|Match Date:||5th May, Sunday|
|Match Timing:||4:00 PM|
|Expected Crowd Turnout:||24,000|
|Match Venue:||PCA Stadium, Mohali|
The Match 55 of the VIVO Indian Premier League 2019 will see Kings XI Punjab welcome Chennai Super Kings at Mohali. KXIP’s chances of making it to the playoffs were marred by a 7-wicket defeat against KKR. Although mathematically they are not out of the top-4 race, but qualification isn’t in their hands either. They will have to win by big margin on Sunday and hope that SRH, KKR, and RR lose their respective games. This will be easier said than done, since in the opposition are the defending champions Chennai Super Kings.
Here is the detailed analysis of the Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings IPL match:
|Key Players in form||KXIP– Sam Curran, Mayank Agarwal
CSK – MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina
|Weather Conditions||37℃, 12% Humidity, Winds up to 23 km/hr.|
|Toss Advantage||Chasing teams has won only 4 of the last 15 matches played at Mohali. But that wasn’t the case in the last match, where KKR chased down a stiff total of 183 with relative ease.|
|Pitch Conditions||Flat, High-scoring.|
|Venue Stats||Average Total (2018): 182
Highest Total (2018): 197/7 (KXIP)
Last Match: KXIP 183/6 | 185/3 KKR
|Ground Size: Eden Gardens||Side Boundaries: 75 m, Straight Boundary: 79 m|
|KXIP – Mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy has been ruled out for the rest of the season.
CSK – No major injuries.
|Home Advantage||Kings XI Punjab|
|Head-to-Head||KXIP 8 – 13 CSK|
|Form||KXIP – L L W L L
CSK– L L W L L
Chris Gayle, KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran, David Miller, Ravichandran Ashwin, Prabhsimran Singh, Mohammed Shami, Murugan Ashwin, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir.
|Impact Players||Chris Gayle, MS Dhoni|
KXIP vs CSK Dream11 Preview
Kings XI Punjab started the campaign on an impressive note, going as high as third for better part of the season’s first half. However, a series of inconsistent performances in the second saw them slip lower and behind the pecking order. They have struggled with the ball and there seems dearth of a leader in the batting line up. Although they may still garner hopes of somehow going into the playoffs, it may just be a bit late for that.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 3, 2019
As things stand at the moment, three teams – SRH (12), KKR (12), RR (11) – have more points than Kings XI Punjab (10). They will have to not only win their last game but also hope that the three lose their respective games. Their dismal NRR of -0.351 makes thing even more complicated. Compare that to SRH’s +0.653 and it will take no less than a miracle for Kings XI Punjab to make it to the playoffs.
As for Chennai Super Kings, this will be a good opportunity to fine tune their squads before the all-important Qualifiers. The bowling has been impressive with Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar, and Harbhajan Singh all proving their worth. However, what indeed needs a bit calibration is their batting attack. Shane Watson’s form has been going up and down while Kedar Jadhav has struggled to garner runs this year. CSK will be looking to get things straight in time there.
However, desperate KXIP is to win this match, CSK have the temperament and edge to clinch this particular encounter.
PCA Stadium will have plenty of runs, and wickets. Thus, choosing a balanced squad (4 batsmen, 2 all-rounders, 4 bowlers) makes sense. Try to have a mix of spinners and pacers. Openers will have a huge role to play with spinners not around at the start. Choosing a couple of them would be a smart move.
KXIP vs CSK Dream11 Prediction Team 1
KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Faf du Plessis, Nicholas Pooran, Ravichandran Ashwin, Sam Curran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mohammed Shami, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar.
KXIP vs CSK Dream11 Prediction Team 2
MS Dhoni, Chris Gayle, Suresh Raina, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Sam Curran, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar, Mohammed Shami.