IPL 2020 is not like other seasons. Under normal circumstances, the event is held in India with huge crowds, home-away advantage, fan parks, and double-headers every weekend. IPL 2020 is going on in UAE with its first double-header of the competition is scheduled for October 3 and 4.
Let us look at each match of the 2nd weekend.
Match 15: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals at Abu Dhabi (Day)
Get ready for Virat Kohli vs Steve Smith contest or Aaron Finch vs Steve Smith. Both the teams are at 4 points with two wins and one loss and have the chance of topping the table. The equation is simple, winner gets to the top.
After the IPL, it will again happen Virat Kohli vs Steve Smith but that’ll be India vs Australia contest.
RCB are coming off from their super over win against MI and RR are coming from their loss against KKR.
RCB will be heavily dependent on AB de Villiers, who kept wickets in the last match. Virat Kohli is having a quiet IPL so far with scores of 14, 1, and 3.
RR have the likes of Jos Buttler, Steve Smith, Sanju Samson, Tom Curran, Jofra Archer, and unused David Miller. Samson had the best of the starts of all the players winning two matches for the team and earning man of the match awards on both the occasions.
The temperatures of the game in Abu Dhabi are expected to be on the higher side and the day game will definitely have its toll on players. It will be important for teams and players to consider the temperature-factor in their notes.
Match 16: Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders at Sharjah (Night)
Night game will be a relaxing factor for the teams considering the sun-blistering heat of UAE.
Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at the 2nd and 3rd spot respectively on the points table. Both the teams are at 4 points with two wins and one loss.
DC is coming from a loss against SRH in the previous who were failed to chase the target of 162. Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant are in good nick. They have the likes of power-hitters Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis to destroy any bowling attack, and Kagiso Rabada for cunning bowling to the opposition.
KKR is coming from a win RR. Started the season with a comprehensive loss, KKR bounced back with two solid wins. With the likes of Eoin Morgan, Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, and Pat Cummins, the team is a destructive unit.
Match 17: Mumbai Indians vs Sunrisers Hyderabad at Sharjah (Day)
Mumbai Indians are currently sitting on top of the tree in the race of the playoffs. Both the teams are at 4 points with two wins and two losses.
MI, the most favored team to win the title before the tournament, started the IPL campaign with a defeat against CSK in the opening match of the competition. However, the team had a mixed run so far and has results of L, W, L, W. Kieron Pollard, Ishan Kishan, Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Quinton de Kock, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult are all lined up to win the game for the team.
SRH have beaten CSK to register their second win of the tournament. David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, Kane Williamson, Rashid Khan, their top overseas players are performing for the team.
A first day-game for both the teams will be a test as heat will play its part too.
Match 18: Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings at Dubai (Night)
The bottom two teams of the table. They have just one win and three losses. KXIP could have easily had three wins but a super-over loss and some poor decisions on the field had left them at the second-last position of the table.
CSK has now registered three losses in a row. A team that had qualified for the playoffs in every single edition is struggling very hard. Shane Watson is under great scrutiny as his fringe of runs continues. Their opening combination hasn’t performed well and hadn’t provided them the start they need in order to chase the big targets.
MS Dhoni is known for doing strange things to lift his team and he starts to win the matches if CSK want to qualify for the playoffs this season.
Whoever losses the match, will then have one win and four losses in five matches, which is a tricky situation as the tournament is heading into its third week.