their second win of the season with some solid batting performances from their skipper Rahul and comeback man Gayle, who smashed five sixes tonight. Chahal made things interesting by giving just a solitary run off the first five balls in the final over, but Pooran managed to guide them home.
Chris Gayle is all set to play his first match for Kings XI Punjab this season, and the struggling franchise would hope that his return can change the fortunes of the team for better. Punjab will have a tough task on hand when they face an in-form Royal Challengers Bangalore in Sharjah on Thursday. While Punjab have only won one out of seven games as they have failed to finish off matches, RCB are in the top half of the points table with five victories from seven games.
AB de Villiers tore apart the KKR bowling lineup with 6 sixes and 5 fours in his knock of 73 and Chahal, Sundar kept things tight with the ball as RCB dominated the game. With five wins out of seven, Bangalore are now tied with the top two sides Mumbai and Delhi, and are only separated by net run rate.