Man of the Match: Harbhajan Singh
Clash of the Kings in Chennai
Our prediction is Chennai Super Kings will win the match!
Chennai Super Kings winning streak was halted last match by the Mumbai Indians after they lost the match by 37 runs. Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu are struggling to find form and early wicket of them is a big concern for CSK team. Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni are playing well and are batting stalwarts in the CSK`s middle order. Kedhar Jadhav put up lone fight scoring his first fifty in CSK jersey last match.
CSK is not able to control the run flow in the death overs especially. Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur and Mohit Sharma gave away almost 70 runs in the final 4 overs last match. Spinners Imran Tahir and Ravindra Jadeja provide excellent control in middle overs and keep on taking regular wickets.They might give either Faf Du Plessis or Scott Kuggleijn some match time in their playing XI.Spinners are expected to play a key role in this match owing to conditions.
Kings XI Punjab have won their last match with a spectacular comeback taking 7 wickets for just 8 runs against Delhi Capitals. Lokesh Rahul is not at his destructive best and has only lone 50 + score in 4 matches. Sam Curran was a welcome addition to the team proving him with both bat and ball. Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, David Miller and Mandeep Singh all look in good touch and are consistently playing important cameos in the middle order. Hardus Viljoin combines with Mohammed Shami and form an excellent pace combination. sam Curran took a hat-trick in the final overs to bowl Delhi Capitals last match.
Their skipper Ravi Ashwin has been blowing hot and cold so far this season. the form of their spinners Mujeeb and Murugan Ashwin has been their biggest reason to worry and in chennai, spinners are expected to play a huge role. They have local spinners in form their skipper, Murugan Ashwin and Varun Chakravathy with ample experience of playing in chepauk.
Suresh Raina – Raina has played a couple of vital cameos in the last two matches. Suresh Raina can be a all together a different player once he is on song. Raina has been a batting pillar for CSK all through the years so far.
Imran Tahir – Tahir has been bowling beautifully in this season. He has been mixing his leg spinners and googlies very effectively to restrict the batsmen.
Stats from the season:
Suresh Raina -119 runs, Strike rate – 117, HS -75*, 50s-
Imran Tahir – 7 wickets, Economy – 5.5 RPO, BB – 3/9
Shane Watson, Dwayne Bravo, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu/Faf Du Plessis, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Mohit Sharma/Harbhajan Singh
Imran Tahir, Ambati Rayudu, SR Watson, Deepak Chahar, Ravindra Jadeja, Scott Kuggeleijn, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni
Mayank Agarwal – Agarwal is an excellent player who can play all the shots in the book. He is an excellent player of both spin and pace bowling equally. He missed out last match due to unfortunate run-out.
Ravi Ashwin –Ashwin returns to his home town as an away captain and he might well know the conditions in and out. His local experience may prove vital this match. He also has Murugan Ashwin and Varun Chakravarthy from Chennai at his disposal.
Stats from the season:
Chris Gayle - 139 runs, Strike rate – 165, HS -79, 50s-1
Sam Curran – 6 wickets, Economy - 10 RPO, BB – 4/11
Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Mayank Agarwal, Mandeep Singh, David Miller, Mohammed Shami, Lokesh Rahul (wk), Murugan Ashwin/Varun Chakravarthy, Sarfaraz Khan, Hardus Viljoen, Sam Curran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
AJ Tye, Sarfaraz Khan, Chris Gayle, Mohammed Shami, Ravichandran Ashwin, Lokesh Rahul, M Singh, David Miller, Murugan Ashwin, Mayank Agarwal, Sam Curran
Chennai is currently having summer with hot and humid climate and it may cause dew in the ground. Chennai pitch Is on the slower side and slower bowlers may enjoy bowling here. But the dew causes trouble to bowlers to grip the ball. The Average score ijn this pitch is around 160-170 runs.
The sub-continental conditions are really making the dew a big factor to consider and teams will look to bowl first when the outfield is bit dry. So both teams will look to chase down the total set.
Both teams have equally good players with all-round capabilities in their playing XI. And in fact KXIP have local spin bowlers who know the conditions in and out. CSK have the experience of winning in Chennai gives a little nod ahead of the KXIP in this contest. We expect the home team CSK to win this contest.
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