The teams of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) will face each other on Sunday in the 18th match of the 13th season of IPA. This match will be played in Dubai from 7.30 pm Indian time. Accustomed to being on top in their game in the previous stages, the Chennai team is now at the bottom of the points table after three defeats in four matches and it is a completely different situation for the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led team. CSK vs KXIP match preview…
CSK vs KXIP: What the figures say ..?
Talking about IPL records, there have been 21 matches (2008-2019) between Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab. Chennai has won 12 matches and Punjab has won 8 matches, while a match tie in 2010 was won by Punjab in the Super Over. That is, Chennai is ahead 12-9. Despite good players, nothing is working for CSK. He made three changes in the XI in the match against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Friday.
The return of Ambati Rayudu and the presence of Dwayne Bravo also could not win the team. Barring Faf du Plessis, he suffered three consecutive defeats due to his lack of top order and a slow run pace in the middle overs, and a habit of giving up more runs for the end of the match. The team has the power to make a comeback, but fielding, bowling, and batting all have to be the best in the department together.
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Necessary for both teams to win the match
When the results are in favor of the team, a lot of weaknesses are covered up, but when this does not happen, then small things also appear clear. After the third defeat, Dhoni’s face could be read clearly. Dhoni said, ‘We had lost three matches in a row a long time ago. We need to make a lot of things right. This is a professional attitude. We have to catch catches, no balls. These things can be controlled and perhaps we are getting too relaxed.’ Chennai will need one of its top-order batsmen to score runs on the board and also take care of the run-rate of the middle overs. If this happens, it will help Dhoni to get a grip.
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KXIP in excellent form
Kings XI Punjab captain KS Rahul and Mayank Agarwal are in excellent form. The Punjab team, despite scoring more than 200 runs twice, has lost it due to its limited bowlers. Apart from Mohammed Shami, no other bowler was successful in stopping the batsmen of the opposition team. Chennai Super Kings should try to take advantage of this and they should cover the Punjab top order quickly.
The teams are as follows –
Chennai Super Kings
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain, wicketkeeper), Murali Vijay, Ambati Rayudu, Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, Kedar Jadhav, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Lungi Nagidi, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Imran Tahir, Mitchell Sentner, Josh Hazlewood, Shardul Thakur, Sam Curren, N Jagadishan, KM Asif, Monu Kumar, R Sai Kishore, Rituraj Gaikwad, Karn Sharma.
Kings xi Punjab
KL Rahul (Captain), Mayank Agarwal, Sheldon Cottrell, Chris Gayle, Glenn Maxwell, Mohammed Shami, Mujib ur Rehman, Karun Nair, James Neesham, Nicholas Pooran, Ishaan Porel, Arshadip Singh, Murugan Ashwin, Krishnappa Gautam, Harpreet Brar, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Ravi Bishnoi, Simran Singh, Jagdish Suchit, Tajinder Singh, Hardas Willogen.