Probable XI KXIP v CSK:
CHENNAI SUPER KINGS (CSK):
1. M Hussey 2. B. McCullum 3. S. Raina 4. F. Du Plessis 5. D. Bravo 6. MS Dhoni 7. R. Jadeja 8. R. Ashwin 9. M. Sharma 10. I. Pandey 11. A. Nehra
KINGS XI PUNJAB (KXIP):
1. V. Sehwag 2. M. Vohra 3. G. Bailey 4. G. Maxwell 5. D. Miller 6. W. Saha 7. A. Patel 8. B. Hendricks 9. R. Dhawan 10. S. Sharma 11. A. Singh
Today’s first match of the day will see Chennai Super Kings face off against Kings XI Punjab at Mohali from 4.00 PM onwards. Chennai Super Kings will look to top the table with a win over Kings XI Punjab whereas Punjab would look to end the season with a win. When these two teams met in this year’s IPL edition Chennai Super Kings trashed Kings XI Punjab.
These two teams met in this year’s IPL edition was on 25th April at Chennai. Chennai Super Kings won the toss and elected to bat. Chennai Super Kings innings got off to flying start with Dwayne Smith and Brendon Mucclum scoring 50 off 4.4 over. Rest of the batsmen contributed small runs but crucial runs. Brendon Mucllum scored 66 off 44 balls. Dhoni came and scored 41 off 27 balls to help Chennai post a competitive total of 192 in 20 over. While chasing Kings XI Punjab innings never got to good start and lost wickets at regular intervals and were bowled for 95. The top scorer for Punjab was Murali Vijay with 34. Chennai Super Kings won the match by 97 runs.
Suresh Raina has not been in good form in this year’s IPL edition. He needs to take time and play more balls to get settled. Against Delhi Daredevils he made 11 off 8 deliveries and was dismissed playing a rash stroke. In today’s match he must get form back so that Chennai Super Kings will miss Brendon Mucllum after today’s match so the pressure will be on him to get his confidence back for the big matches.
R Ashwin has been bowling very well in this year’s IPL tournament so far. Despite not having too much target to defend he bowled 4 overs and gave away only 24 runs. Against Kings XI Punjab his form will be vital as taking wickets will help him and the team to get the confidence back before the play off stages begins.
In the previous match against Royal Challengers Bangalore Axar Patel was star performer with bat and ball. While batting his 20 off 15 balls in a rain curtailed match and then picked 2 wickets for 11 runs helped Punjab to win the match. He was adjudged the man of the match. Against Chennai Super Kings he needs to repeat his performance if they have to beat Chennai Super Kings.
Anureet Singh has been the pick of the bowlers along with Sandeep Sharma. In the previous match against Royal Challengers he picked the wicket of Virat Kohli and then dismissed Sarfraz Khan to help Kings XI Punjab consolations win. Against Chennai Super Kings he needs to bowl well and help Punjab get another win before ending the season.