Man of the Match: Lokesh Rahul
Kings XI Punjab, Chennai Super Kings face off in dead rubber in Mohali
Our Prediction is Chennai Super Kings to win the match!
Host Kings XI Punjab will be looking to play for pride when they take on Chennai Super Kings in the 55th game of Indian Premier League in Mohali on Sunday.
In their previous, Kings XI suffered defeat at the hands of Kolkata Knight Riders in a game played in Mohali. With this result, Kings XI have been knockout of the competition and will be keen to end their season on a good note.
Ravichandran Ashwin and co. will be looking to end their campaign on a good note. The side has suffered from inconsistency with bat and ball in this year’s competition.
In the batting department, the side will be depending on the opening pair of Lokesh Rahul and Chris Gayle to do the bulk of the scoring. The duo failed to produce scores in the previous game played against Kolkata Knight Riders.
Rahul will be looking to end his season a good note in this final game. He is currently franchise’s leading run-scorer in the competition with 522 runs in 13 matches at an average of 52.20. Kings XI will be hoping that Rahul can deliver something in this game.
Veteran opening batsman Chris Gayle has also been a consistent performer for the side at the top of the innings. The left-hander hasn’t done much with the bat in the last three games of the competition. Gayle will certainly be keen to put in a notable score for the side in this final game.
Mayank Agarwal played well and scored 36 off 26 balls with the help of two fours and a six. He added 69 run partnership with Nicholas Pooran led the fightback for Kings XI in the previous game. Wicket-keeper Nicholas Pooran scored a fiery 48 off 27 balls with the help of three fours and four sixes to provide the necessary impetus to the innings. Mandeep Singh also chipped in with crucial cameo and scored 25 off 17 balls against Kolkata Knight Riders.
All-rounder Sam Curran produced a superlative performance with the bat and scored 55 off 24 balls with the help of seven fours and two sixes.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying heavily on the likes of Mohammad Shami and Ravichandran Ashwin to provide crucial breakthroughs in this game. Besides Shami and Ashwin, no one has been able to produce consistency with the ball in this year’s competition. Sam Curran, Andrew Tye and Arshdeep Singh conceded more than ten runs over in the previous game played against Kolkata Knight Riders.
Ravichandran Ashwin (captain), Mandeep Singh, Nicholas Pooran, Mayank Agarwal, Lokesh Rahul (wk), Chris Gayle, Andrew Tye, Sam Curran, Mohammad Shami, Murugan Ashwin, Arshdeep Singh.
AJ Tye, Chris Gayle, Mohammed Shami, Ravichandran Ashwin, Lokesh Rahul, Nicholas Pooran, M Singh, Harpreet Brar, Murugan Ashwin, Mayank Agarwal, Sam Curran
The side might rest some of their key players for this final round-robin game. Chennai became the first side to secure their place in the playoffs of the competition. Murali Vijay might come in place of Faf du Plessis in the playing XI, who might be rested for this dead rubber. Vijay has shown good form with the bat in the limited appearances made for the franchise this season. He will be looking to do well for the franchise in this game.
All-rounder Shane Watson has struggled to deliver runs consistently for the side at the top of the innings. He has so far scored 251 runs in 13 matches at an average of 19.30. Watson’s woeful run of form continues in the previous game as he was dismissed for a duck in the game played against Delhi Capitals.
The big positive from the previous game was Suresh Raina scoring runs with the bat. He scored 59 off 37 balls with the help of eight fours and a six. He put on a crucial partnership with du Plessis to help Chennai get off to a good start in the previous game played against Delhi Capitals.
Wicket-keeper MS Dhoni also played well and scored unbeaten 44 off 22 balls with the help of four fours and three sixes. He is currently franchise’s leading run-scorer in the competition with 358 runs in 11 matches at an average of 119.33. Ravendra Jadeja smashed a quick-fire cameo of 25 runs to help Chennai post a competitive score on the board.
In the bowling department, the spin trio of Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh and Ravendra Jadeja did most of the damage in the previous game against Delhi Capitals. The spinners took nine wickets in the previous game on a surface that provided a lot of assistance. Deepak Chahar and Dwayne Bravo also bowled decent spells for the side in the previous game.
MS Dhoni (c & wk), Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Shane Watson, Dwayne Bravo, Ravendra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Imran Tahir, Faf du Plessis/Murali Vijay, Deepak Chahar
Dwayne Bravo, Imran Tahir, Kedar Jadhav, SR Watson, Deepak Chahar, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni
The wicket prepared for this game will be good for batting. Expect quick bowlers to get some assistance from the pitch. The weather forecast for the game on Sunday is going to be clear skies.
Kings XI Punjab has managed to win four out of six games played at Mohali. The side lost their previous game against Kolkata Knight Riders. Kings XI Punjab will take heart from the fact they won their previous game played against Chennai at Mohali.
The side that wins the toss would be looking to bowl first. The spinners will not find much assistance from this surface. Batting second generally is the way to go at this venue. Kings XI Punjab will certainly have the upper hand as they know the conditions at the venue.
Kings XI Punjab will be focused to do well with bat and ball in this home fixture. The side certainly has not been consistent enough and yet again failed to make it to the playoffs of the competition.
On the other hand, Chennai Super Kings have maintained their consistency with bat and ball throughout the competition. The side certainly has a better bowling attack in comparison to Kings XI Punjab. Expect Chennai Super Kings to prevail in this dead rubber.
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