“Not a lot to talk about the pitch other than the grass covering that is gone as we are seeing less and less cover of grass now. If you’re batting first for the majority of the games, you’re winning. So, I don’t see that changing. We do have a shorter boundary tonight, there is a 66 metre boundary but we do have a bigger boundary which is like 85-86 metres to my left, straight down the ground not much. I would like to tell you that it’s 21 balls per six here in Dubai, Abu Dhabi 22 balls per six and in Sharjah it’s only 8 balls per six. We are seeing entertainment after entertainment which is so good for this format and there will be more right here tonight.” – Kevin Pietersen
Hello and welcome to the live coverage of Match 18 of the Indian Premier League 2020 between Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings in Dubai.
“Long time back once we lost three in a row. We need to get a lot of things right. It is professionalism. We need to take our catches, not bowl no-balls. Those are the controllables and may be we are getting too relaxed” – MS Dhoni after their third consecutive defeat
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STATS THAT MATTER:
* CSK hold a 12-9 head-to-head advantage over KXIP.
* MS Dhoni loves batting against KXIP, having scored 595 runs in 21 innings at a strike rate of nearly 156, and crossing fifty five times.
Hit hard by a start that least defines them, Chennai Super Kings would be desperate to find answers to their predicament when they take on Kings XI Punjab in an IPL match on Sunday.
So used to be on top of their game in the previous editions, sitting at the bottom of the points table now with three losses in four matches is an unknown territory for the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side.
Nothing has worked for them despite having the resources.
They even made three changes to their playing XI for Friday’s game against Sunrisers Hyderabad but neither comeback of Ambati Rayudu nor the presence of Dwayne Bravo could lift the gloom.
A misfiring top-order, save Faf du Plessis, combined with inadequate run-flow in the middle overs and the habit of leaving way too much for the climax, proved to be their bane in the three consecutive defeats.
They have it in them to turn it around but everything — fielding, bowling and batting — has to come together.
When the result go a team’s way, many of the frailties gets hidden but even the smallest of things get exposed when the opposite happens.
The desperation was palpable on Dhoni’s face after the latest loss.
But the job would be easier said than done since they are up against a side which has been batting well, though results have not exactly gone in their favour.
Skipper KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal have been in top form. But despite scoring in excess of 200 twice, the Punjab side lost those matches because of their limited bowling resources. None, except Mohammed Shami, gives confidence of stopping the rival batsmen.
This is exactly what CSK must look to exploit. They need to get Punjab’s top-order early. Overall, CSK have better resources but they must utilise them to the hilt.