Kings XI Punjab will face Chennai Super Kings in the night game of the Indian Premier League 2018 at the IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali on Sunday. This will be match number 12 of the tournament. Chennai Super Kings are undefeated after two games. Kings XI Punjab, on the other hand, began the series with a win, but could not sustain the momentum.
Chennai have not been at their best in the tournament. Yet, they have managed to win both the games thanks to the versatility in their batting. Dwayne Bravo single-handedly lofted Chennai to victory from an improbable position in the opener against Mumbai Indians. In the second game against Kolkata Knight Riders, they found themselves in a similar position, and this time found a hero in Sam Billings.
CSK have good all-round depth with the likes of skipper MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja and Shane Watson. In the spin department, Jadeja is joined by Harbhajan Singh, and Imran Tahir, which makes them quite potent. Their bowling needs to raise their game though.
In contrast, Kings XI Punjab went down to Royal Challengers Bangalore in their previous match. This was after Punjab beat Delhi Daredevils by six wickets in the opening match. KL Rahul has been in brilliant form, smashing the fastest fifty in the opening followed by a 30-ball 47 against RCB. But, the rest of the batting struggled, and Punjab went down in the game.
The big worry for Punjab would be the form of Yuvraj Singh, who has made only 12 and 4 in the two games. With the ball, Mohit Sharma hasn’t looked in good touch. Skipper Ravichandran Ashwin has made an impression with both bat and ball. Above all. 17-year-old spinner Mujeeb-ur-Rahman has made a great impact, even flummoxing Virat Kohli.
Played 18. Chennai won 11, Punjab won 7
Head-to-Head Record at Mohali
Played 4. Chennai won 3, Punjab won 1
Chennai Super Kings: Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Ravindra Jadeja, Suresh Raina, Sam Billings, Murali Vijay, Faf du Plessis, Harbhajan Singh, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayadu, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Jagadeesan Narayan, Mitchell Santner, Deepak Chahar, Asif K M, Lungi Ngidi, Dhruv Shorey, Mark Wood, Khsitiz Sharma, Monu Singh, Chaitanya Bishnoi
Kings XI Punjab: Ravichandran Ashwin (C), Akshdeep Nath, Mayank Agarwal. Mayank Dagar, Ben Dwarshuis, Aaron Finch, Chris Gayle, Manzoor Dar, David Miller, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Karun Nair, Axar Patel, Lokesh Rahul (W), Ankit Rajpoot, Pradeep Sahu, Mohit Sharma, Barinder Sran, Marcus Stoinis, Manoj Tiwary, Andrew Tye, Yuvraj Singh