Chennai Super Kings- CSK will definitely want maintain their winning streak when they meet with the Kings XI Punjab in the 12th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Sunday. This will be the third game for both the teams.
The CSK has won two out of two and both of them were nail biting finishes whether it was the opening match of the tournament against defending champions Mumbai Indians or with the Kolkata Knight Riders at M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai which CKS again won with 1 ball to go but this time they chased a big total.
|7-Apr-18||MI v CSK||Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai||CSK won by 1 Wkt|
|10-Apr-18||CSK v KKR||M.A.Chidambaram Stadium Chennai||CSK won by 5 wkts|
For CSK Dwayne Bravo and Sam Billings are in prime form. Moreover the batting strength of team is to its roots. CSK has likes of Suresh Raina, Shane Watson, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu and captain cool MS Dhoni.
The bowling department is studded by quality spinners likes of Harbhajan Singh and Imran Tahirs well supported by all rounders like Ravinder Jadeja , Suresh Raina and Shane Watson
On the contrary, Kings XI Punjab have won one game against Delhi Daredevils and lost one against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Ashwin will be leading his team for win against the team of which he was a key member for long time. It will be a Interesting contest to watch.
KXIP Player KL Rahul registered fastest fifty in the history of IPL in opening match for his team, justifying the franchise selectors for spending whopping amount of Rs 11 crore on him.
In next game against Royal Challengers Bangalore he smashed 47 runs of just 30 balls but his team lost wickets in quick succession and could not built up big score after foundation laid by openers and team just managed modest total of 155 all out on the board.
|8-Apr-18||DD v KXIP||PCA Stadium, Mohali||KXIP won by 6 wkts|
|13-Apr-18||RCB v KXIP||M.Chinnaswamy Stadium Bengaluru||RCB won by 4 wkts|
Positive sign for KXIP is that the skipper is leading from the front he is in good form whether its bowling or batting. But start batsman Yuvraj Singh has failed in both the matches which is a bit of concern in KXIP dug out. He has scored just 16 runs in both
In the batting department, there are high expectations from Aaron Finch, who was unavailable for the opening match, but failed with the bat against RCB.
Punjab’s bowlers are doing a fine job with 17-year-old spinner Mujeeb-ur-Rahman surprising the batsmen with his unusual deliveries. Apart from Ashwin, Mohit Sharma, Mujeeb, Axar Patel and Andrew Tye add depth to Punjab’s bowling attack.
Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (capt), Ravindra Jadeja, Faf du Plessis, Harbhajan Singh, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif, Kanishk Seth, Lungi Ngidi, Dhruv Shorey, Murali Vijay, Sam Billings, Mark Wood, Kshitiz Sharma, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur, N Jagadeesan
Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Aaron Finch, Chris Gayle, Yuvraj Singh, Karun Nair, David Miller, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin (captain), AJ Tye, Mohit Sharma, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Pardeep Sahu, Ben Dwarshuis, Akshdeep Nath.