2018, ഏപ്രിൽ 15, ഞായറാഴ്‌ച

PRE-MATCH ANALYSIS: PNJ VS CHE (IPL)

Match Details:
Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings
15th April 2018
Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali
Venue:
The track in Mohali is expected to be flat and will enable batsmen to play their strokes. The dew factor could come into play in the second innings and fielding first would be the preferred choice of the captains.
Preview:
Chennai Super Kings are coming into the game with two wins under their belt, though both the matches were won in the last over. Punjab, meanwhile, suffered a loss in their previous match and will be looking to get back to winning ways at home.
The visitors suffered a setback ahead of the game with Suresh Raina ruled out for the next 2 matches due to a calf injury. The batting form of their foreign recruits Shane Watson, Sam Billings, and Dwayne Bravo remains their biggest positive, but the middle order still looks unconvincing.
The hosts have been heavily reliant on KL Rahul and Karun Nair so far. Aaron Finch returned to the line-up in the previous match but was dismissed for a duck. He’ll be looking to get going against the Super Kings.
Head To Head:
Total matches – 18
Kings XI Punjab – 7 wins (39%)
Chennai Super Kings – 11 wins (61%)
Form:
Kings XI Punjab – W L
Chennai Super Kings – W W
Last Match’s Playing XI and possible changes:
Kings XI Punjab
Lokesh Rahul (wk), Mayank Agarwal, Aaron Finch, Yuvraj Singh, Karun Nair, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Andrew Tye, Mohit Sharma, Mujeeb Zadran
Probable Changes for this match – None. Even though KXIP lost their last game, Ashwin is unlikely to change his team.
Chennai Super Kings
Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Sam Billings, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Shardul Thakur
Probable changes for this match – Dhruv Shorey in for Suresh Raina. With Raina out because an injury, Dhoni is likely to field Dhruv Shorey in the playing eleven.
Top point scorers:
Kings XI Punjab
KL Rahul (75 points) – The wicket-keeper has started IPL 2018 with a bang, scoring 98 runs in the first 2 games. In the first match against Delhi, he slammed the fastest 50 in the IPL in just 14 deliveries before scoring 47 against RCB. He has a strike-rate of 213 in the tournament so far.
Karun Nair (61.5 points) – Karun Nair has scored one half-century in the tournament so far against the Delhi Daredevils. His 79 runs in 2 innings have come at a strike-rate of 134.
Chennai Super Kings
Shane Watson (78 points) – The Australian has been performing with both bat and ball for CSK. With the ball, he has picked up 4 wickets while he has scored 58 runs in 2 matches at a strike-rate of over 175.
Dwayne Bravo (58 points) – Though Bravo has gone wicketless in the tournament thus far, he has more than made it up with his performances while batting. In the first game against Mumbai Indians, his 30-ball 68 helped the side win while he stayed unbeaten at 11 in the second match.
Player to avoid:
Suresh Raina (CSK) @ 10 credits

The left-hander injured himself against KKR and has been ruled out for at least two games. He will miss CSK’s away match in Mohali.
83.56% of Dream11 teams had picked him for the last game.
Value pick:
Mujeeb Zadran (KXIP) @ 8 credits
The spinner from Afghanistan made news in the game against RCB for troubling Virat Kohli and picking up his wicket. The 17-year-old has taken 3 wickets in the two games that he has played so far, conceding just 7.12 runs per over.
He was picked in less than 17% of Dream11 teams for Punjab’s last match.
Suggested team balance:
In the previous match played in Mohali, openers Gautam Gambhir and Lokesh Rahul scored half-centuries. It is suggested you pick as many batsmen as possible. Both teams possess world-class spinners and their quality should shine irrespective of the conditions.