CSK Ready for Five Consecutive Matches in Dubai

Head coach comments

Mahendra Singh Dhoni batting for India
Head coach Stephen Fleming is eager to capitalise on a six-day break, as the Chennai Super Kings' 2020 Indian Premier League campaign resumes.

Chennai last played on 25 September, losing to the Delhi Capitals in Dubai. On Friday, 2 October, they'll face the Sunrisers Hyderabad at the same venue.

The break came at a good time because the first three games were in quick succession and all games were at different grounds,” Fleming told the franchise's official website.

“So you have to appreciate trying to read conditions, for each game being predominantly the first team to play there was tough. And also coming off a couple of challenges we had off the field, we've used this break pretty well, we got some clarity around what we need to do and have practised very well.”

Earlier in the tournament, the Super Kings played the Mumbai Indians in Abu Dhabi and Rajasthan Royals in Sharjah. Their next five matches will all be played at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium before a return to Sharjah.

“It's very helpful that we can settle in and try and read conditions at one ground and not several,” added Fleming.

“I'm looking forward to putting in a better performance than we did the last time we played at Dubai where we were outplayed by Delhi Capitals. There were a number of areas that we weren't happy with, and we've worked hard on those.”

Bravo and Rayudu Fit to Play

Fleming also confirmed all-rounder Dwayne Bravo and Ambati Rayudu are available for selection. Both had been sidelined by injury.

The Super Kings have won the IPL three times. They lost the 2019 final to Mumbai. The veteran MD Dhoni is their captain.

They are without spinner Harbhajan Singh and Suresh Raina for the IPL 2020. Singh and Raina are among the tournament's most experienced players, but withdrew participation from this season.

This year's IPL is being played in the United Arab Emirates rather than India. It is being hosted without spectators as a preventative measure against the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

The UAE co-hosted the 2014 IPL with India. The tournament was played in South Africa in 2009.

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