The resurgent Chennai Super Kings (CSK) would look to put a stiff competition to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the 21st match of Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. CSK made a superb comeback in IPL 2020 and ended its three-match losing streak, when MS Dhoni led side defeated Kings XI Punjab by 10 wickets in its previous IPL encounter.
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Kolkata Knight Riders, on the other hand, is coming into today's match after suffering a defeat against Delhi Capitals in a high scoring game at Sharjah. KKR may look to change its combination and could replace Sunil Narine with Tom Banton at the top of the batting order. Narine failed to make any impact as an opener in IPL 2020 and it seems as if time to go with regular opener instead of pinch hitter. Banton was brilliant at the top against Pakistan and Ireland for his national side.
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KKR vs CSK playing 11 prediction
KKR tentative playing 11: Sunil Narine/Tom Banton, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (C&WK), Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Kuldeep Yadav/Rahul Tripathi, Pat Cummins, Varun Chakravarthy, Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti
CSK playing 11: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (C&WK), Sam Curran, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla and Shardul Thakur.CSK and KKR positions on IPL 2020 points table:
Knight Riders is at 4th spot while CSK is at fifth position and if either of side win today's match then they can move to third position with six points.
IPL 2020, Match 21: KKR vs CSK Pitch report
The pitch in Abu Dhabi favours pacers and spinners in early and middle overs. The teams would look to explore the conditions. Most likely, they would look to chase.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Dinesh Karthik (C), Shivam Mavi, Tom Banton, Sandeep Warrier, Kuldeep Yadav, Eoin Morgan, Pat Cummins, Sunil Narine, Nikhil Naik, Manimaran Siddharth, Andre Russell, Lockie Ferguson, Prasidh Krishna, Shubman Gill, Nitesh Rana, Siddhesh Lad, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Rinku Singh, Varun Chakravarthy, Chris Green and Rahul Tripathi
Chennai Super Kings
MS Dhoni (C), Murali Vijay, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Dwayne Bravo, Sam Curran, Mitchell Santner, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Piyush Chawla, Monu Kumar, N Jagadeesan, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, R Sai Kishore, Lungi Ngidi and Josh Hazlewood