Match 25 of the Indian T20 league is a much-anticipated clash between Chennai and Bangalore, the second match of the doubleheader Saturday, at the Dubai International Stadium.
Dhoni vs. Kohli. De Villiers vs. Du Plessis. Finch vs. Watson. Arguably the biggest clash in the Indian T20 league.
The start has been less than ideal for these two sides as they sit in the bottom half of the points table. Bangalore have three wins and two losses but the manner of these losses is a point of concern. On the other hand, Chennai have already lost four out of their six games. They look short on confidence and unsure of their best XI after these many matches.
D Padikkal has been the most consistent in Bangalore’s line-up consisting of the likes of Finch, Kohli, and De Villiers. That tells a lot about the youngster and the scope for improvement for Bangalore. M Ali played his first game of the season in the last match and did reasonably well. C Morris is expected to be fit and, with Y Chahal, will have the job of restricting the Chennai batsmen.
Chennai lost chasing Kolkata’s target in their last game. This was the fourth match where they failed to chase down a par total. Despite their 10-wicket win over Punjab, questions remain on the ability of this line-up to chase.
S Curran has been doing good, picking up valuable wickets and pinch-hitting some quick runs. D Bravo also picked up his first wickets of the season and will be an important bowler in this match.
If you look at the head-to-head record of the two teams, signs are good for Chennai as they have dominated this clash historically. Out of 25 matches, they have won 16 games compared to Bangalore’s eight. However, Bangalore were able to stop Chennai’s winning streak at seven with a thrilling 1-run victory last year.
With two valuable points up for grabs, both teams will hope to put their best foot forward at Dubai.
- Match: Chennai vs. Bangalore, Match 25
- Venue: Dubai International Stadium, Dubai
- Date & Time: Oct. 10, 2020, at 7.30 PM IST
Probable Playing 11
S Watson, A Rayudu, F du Plessis, K Jadhav, M Dhoni (C & WK), R Jadeja, S Curran, D Bravo, K Sharma, D Chahar, S Thakur
A Finch, D Padikkal, V Kohli (C), AB De Villiers (WK), M Ali, S Dube, W Sundar, I Udana, M Siraj, N Saini, Y Chahal
A good batting track awaits the two sides on Saturday evening, with the average first innings score in Dubai being 190. There is ample help on offer for the bowlers although the batsmen have made good use of the conditions at this venue.
The spinners have extracted some turn off the surface and their overs in the middle phase will be crucial in the game. Both teams are likely to bat first on winning the toss despite the possibility of dew playing a part later in the game.
Anything above 170 should be a good score with the pitch conditions unlikely to change much during this game.
- S Watson has scored back-to-back fifties and is back in form. Chennai will need him to fire in this match.
- In the absence of Raina, Rayudu’s role becomes more crucial for the team. He would like to match his performance in the first match of the tournament, in which he scored 71 runs.
- D Chahar has got some swing early in the power play overs and will look to pick up wickets upfront to put pressure on a less experienced middle order of Bangalore.
- D Padikkal already has 3 fifties in the five matches he has played so far. And it’s not a coincidence that Bangalore has won all the three games and lost the other two comprehensively.
- A Finch is known to score big in this format of the game. With just one fifty in the tournament so far, he would like to score big and put pressure on the Chennai bowlers from the start.
- Y Chahal has 8 wickets in the tournament and has been instrumental in the bowling department for Bangalore. With the struggles Chennai had against Kolkata’s spin bowlers, he would be relishing an opportunity to bowl to the Men in Yellow.
Howzat Dream Team
- Wicketkeeper: AB de Villiers
- Batsmen: S Watson, A Rayudu, A Finch, D Padikkal
- All-rounders: D Bravo, S Curran, W Sundar
- Bowlers: D Chahar, M Siraj, Y Chahal
- Captain: AB de Villiers/A Rayudu
- Vice Captain: Y Chahal/D Chahar
NOTE: The Howzat dream team above is just a suggestion. You can select your own fantasy cricket team by using your knowledge of cricket. Also, don’t forget to make any necessary changes to your team once the actual playing 11 is announced by each team (30 minutes before the start of the match) as some players you have selected might not be part of the playing 11.