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.
The Chennai Super Kings were handed their first 10 wicket loss at the hand of their arch rivals Mumbai Indians. Boult (4-18) and Bumrah (2-25) restricted CSK for 114 before Kishan’s blistering 68*(37) took them home with more than seven overs to spare.
Sunrisers Hyderabad registered a crucial win to keep themselves in the hunt for playoffs as they chased down 154 comfortably against the Rajasthan Royals, whose chances are looking bleak now. Pandey 83*(47) and Shankar 52*(51) were the chief architects in the chase as apart from Archer, none of the RR bowlers were penetrating enough.
The two teams who kicked off IPL 2020, Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings, will clash again in match number 41 of the tournament at Sharjah on Friday. CSK beat MI rather comprehensively in the first meeting between the teams this year. However, the fortunes of the two sides have changed drastically since. Chennai are languishing at the bottom of the points table with only three wins from 10 matches. Mumbai, on the other hand, are in the top three with six wins from nine games.
Having handed Chennai Super Kings a seven-wicket defeat, Rajasthan Royals would be hoping for a late revival in IPL 2020. They will take on under-performing Sunrisers Hyderabad in match number 40 of IPL 2020 at Dubai on Thursday. SRH go into the game having suffered a Super Over defeat at the hands of Kolkata Knight Riders, thanks to a stupendous bowling effort by Lockie Ferguson. Despite experiencing contrasting fortunes in their last encounter, both Rajasthan and Hyderabad are aware that their chances of play-off qualifications remain slim. While RR are at sixth position with eight points, SRH are seventh with six points.
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.
Punjab won their third match in a row, after beating the top three teams in the points table - Bangalore, Mumbai and now Delhi. Gayle and Pooran’s brutal cameos and some responsible batting from Maxwell meant that Punjab are still in the hunt for the playoffs race as they jumped to the 5th position in the points table.
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.
Buoyed by the sensational Super Over win over Mumbai Indians in their previous encounter, Kings XI Punjab would me much more confident when they come up against table-toppers Delhi Capitals in match number 38 of IPL 2020 match in Dubai on Tuesday.