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IPL 2020 Match 53 Preview: CSK vs KXIP - Chennai threaten to take Punjab back with them on the flight to India

Gayle and Rahul - KXIP
Gayle and Rahul - KXIP

While Chennai Super Kings have nothing to lose, Punjab have a lot to. A defeat in their last group match will eliminate KXIP from IPL 2020.

LIVE - Chennai Super Kings vs Kings XI Punjab - Match 53

Last IPL 2020 match for CSK

It must be a strange feeling for Chennai Super Kings as they gear up to play their last match of the league. This is the first time that CSK have failed to qualify for the playoffs since the beginning of the IPL, except the two years during which they were suspended.

However, the best that they can do is to finish on a high note. The team is currently with five victories and eight losses from 13 matches and has an opportunity to finish on a respectable 12 points, if they manage to win their last game.

Watson and Thakur can make the cut

Ruturaj Gaikwad has certainly shown the spark that skipper MS Dhoni had talked about and more of the same is expected from the opener. Shane Watson is likely to get a game ahead of Faf du Plessis and a poor show from the veteran Australian all-rounder can mean an end to his IPL career.

This being a day game, the toss will not play that crucial a role, but the team batting first will have the advantage.

Considering that KXIP have some power-packed left handers in their batting line-up, Chennai can go for Shardul Thakur ahead of Karn Sharma. In Ravi Jadeja and Mitchell Santner, they already have two good spin options.

N Jagadeesan has not been able to get a hit in the last couple of games and is expected to be promoted in the batting order.

Punjab to be unchanged

Punjab, despite a hiccup in their last game which broke their winning streak of five matches in the second half of IPL 2020, are expected to go in with the same playing XI.

The only change which can happen is at the top of the order. If Mayank Agarwal is fit enough, he is likely to return to the playing XI.

 Can Gayle go one better?

The heavy dew which set-in in their last encounter against Rajasthan Royals made it very difficult for their bowlers, especially for the leg spinners Ravi Bishnoi and Murugan Ashwin, to grip the ball and the management is likely to show their faith in the team.

Chris Gayle showed a glimpse of his prowess in the last game but was unfortunate to be dismissed on 99. Will the Universe Boss go one better in this game?

Here's the probable playing XI of both teams:

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP)
: KL Rahul(c & wk), Mandeep Singh/Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh

Chennai Super Kings (CSK): Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(c & wk), N Jagadeesan, Sam Curran, Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Lungi Ngidi

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