After three supers overs in the previous day, we had a rather mundane game at our hands as CSK could manage only 125 on two paced pitch in Abu Dhabi. Even though Rajasthan were rocked early, Buttler and Smith combined to make light work of the chase.
A thriller, a nail biter, a humdinger - call it whatever you want. We experienced some unprecedented situations as not only the match was tied, but the super over was also tied and we had another super over to decide the winner. Eventually, it was Punjab who managed to get over the line as they edged past RR and CSK to reach the 6th spot on the points table.
Struggling to find consistency, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals will take on each in match number 37 of IPL 2020 at Abu Dhabi on Monday. Both CSK and RR are in a similar situation having won only three out of nine matches. Chennai are placed ahead of Rajasthan only on the virtue of a better run rate. Further, both sides go in having lost their previous match. CSK went down to favourites Delhi Capitals by five wickets while Rajasthan were undone by Royal Challengers Bangalore by seven wickets. Neither side can afford to slip from here.
It will be the battle of contrasting fortunes when Mumbai Indians take on Kings XI Punjab in match number 36 of IPL 2020 at the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday. With six wins in eight matches, including the last five in a row, Mumbai are well on their way to progress to the play-offs. KXIP, in contrast, have been below ordinary despite their openers skipper KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal being the top two run-getters in IPL 2020 so far. They would be glad to have broken the losing jinx against RCB though, the only team they have beaten in this year’s edition so far
We witnessed yet another thriller featuring the Delhi Capitals as they rolled past the Chennai Super Kings to top the points table. Chasing 180, Dhawan batted through while getting a century, but it was Axar Patel who smashed three sixes in the final over to guide them home.
Despite the change in leadership, there was not much improvement in Kolkata Knight Riders’ performance as they went down to Mumbai Indians by eight wickets in their previous encounter. Of course, it will be unfair to expect miracles from Eoin Morgan as he took over the reins from Dinesh Karthik the day KKR were to face Mumbai. Sunrisers Hyderabad too would be worried after two losses in a row. They just haven’t been able to find the desired consistency this season, owing to some form issues combined with injury problems.
Delhi Capitals will look to carry on their good form when then take on an inconsistent Chennai Super Kings in match number 34 of IPL 2020 at Sharjah in the evening game of the Saturday double-header. Delhi are one of the favourites to win the tournament, and are currently placed second with 12 points from eight games. CSK, on the other hand, are somehow hanging on, having registered three wins in eight matches. Every defeat from hereon will only take Chennai closer to the exit door.
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.
The Mumbai Indians put up an allround show to easily romp all over Kolkata with 7 wickets in hand. With the ball, Chahar and Bumrah were impressive and later de Kock seamlessly batted through to take Mumbai to the top of the points table.