KXIP vs CSK: Things are getting interesting. We’ve seen Kolkata Knight Riders defeat Punjab at their very own den, which added a massive boost to their playoff hopes. Delhi, on the other hand, managed to defeat Rajasthan comfortably playing home.
Chennai, on one hand, would like to finish in the top 2, and go to playoffs on a high. Punjab, on the other hand, would not just like to win it tomorrow against Chennai but would need to win it big to correct their net run rate to have a very very faint chance to qualify for the playoffs. Doesn’t look likely though, especially considering their net run rate of -0.351.
CAN KXIP GO THROUGH?
They are a lot dependant on the RCB vs SRH game, basis which their fate would be decided. If SRH win it tonight, Punjab would be straight out and Kolkata Knight Riders would need to win it big against Mumbai on the night of 5th May.
The biggest factor here is Sunrisers Hyderabad and their very positive net run rate. Also, the recent defeat against Mumbai which went to the super over, being a tie didn’t affect it much. They are still sitting pretty at the 4th spot with a very positive net run rate of +0.653.
With Rajasthan now out of the race after the Delhi bashing and Punjab virtually out (considering their poor net run rate and further playing against the table toppers), it’s only Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers clearly in the race for the 4th spot.
Kings XI Punjab, however, would love to end their campaign on a high pleasing their home fans. Furthermore, because an RCB victory against SRH tonight and CSK victory against Punjab tomorrow, would mean Punjab would finish at the bottom of the table. No escape from that for R. Ashwin! He can’t ‘Mankad’ his way out this time.
A win tomorrow against CSK (considering it’s a close game) may mean, they can finish positively at the 6th spot.
Interesting 3 games ahead. As always, goes down the wire.
IPL, you beauty!
When: 05th May 2019, Sunday
Where: IS Bindra Stadium, Punjab
Kick-Off Time: 4:00 PM IST
A pitch which offers a lot to its seamers. Fast, bouncy, high-scoring. Can expect it all. Spinners have been fairly successful on this track in the past too. Perhaps a lot to do with the long boundaries, where spinners can get very tough to hit.
If Punjab win the toss, they would like to chase so that they have a clear target and the number of deliveries they’d need to chase it down in.
TEAM NEWS (PREDICTED XI)
KINGS XI PUNJAB
Chris Gayle, Lokesh Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran(wk), Mandeep Singh, Sam Curran, R Ashwin (c), Andrew Tye, Mohammed Shami, M Ashwin, Arshdeep Singh
CHENNAI SUPER KINGS
Faf Du Plessis, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (c/wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir
HEAD TO HEAD
Matches Played b/w each other: 21
Kings XI Win: 8 (2 in Mohali)
CSK Win: 13 (3 in Mohali)
The first encounter between the two teams was won by Chennai Superkings.
- CHINNA THALA, SURESH RAINA!
Amassed 761 runs in 22 innings against Kings XI Punjab at an average of 42 and at a strike rate of 152 (His highest against any other team). His only century came against this very team.
Is returning fresh from a brilliant 59 in the last game, now would love to take on the Punjab bowlers.
- CHAMPION AGAINST PUNJAB
With 22 wickets from 15 games, Bravo has the best average against Kings XI Punjab.
Also managed to take a 4/22 against Punjab on this very ground a couple of years ago.
- KL RAHUL AND CSK? NOT A GREAT LOVE STORY
KL Rahul is now sitting pretty at the 2nd spot in the race for the Orange cap. However, has no encouraging record against Chennai.
Of the 6 games that he has played against them, he has managed to score just 129 runs at an average of 25.8.
We know he’s better than this. Will he rise up to the occasion.
FANFIGHT FANTASY CRICKET TEAMS FOR KXIP vs CSK
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Match Timings – 16:00 IST
The prediction is for the Chennai Superkings to win the match.
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