The 21st match of the Indian T20 League 2020 will be played between Kolkata and Chennai at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
This game is scheduled to start at 07:30 PM IST (06:00 PM local time) (02:00 PM UTC). The game will be telecasted on the Star Sports Network (Available in English, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, and Bengali). Also, live streaming will be available on Disney+ Hotstar.
Chennai are up and running and are now operating at full strength. With Shane Watson back in form, the team looks in a completely different zone than before. Though their position in the table might not suggest this, they’re a team to beat now and this is simply because an in-form Watson is very bad news to other teams. Chennai looked like themselves in their previous 10-wicket win over Punjab and they made a mockery of the 179-run target.
Kolkata, on the other hand, have got some hard thinking to do. Dinesh Karthik has been out of form but he has been coming out to bat ahead of the in-form batsmen . This decision cost him and his side the game against Delhi. The likes of Rahul Tripathi and Eoin Morgan were kept until the end with Pat Cummins coming out to bat before the former.
Karthik has made some questionable decisions as a captain this season, most of which have heavily backfired. He will need to be at his absolute best with his thinking, if he wants his side to beat a dangerous-looking Chennai side.
KOL vs CHE Match 21 Weather Report
Abu Dhabi has been maintaining a sense of uniformity when it comes to the weather. The temperatures for the game on Wednesday will be close to 34°C for most part of the game but will be accompanied by humidity.
The pitch at Abu Dhabi has considerably slowed down but it still remains a fact that once a batsman has his eye in, it is easy for him to rotate the strike and launch those big hits. There has been a lot of assistance for the slower bowlers and one can expect the same trend to continue.
Average first innings score:
169 (Based on the last 5 games)
Record of chasing teams:
Won – 2, Lost – 3
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is an update)
KOL vs CHE Today’s Probable Playing XIs:
Shubman Gill, Sunil Narine, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Andre Russell, Eoin Morgan, Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy
Kuldeep Yadav, Sandeep Warrier, Siddhesh Lad, Nikhil Naik, Chris Green, Prasidh Krishna, Lockie Ferguson, Rinku Singh, Ali Khan, Tom Banton, Manimaran Siddharth
Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Faf du Plessis, MS Dhoni (C) (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, Piyush Chawla, Deepak Chahar
Murali Vijay, Karn Sharma, Josh Hazlewood, Imran Tahir, Lungi Ngidi, Monu Kumar, Mitchell Santner, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, N Jagadeesan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, KM Asif
KOL vs CHE Steal Picks for Today’s 11Wickets Match:
Deepak Chahar (8.5 credits) – Deepak Chahar is one of the best new-ball bowlers going around in the competition and should there be even a slightest bit of wind, Chahar is as potent as anybody. He is a steal for just 8.5 credits and can get you some quick wickets upfront while maintaining a decent economy rate. He has picked up 5 wickets from as many matches.
Ambati Rayudu (8.5 credits) – For just 8.5 credits, Rayudu is a steal, given that he is one of the mainstays of that mighty Chennai batting line-up. He has been in fine form for Chennai and will be critical to their chances of qualification. Rayudu needs to perform if Chennai are to qualify for the playoffs. He has scored 79 runs from 2 innings.
Shubman Gill (8.5 credits) – If Kolkata are performing well in the tournament, a major portion of the credit must go to Shubman Gill. The 21-year-old has been in fine form and has been providing his side with some consistent starts in the power-play. He has matured a lot as a batsman and a testament to that statement is his innings against Hyderabad; where he played the waiting game to win the match for his side. He has 152 runs from 4 innings to his credits.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – Faf du Plessis, Shubman Gill
Vice-Captain Options – Andre Russell, Shane Watson
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for KOL vs CHE 11Wickets Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – MS Dhoni
Batters – Ambati Rayudu, Nitish Rana, Faf du Plessis (C), Shane Watson, Shubman Gill
All-Rounders – Andre Russell (VC), Sam Curran
Bowlers – Deepak Chahar, Varun Chakravarthi, Pat Cummins
12th Man – Sunil Narine
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for KOL vs CHE 11Wickets Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – MS Dhoni
Batters – Eoin Morgan, Shane Watson (VC), Shubman Gill (C), Faf du Plessis
All-Rounders – Sunil Narine, Ravindra Jadeja, Andre Russell
Bowlers – Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Pat Cummins
12th Man – Sam Curran
With a lot of turn on offer, it is advisable to have batsmen who are good players of spin bowling and plenty of bowling all-round options. Big hitters have found success on this ground.
Today’s KOL vs CHE Probable Winners:
Kolkata are expected to win this match.