IPL 2020 – Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders taking place? Thursday 29th October, 2020 – 14:00 (UK)

Where is Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders taking place? Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai

What is the expected weather for Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders? 34c sunny

Where can I get tickets for Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders? IPL 2020 matches will be played without spectators to begin with but the official IPL website will update fans if this situation changes

What channel is Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders on? Sky Sports will be televising this match

Where can I stream Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders? Sky Sports subscribers will be able to stream the match live vis the Sky Go website or app

THE TEAM NEWS

CHENNAI SUPER KINGS

  • Chennai Super Kings have nothing but pride to play for now as they are already eliminated with two games left to play despite winning their last match against Royal Challengers Bangalore in style.
  • They appear committed to given playing time to some of their talented young local players like Ruturaj Gaikwad, Narayan Jagadeesan and Monu Kumar so the likes of Kedar Jadhav, Shane Watson and Murali Vijay are unlikely to feature.
  • They are set to go with three spinners in Santner, Jadeja and Imran Tahir once again as they reverted to their typical style when playing in Chennai and it paid off last time out so they should stick to that recipe here.

KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS

  • It has been a hugely inconsistent edition of the IPL for the Kolkata Knight Riders as they sit on six wins and six losses coming into this penultimate match and they know they simply have to win if they are to make the play-offs.
  • They come off a hugely disappointing eight-wicket loss at the hands of Kings XI Punjab which saw leapfrog KKR into fourth place on net run rate so they need to win this match and ideally in convincing fashion to make up ground on net run rate.
  • There is no update on Andre Russell’s fitness as although he has pulled out of the Sri Lankan Premier League next month, he has yet to pull out of the IPL but it is hard to see them taking the risk on him given how injury-plagued he is so they could well go unchanged here.

THE PREDICTION

Despite already being eliminated Chennai Super Kings produced one of their best performances last time out against RCB as they seemed to relax without the pressure being on them. The pitch also suited them well as it was slow and not dissimilar to Chennai, but this may well be slightly different. They come up against KKR who desperately need a win here. They have responded well to other setbacks in previous weeks and they will have to here after a disappointing loss last time out. All the pressure is on them which is not ideal when their batting and top order especially continues to be fragile, but they have the ingredients to produce here. Expect key men like Eoin Morgan and Lockie Ferguson to produce the goods and inspire a victory over CSK.

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