Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) and the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) are dwindling at the bottom half of the table with just one win each and will be eager for a change in fortunes. Both sides do have quite a few quality players and might make a significant impact in the game. With that being said, here are a few star players who will be anticipated to have a match winning performance.
The KXIP skipper has clearly been the central figure of the team. K.L Rahul has scored 239 runs from the last four appearances with a strike rate of 148.44, which includes a fifty, as well as a hundred to his name. The wicket keeper batsmen could once again score big if he manages to hang in their for the first hour or so.
Faf du Plessis
Faf du Plessis has been more towards the consistent side of things in contrast to the rest of his team mates. Faf has scored 195 runs from the last four appearances . He has a strike rate of 144.44, while also registering two fifties in the bag. Other than that, Faf is an exceptional fielder and could chip in with a few catches of his own.
Mayank Agarwal has also played a pivotal role with the bat for KXIP and has stood shoulder to shoulder with his skipper K.L Rahul. Agarwal has scored 246 runs from the last four appearances, while having a strike rate of 166.21, which also includes a fifty and a hundred as well. His wicket is of serious value for the Punjab camp.
Sam Curran has impressed with the ball in hand in the early overs as well as the death overs with his subtle change in line and length. Curran's flair has got him five wickets from the last four appearances. Other than that, he has also displayed glimpses of quality with the bat through his six hitting ability. Sam Curran is considered as the perfect utility player for CSK.
A genuine wicket taker who's looking as rhythmic as ever. Mohammad Shami has been an essential figure in the KXIP bowling department. Shami has scalped eight wickets from the last four appearances for his side and is one of the main contenders for the Purple Cap this season.
Ambati Rayudu is one of the key batsmen in the Chennai camp, other than Faf du Plessis and MS Dhoni, considering the fact that Suresh Raina is ruled out for the season. Rayudu has scored 3379 runs from 149 IPL appearances, which includes 19 fifties and a hundred to his name. His absence after the first game was dearly misses by the CSK faithful, but his return now further solidifies the batting order.
KXIP vs CSK Dream11 Expected Playing 11
Kings XI Punjab
KL Rahul (C&WK), Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Glenn Maxwell, Nicholas Pooran, James Neesham, Sarfaraz Khan, Krishnappa Gowtham, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami and Sheldon Cottrell
Chennai Super Kings
Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (C&WK), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla and Shardul Thakur
KXIP vs CSK Dream11 Match Details
Teams: Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings
Venue: Dubai International Stadium