MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings (CSK) is already out of the Dream11 IPL 2020 Playoffs race after a poor string of performances. However, their role in the tournament is far from over. With no teams guaranteeing a playoffs spot yet, the race has indeed heated up and CSK will be playing a big role in deciding the fate of the Top 4.
Two time IPL winners Kolkata Knight Riders on the other hand have enjoyed a mixed season so far and currently occupies the fifth spot in the table with 12 points from 12 games, just one place below KXIP who has as many points but a better net run rate.
With a lot at stake for KKR, the Purple and Gold army will hope to return with a win when they lock horns against CSK tomorrow. CSK on the contrary has nothing to lose and will try and hurt KKR’s chances if they manage a win.
Here are three reasons why MS Dhoni’s CSK can be a party pooper for the Eoin Morgan led KKR.
IPL 2020: CSK Top Order looks lethal with Gaikwad’s return
The intent to score runs is something that we have missed seeing from the CSK batting lineup. The side has even lost a few un-losable games because their batsmen have failed to get going.
The story, however, was different against RCB as Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad took the game to a confident RCB bowling department. The pair, after a quiet first over, went on the offensive as they put on 46 runs in just 31 balls for the first wicket.
Ambati Rayudu came in after the fall of the first wicket and steadied the chase even further. The pair of Gaikwad and Rayudu attacked the RCB bowlers at every opportunity and constantly hit boundaries. The pair rotated the strike extremely well, and most importantly, ensured that they did not give away too many dot balls.
They put on a partnership of 67 runs that came in just 8.2 overs, which pretty much sealed the match for the Men in Yellow.
Gaikwad went on to score a fine maiden IPL fifty with MS Dhoni at the other end, ensuring that his side got past the finish line with eight wickets to spare.
IPL 2020: How CSK can affect KKR’s Playoffs hopes?
If they win both their remaining matches, they can have similar points as KXIP (if they win both of their remaining matches), MI, DC and RCB (each team wins one of their remaining matches at least). In this situation, the teams with a higher NRR will go through from all the five teams.
If they win only one of their remaining matches then they will have to hope that KXIP also lose one of their remaining matches and if KXIP win all of their remaining matches then they will have to hope that one of DC, MI and RCB, lose all of their remaining matches so in this case, the team with a better NRR will make a place in the playoff as the fourth team.
IPL 2020: Absence of Andre Russel will hurt KKR’s chances and give CSK an edge
Andre Russell who was supposed to deliver the fireworks for KKR in IPL 2020 has fallen cold and the problems have compounded owing to his injuries.
Tied in a precarious situation, the KKR management had to go about their plans without Russell who has kept out of the Playing XI in KKR’s last two fixtures.
After smashing the bowlers all over the park in the previous two seasons, a lot was expected from the Caribbean this season but he hasn’t lived up to the expectations.
The West Indies all-rounder hasn’t been at his usual best as he has struggled to perform with the bat as his scores in the IPL 13 till now read, 11(11), 24(14), 13(8), 2(4), 5(3), 16(10), 12(9) and 9(11). Russell’s absence has taken a hit to KKR’s firepower and will be a big miss against CSK if KKR opts to drop him again.