Kings XI Punjab will have to get the better of Chennai Super Kings in match 53 of IPL 2020 at Abu Dhabi if they are to stay in hunt for a play-offs race, which is a rather jumbled up scenario at present. Punjab’s loss to Rajasthan Royals in their previous game has seriously dented their chances of qualification. With 12 points from 13 games, they are not assured of making the top four even if they defeat CSK in the first game of the double-header on Sunday.
Punjab had put on a total of 185 runs on the board with Gayle falling just one run short of his century. Rajasthan made light work of the chase courtesy a quickfire fifty from Stokes and meaningful contributions from Samson and Smith, thereby ending Punjab’s dream run of five consecutive wins.
On a high having won five matches in a row, Kings XI Punjab would look to extend their resurgence when they take on Rajasthan Royals in the 50th match of IPL 2020 at Abu Dhabi on Friday. Thanks to their fightback in the second half, KXIP now find themselves at the fourth spot with 12 points from as many matches. Time is fast running out for RR with 10 points from 12 games. They need to win both their remaining games to be in play-offs contention.
Punjab roared back to the top four of the points table after an easy win against Kolkata. Mandeep’s 66*(56) and Gayle’s 51(29) was too much for the KKR bowlers to handle as Punjab registered their fifth win on trot.
Punjab registered a come from behind victory to win their fourth win on trot and keep their playoff hopes alive. Jordan, Arshdeep gave away only 7 runs in the last three overs and also picked up three wickets apiece as Punjab beat Hyderabad by a slender 12 runs.
On a high having registered a hat-trick of victories, Kings XI Punjab will look to continue their tremendous fight back as they take on Sunrisers Hyderabad at Dubai in match number 43 of IPL 2020 on Sunday. While Punjab stunned tournament favourites Delhi Capitals in their previous encounter, Sunrisers Hyderabad managed to stay alive with an emphatic eight-wicket triumph over Rajasthan Royals in their last match. With eight points from 10 games, both KXIP and SRH face a must-win scenario from hereon to guarantee themselves at place in the play-offs.
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.
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.