IPL 2018, 12th Match, Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings
Sunday, April 15, 2018, Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali
A disciplined bowling performance and the fastest half-century in IPL (by KL Rahul) has helped Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) kick start their tournament with a win against Delhi Daredevils. However, they have to regroup themselves after their loss to Royal Challengers Bangalore in their second game.
KXIP returns to their home ground to host the mighty Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the second game on Sunday (April 14). Let us hope this will be as entertaining as the other two games Chennai have played so far. CSK will be without the services of Raina when they take field on Sunday. This is the first time in the history of IPL that Raina is going to miss an IPL game for CSK.
Injuries have hit hard the Chennai Super Kings at the very start of the season. Kedar Jadhav ruled out of IPL 2018 with a hamstring injury. Suresh Raina is not available for two games from today after injuring his calf. Lungi Ngidi has flown back to South Africa following the demise of his father.
Faf du Plessis and Murali Vijay are showing signs of good fitness in the Chennai camp. While Faf might has to wait a little longer to get a place in the playing XI, Vijay might replace injured Raina in the playing XI of this game against Punjab. CSK has roped in David Willey as a replacement to Jadhav, however, he might not be slotted in at this very moment.
With continuous batting failures, it won’t be long to see KXIP drop Yuvraj Singh from the playing XI. And Chris Gayle might well get a chance to feature in the playing XI as you can’t calm the storm for long.
Head to Head Record:
CSK has a clear advantage so far in the games played against Kings XI Punjab. CSK has won 10 and KXIP has won 6 games out of the total 16 games between them. In Mohali, CSK has won 3 games while KXIP won just a game.
Kings XI Punjab: Axar Patel, Lokesh Rahul, Ravichandran Ashwin, Andrew Tye, Aaron Finch, Marcus Stoinis, Karun Nair, Mujeeb Zadran, Ankit Singh Rajpoot, David Miller, Mohit Sharma, Barinder Singh Sran, Yuvraj Singh, Chris Gayle, Ben Dwarshuis, Akshdeep Nath, Manoj Tiwary, Mayank Agarwal, Manzoor Dar, Pardeep Sahu, Mayank Dagar
Chennai Super Kings: Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir, Mark Wood, Faf du Plessis, Shardul Thakur, Karn Sharma, KM Asif, Kanishk Seth, Dhruv Shorey, Murali Vijay, Sam Billings, Kshitiz Sharma, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi, N Jagadeesan, David Willey