Another point to be noted in this Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 is the third game of the tournament will be played in afternoon where you expect too much heat. Chennai and Punjab will be facing each other in this encounter.

Both the teams got some changes from the last season and KXIP had made lot of them. Punjab will be having a bit upper hand with a better pacers compared to Chennai in a match expected to be played on green surface.

But it’s the first game the both will be playing son both the teams will be eyeing to make a good start along with some positives over the team line-up.

Match Stats:

Indian Premier League – 2014: Match 3 – Chennai Super Kings vs Kings XI Punjab, at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi. April 18, 2014, Start time 14:30 (Local Time), 10:30 (GMT).

Head-to-Head in T20’s:

The Head to Head in the IPL between these two teams have been dominated by CSK who won 8 games out of 12 played. One of those four wins came for KXIP in super over.

Pitch Report: The tournament opener between Kolkata and Mumbai was played on a green pitch which had plenty of carry for the fast bowlers. This match is expected to be played on same surface.

Weather Report: This will be the first among the five afternoon matches scheduled in the UAE, teams should keep an eye on the conditions, especially the heat, given the 230pm start local time.

Teams News:

Chennai have been able to cover batting replacements for the loss of Michael Hussey and spin reinforcements in the form of Samuel Badree. They appear a bit dependent on quick bowlers, but if the pitch for their opening game against Punjab behaves similar to the tournament opener did on Wednesday, with players like Ben Hilfenhaus and young New Zealander Matt Henry can help them.

Chennai Super Kings’ Possible Playing XI:

D Smith, B Aparajith , S Raina, M Manhas, MS Dhoni, D Bravo, R Jadeja, R Ashwin, M Sharma, S Badree / O Henry, Ben Hilfenhaus.

If the surface is expected to be green then it will be a plus point for Punjab. Punjab have often used out at home in Mohali playing on similar pitches, and their new inclusion Mitchell Johnson would be love to bowl on it. In the first game Kolkata began slowly and were able to accelerate late with two set batsmen in the middle. It could be seen what kind of approach Punjab will employ, with the players like Virender Sehwag and Cheteshwar Pujara in the squad.

Kings XI Punjab’s Possible Playing XI:

C Pujara, V Sehwag, G Bailey (Capt), D Miler, M Singh / M Vohra, G Singh / W Saha (wk), G Maxwell / T Perera, M Johnson, M Karthik, S Sharma, P Awana.

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