KXIP vs CSK, Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings: Players to watch out for
In the second match to be held on Sunday, the two bottom teams will face each other in the IPL 2020 points table. Chennai Super Kings (CSK) had a bad dream in the tournament this year, despite winning their opener against Mumbai Indians. Three back-to-back losses have plunged CSK into the final position. Kings XI Punjab are no better and with three defeats in four matches they are on the same points as CSK but have a better run-rate. Incredibly, Punjab have two of the top wicket-taker jointly in Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul as well as Mohammed Shami, but despite their superb individual performances, they have come together as a team. Have failed
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Mayank Agarwal: The stylish right-hander sits at the top of the run-scoring chart with 246 runs in four games, ahead of teammate and KL Rahul by seven runs. Aggarwal already has a century and half-century to his name and he is on a strike of 166.21. He will hope to take this form forward against a lesser team of CSK.
KL Rahul: The Kings XI Punjab captain has scored 239 runs in four matches at an average of 79.66 and a strike-rate of 148.44. Like Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul also has a century and a half-century, but despite all this, his team has only one game so far this season.
Mohammad Shami: India’s fast bowler has been exceptional with the new ball and has taken eight wickets in four matches at an economy rate of 7.86. From the front, Shami is barely fired, but will have to improve his death bowling like the rest of the KXIP bowlers, costing the team dearly.
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Faf du Plessis: The South African team is batting brilliantly for CSK this season. While others around him have failed to leave, du Plessis has been exceptional. The South African veteran has scored 195 runs in four matches, leaving him only behind Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul.
M S Dhoni: Despite his criticism for his slow start, CSK captain MS Dhoni is the second highest run-scorer for his team this season. Dhoni has scored 91 runs in four matches and has been dismissed for a score of only 135.82. The former India captain struggled with the heat in the previous match, but the more time he spends at the crease, his fitness as well as the strike will continue to improve.
Deepak Chahar: This fast bowler has not been in his economical performance but has taken five wickets in four matches. Along with Sam Curran and Piyush Chawla, he is currently the highest wicket taker in the team. After missing a few training sessions before the start of the tournament after testing positive for COVID-19, the right-handed fast bowler is slowly but surely getting to his best.