As we enter into the last week of IPL, it’s Kings XI Punjab taking on Chennai Super Kings at Mohali. Kings XI lost to Kolkata Knight Riders in their last match which was their fourth loss in a row and is out of the race to playoffs whereas Chennai Super Kings had qualified for the playoffs much earlier.
Though the outcome of this match won’t be of much significance still Chennai will be looking to win this fixture and maintain their position on the top of the table whereas Kings XI will also be happy to end this season on a high by winning their last match.
Kings XI Punjab
This season for KXIP was a bit similar to their last season where they got off to good start by winning in the first half but had a steep downfall in the second half. Both their openers have failed to score in their last couple of matches which have been the main reason for their downfall.
Within the powerplay, KXIP bowlers have gone for maximum runs this season at an average of 54 runs in the first six overs. Mohammad Shami has been the most economical bowler for the Punjabi’s so far.
Probable XI KXIP
Chris Gayle, KL Rahul, Mayank Aggarwal, Nicholas Pooran, Mandeep Singh, Sam Curran, Ravichandran Ashwin, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammad Shami, Andrew Tye, Arshdeep Singh.
Chennai Super Kings
Chennai Super Kings have been the most consistent side of this year’s IPL losing only four out of their 13 matches. The strong Indian middle order has been the key to their success. Suresh Raina has been impressive throughout the season and so has been MS Dhoni.
The spin duo of Harbhajan Singh and Imran Tahir have been too deadly for the oppositions especially whenever they played at Chepauk. Deepak Chahar has been the pick of the bowlers for CSK and has been consistently picking up wickets for the team.
Probable XI for CSK
Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni, Kedhar Jadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir.
Dream XI Prediction:
- Wicket-Keeper: Nicholas Pooran
- Batsmen: Chris Gayle, Mandeep Singh, KL Rahul, Suresh Raina(c), Faf du Plessis
- All-rounders: Sam Curran(vc), Ravindra Jadeja
- Bowlers: Mohammad Shami, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar.
Larger boundaries at Mohali brings bowlers into play. The greenish patch on the wicket does help the fast bowlers intially. The averagae score here is 160. The match will be played during afternoon so there won’t be much of dew on the field.
CSK to beat KXIP