IPL 2020: Chennai Super Kings have now lost three games in a row.© Instagram
Both Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings have had a bad start in their Indian Premier League 2020 campaigns and will try to turn it around. Both teams have won only one of their three games that started Sunday’s game. KXIP failed to chase a 192-run target in their last game against Mumbai Indians, with their death bowling a particular concern. CSK, on the other hand, is struggling with injuries, but with Ambati Rayudu and Dwayne Bravo back in action, captain MS Dhoni is hoping they can win again.
KXIP has relied heavily on their opening pair KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal so far, while their middle class has not yet fired. Only Nicholas Pooran has impressed, with a 27-ball 44 in their defeat to Mumbai Indians.
And while they got off to a good start with the ball and even done it decently in the middle overs, their bowling at death has been pitiful and Captain Rahul and coach Anil Kumble will have to find a solution to what is their most pressing problem. .
For Chennai Super Kings, the batsmen have to start firing, with only Faf du Plessis being a consistent performer so far.
However, Ambati Rayudu, who won half a century in CSK’s opening game against Mumbai Indians, is back after a minor glitch and will help bolster their at bat.
The last time CSK lost three games in a row was in 2014, and with the team firmly at the bottom of the table, MS Dhoni is hoping for a turnaround sooner than later, thinking perhaps KXIP’s weak middle order and death bowling provides them with the ability to do just that.
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