IPL 2018: Kings XI Punjab aim to put brakes on Chennai Super Kings

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It has been a fine comeback from the Chennai Super Kings who have won both their matches in a nail-biting contest. The Chennai franchise had found their backs against the wall but the lower middle order was able to get them out of the choppy waters. First, it was Dwayne Bravo in the opening match and then it was Sam Billings blistering knock that helped Chennai.

The Kings XI Punjab has a potent spin battery and they have been doing a fine job. Their batting was not able to check the right boxes against Royal Challengers Bangalore and they need to support their bowling line-up. Mujeeb Ur Rahman has been impressive and the Punjab franchise will hope that the youngster keeps getting better. Punjab skipper Ravichandran Ashwin will be up against his former franchise CSK and would like to prove a point.

CSK have won both their matches. (Photo Source: Hindustan Times via BCCI)

CSK will look to continue their impetus.

The Men in Yellow will miss the services of their talisman batsman Suresh Raina who has been ruled out due to a calf injury and is going to miss the next two matches. This is the first time that Raina is going to miss a match for the Chennai team as he has been really consistent with them. Dhruv Shorey might play in place of the veteran southpaw or they get in veteran Murali Vijay in the final XI who hasn’t played in the tournament thus far.

The Chennai franchise had to lose out on the rights of their home matches and it is going to be a big disadvantage for the Lions. They had received great support in their last home game which was, unfortunately, their final of the season in front of their home crowd.

Match Prediction: Mohali pitch is always known to assist the pace battery and it would be interesting to note the final combination of both the teams. The team winning the toss will like to chase the target.

Toss Prediction: KXIP.

Match Winner Prediction: CSK.

CSK Probable XI: Murali Vijay, Shane Watson, Sam Billings, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir.

ings XI Punjab Probable XI:  KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Yuvraj Singh, David Miller, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Andrew Tye, Mohit Sharma, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

Date and Time: 15 April 2018, 8:00 PM IST.

Venue: Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali.

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