Chennai take on Kolkata in Match No.38 of the Indian T20 League on Sunday, September 26 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Both Chennai and Kolkata would look to continue their winning streak when two of the most in-form sides of the tournament’s second phase lock horns in the first double header on a blockbuster Sunday.
1. Head-to-head record
Chennai have dominated this fixture over the years, winning 15 out of 24 meetings between the two sides. It was Dhoni’s side who went on to win the contest by 18 runs, played earlier this season in April.
2. UAE factor
The two teams had clashed twice at the same venue last year with Kolkata and Chennai winning one game each. Talking about the pitch, both pace bowlers and spinners can have a huge impact in this contest and Kolkata’s bowling attack has been undoubtedly the best in the second half of the league. Kolkata have played both of their matches at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi and have delivered exceptional performance in both the matches. Meanwhile, this will be Chennai’s first match this season at this ground.
3. Form of players
Even though both teams have been stupendous since the resumption of the tournament, Kolkata have a slight edge in terms of recent form as they are coming to this contest on the back of wins over the defending champions. However, Chennai are high on confidence as well. Interestingly, these two teams have won against the same duo of Bangalore and Mumbai in the second half. They will be eager to sustain their winning momentum in this match too.
The match is likely to be a hard-fought contest. However, considering Kolkata’s strong all-round displays so far, the team of the day is Kolkata.