CSK got defeated by DD in the last game at Feroz Shah Kotla while KXIP lost to MI in their last encounter. This game is perfect for CSK to come back on a winning track. On the other hand, it’s a do or die match for KXIP in which they don’t have nay option but to beat Dhoni’s men if they want to secure their place in the playoffs.
We are just a couple of games away from the playoffs, and the struggle for the final four spots is still on. At the halfway stage, Kings XI Punjab looked well set to finish among the top two teams in the points table and such has been the turn of events that they're now struggling to make it to the top four. Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings will feature in the last league game of the season which is to be played on 20th May at MCA Stadium Pune. This game will also decide the fate of KXIP provided that the other results go their way. Chennai Super Kings, on the contrary, have already qualified for the playoffs, but this match will become ever more essential for them to if they want to enter the play-offs with a winning momentum. With a possible playoff spot at stake for Kings XI Punjab, and Chennai Super Kings look to get back to the winning ways after a miserable last match, expect this to be a hard struggle between the two sides.
Team News :
Because they have lost the last match, they will need more polished bowling; still there are no changes in the sight except Sam Billings might sit out. Other than that, they will remain unchanged.
There is still no news about Mujeeb Zadran. If he fit, then he is likely to replace M Stoinis.
If Mujeeb Zadran not fit on time then There can be a case that David Miller can replace M Stoinis.
Probable Playing XI :
Chennai Super Kings :
Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (c & wk)), Faf du Plessis/Sam Billings, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Shardul Thakur, Lungi Ngidi
Kings XI Punjab :
Lokesh Rahul (wk), Chris Gayle, Aaron Finch, Manoj Tiwari, Yuvraj Singh/Karun Nair, David Miller/Mujeeb Zadran, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Andrew Tye, Mohit Sharma, Barinder Sran/Ankit Rajpoot
CSK vs KXIP Head to Head
Kings XI Punjab defended their total of 197 against the Chennai Super Kings at Mohali in their first face-off of the season. CSK came very close to their target but fell short by just four runs in the end.
Overall, the two sides have faced each other in 18 matches in the Indian Premier League. While the Super Kings have won 10 of those, the Kings XI have won 7 with the remaining one match resulting in a tie.
Chennai Super Kings have beaten Kings XI Punjab three times in their previous four attempts. The former had won both the matches against the latter in the 2015 season.
Total Matches: 18; Chennai Super Kings Won: 10; Kings XI Punjab Won: 7; Tie: 1
CSK vs KXIP Match Prediction
This is an important fixture for both the teams. While Chennai Super Kings will look to bag two more points for a confirmed top-two finish, Kings XI Punjab must ensure a win here to be in the reckoning for the playoffs. Pressure, however, is going to be more on the latter as not only do they have to win, but they will have to win by a handsome margin if they are to sneak into the top four on account of healthier net run-rate.
KXIP defeated CSK in the season's first meeting, and this should make them feel a little more optimistic ahead of this clash. But the Super Kings have the advantage of playing on their home ground where they have won four out of five matches this IPL. KXIP, on the other hand, have squandered a good start they made at the beginning of the season and are coming on the back of defeats in their last three fixtures away from home. We, therefore, predict CSK to knock KXIP out of the tournament on Sunday.
Last Updated 20, May 2018, 2:16 PM IST