In the next fixture of Indian T20 League 2020 when Kolkata will face Delhi at Abu Dhabi, they will have to figure out a way to fix their batsmen. The team has won twice in 4 matches but if they want to remain in top standings then they will have to give their best which they certainly have not given so far. Especially Kolkata skipper Dinesh Kartik, who has not been able to show his true talent as well as the teams star batsman Andre Russell.
Whereas in the bowling department the young guns like Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Shivam Mavi are performing decently and are trying their best to keep up with Pat Cummins.
On the other hand, Chennai after losing consistently has made a fantastic comeback in the last match where they earned a 10 wicket victory against Punjab. In a reply to a target of 178 runs made by Punjab, Chennai smashed 181 runs and winded up the game in just 17.4 overs. Both the opening batsmen Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson scored 87* and 83* in just 53 balls respectively. However, their middle order is struggling given that they have spectacular players like MS Dhoni and Kedhar Jadhav. But as we say, as long as Dhoni is there one can never lose hope of winning.
Talking about their head to head matches, both the teams have played 23 matches against each other in which Chennai has quite an upper hand with 14 victories under their belt while Kolkata has won 8 matches. If Chennai’s middle order put just a little more effort then it is going to be very hard for Kolkata to beat them
The players will have to face deadly heat because of the rising temperature upto 37 degree Celcius in Abu Dhabi. The average score on the Sheikh Zayed Stadium has been around 160
Dinesh Karthik (Captain), Andre Russell, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Shubman Gill, Siddhesh Lad, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Eoin Morgan, Varun Chakravarthy, Tom Banton, Rahul Tripathi, Chris Green, M Siddharth, Nikhil Naik, Ali Khan
MS Dhoni (Captain), Murali Vijay, Ambati Rayudu, Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, Kedar Jadhav, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Lungi Ngidi, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Imran Tahir, Mitchell Santner, Josh Hazlewood, Shardul Thakur, Sam Curran, N Jagadeesan, KM Asif, Monu Kumar, R Sai Kishore, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Karn Sharma
Eoin Morgan: Morgan has been performing consistently with keeping up his performance in every match.
Faf du Plessis: The South African hitter is in a different zone altogether with an average of 92 and three fifties in five games.
Dwayne Bravo: You just have to agree that Bravo has been excellent after his return. With a slow pitch like Abu Dhabi, Bravo can be proved deadly for Kolkatas bowlers.