Punjab won their third match in a row, after beating the top three teams in the points table - Bangalore, Mumbai and now Delhi. Gayle and Pooran’s brutal cameos and some responsible batting from Maxwell meant that Punjab are still in the hunt for the playoffs race as they jumped to the 5th position in the points table.
Having taken down Sunrisers Hyderabad via the Super Over route, Kolkata Knight Riders will now face a confident Royal Challengers Bangalore in match number 39 of IPL 2020 at Abu Dhabi. The inclusion of Kiwi pacer Lockie Ferguson made a massive difference to KKR’s fortunes as his figures of 3 for 15 stunned SRH. He was unplayable again in the Super Over, cleaning up David Warner and Abdul Samad.
Buoyed by the sensational Super Over win over Mumbai Indians in their previous encounter, Kings XI Punjab would me much more confident when they come up against table-toppers Delhi Capitals in match number 38 of IPL 2020 match in Dubai on Tuesday.
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.