Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update – IPL 2020, Match 24

Match Details:

The 24th match of the Indian T20 League 2020 will be played between Kolkata and Punjab at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

This game is scheduled to start at 03:30 PM IST (02:00 PM Local Time) (10:00 AM GMT). 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.

Preview:

With the tournament almost half done, the points table has started to take some shape now. The teams have settled and the first playing XIs have also been drafted. So moving on, the matches are bound to get nothing but more interesting, such as this match which will be played between Kolkata and Punjab. The two teams are, at the moment, somewhat equally placed in terms of their match-winning abilities.

Kolkata so far have been a part of 5 matches and have managed to win three of those. And, thanks to their net run rate, they are placed at the 4th spot in the points table. Their opponents in this match, Punjab have, on the other hand, played 6 matches, but have managed to win only one of those. So, getting past Kolkata would not be an easy task for them in this match.


KOL vs PNJ Match 24 Weather Report:

The weather in Abu Dhabi on Saturday will be clear, with the skies being free from clouds and hence no chance of rainfall. The temperature will be hovering around the 34 degree Celsius mark.

 

Pitch Report:

The pitch at this ground will be favouring the bowlers over the batsmen, and the usual T20 run fest would not be seen here. But, if the result of the previous day game at this venue is anything to go by, the pitch will favour the chasing team a bit.

Average first innings score:

161 (Last five Indian T20 League matches at this venue)

Record of the chasing teams:

Won – 1, Lost – 4, Tie – 0 (Last five Indian T20 League matches at this venue)


Injury and Availability News:

(Will be added when there’s an update)

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KOL vs PNJ Today’s Probable Playing XIs:

Punjab:

KL Rahul (c), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Mandeep Singh, Nicholas Pooran, Prabhsimran Singh (wk), Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh/Deepak Hooda, Mohammed Shami, Sheldon Cottrell

Bench:

Sarfaraz Khan, Harpreet Brar, Chris Jordan, Murugan Ashwin, Hardus Viljoen, Krishnappa Gowtham, James Neesham, Karun Nair, Arshdeep Singh/Deepak Hooda, Jagadeesha Suchith, Ishan Porel, Tajinder Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Glenn Maxwell

Kolkata:

Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Eoin Morgan, Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy

Bench:

Kuldeep Yadav, Sandeep Warrier, Siddhesh Lad, Nikhil Naik, Chris Green, Prasidh Krishna, Lockie Ferguson, Rinku Singh, Ali Khan, Tom Banton, Manimaran Siddharth

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KOL vs PNJ Steal Picks for Today’s 11Wickets Match:

Shubman Gill (8.5 credits) – Shubman Gill has fared well with the bat in this tournament, having scored 163 runs in 5 matches, at a strike rate of 115.60.

Nicholas Pooran (8.5 credits) – Nicholas Pooran has looked to be in good touch with the bat in hand, with 196 runs to his name in 6 matches at a great strike rate of 178.18.

Ravi Bishnoi (8.5 credits) – Ravi Bishnoi in the 6 matches he has played has taken a total of 7 wickets while maintaining an economy rate of 8.13 runs per over.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain Options – Shubman Gill, KL Rahul

Vice-Captain Options – Andre Russell, Eoin Morgan

Suggested Playing XI No.1 for KOL vs PNJ 11Wickets Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – KL Rahul, Nicholas Pooran

Batters – Mayank Agarwal, Rahul Tripathi, Shubman Gill (C)

All-Rounders – Andre Russell (VC), Sunil Narine

Bowlers – Mohammed Shami, Pat Cummins, Ravi Bishnoi, Shivam Mavi

12th Man – Eoin Morgan

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for KOL vs PNJ 11Wickets Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – KL Rahul (C)

Batters – Mayank Agarwal, Eoin Morgan (VC), Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill

All-Rounders – Andre Russell, Sunil Narine

Bowlers – Mohammed Shami, Pat Cummins, Ravi Bishnoi, Sheldon Cottrell

12th Man – Dinesh Karthik


Expert Advice:

While making the fantasy team for this match, you can include four batsmen in your team and the same number of bowlers too. And, for the choice of the fourth bowler in your team, you can go with either Sheldon Cottrell or Shivam Mavi.

Today’s KOL vs PNJ Probable Winners:

Kolkata is expected to win this match.

Note: Updated Fantasy teams and Playing XIs of every match will be provided in our Telegram channel if the information is available.
Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.

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