Indian Premier League, 2018

 Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings 

Playfantasy – 1st paragraph

The Big Picture

So, here we are! After weeks of anticipation, analysis, and euphoria, the Indian Premier League is finally here. The 2018 season with all the subtle additions like DRS, Mid-season Transfer, is expected to be bigger and better.

On Sunday night, the Kings return to Mohali where they host the Chennai Super Kings, and it is expected to be a high voltage clash.

Where: P.C.A Stadium, Mohali

When: 15 April 2018, 8:00 PM

Pitch Conditions

The pitch at Mohali over the years has provided a riveting contest between the bat and the ball. Teams batting first have won 37.7 percent of the games whereas teams batting second have won 60.7 percent of games in the last ten years in T20s.

Team News and Probabale XI:

Chennai Super Kings

The Super Kings would believe that they got out of the jail, thanks to the heroics of all-rounder Dwayne Bravo in their tournament opener against the defending champions Mumbai Indians. At 6-84, while chasing 165, they looked well and truly out of the contest, only to be saved by a belligerent Bravo, who smashed 68 off just 30 balls to cap off a sensational win for CSK.

While Shane Watson fared well with both bat and ball (2-29 & 16 off 14 balls), it is their middle-order in Raina, Dhoni, and Rayudu, who threw away his wicket after a fine start, that will need to step-up in the upcoming games. Kedar Jadhav, who hit the winning shot in the last over, has been ruled out due to a hamstring injury, he had sustained in the last encounter.

The men in Yellow were involved in yet another nail-biting thriller against the Kolkata Knight Riders, where late heroics from Sam Billings led his side to an astounding run-chase. While Chennai has won two matches in a row, they need to address their death bowling issues against Kings XI Punjab, on Sunday.

Suresh Raina is ruled out due to injury and Murli Vijay is expected to make his comeback tomorrow, while Lungi Ngidi has flown back home due to the untimely demise of his father.

Probable XI:

Murali Vijay, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (C & WK), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Imran Tahir,  Karn Sharma/Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, Mark Wood

Kings XI Punjab

The Kings XI Punjab have been the perennial under-achievers in the IPL. They started well in 2008 where they made it into the top four and then another brilliant one in 2014, where they entered the finals for the very first time under George Bailey’s leadership.

They were going pretty well against the RCB as well before a rampaging Umesh Yadav scalped three wickets in an over to derail the momentum of their innings, from which they could never recover.

On Sunday night, the Kings return to Mohali where they host the Chennai Super Kings, and it is expected to be a high voltage clash. While not much changes are expected, Mohit Sharma, who has been pretty expensive thus far, might make way for Barinder Sran.

Probable XI:

Aaron Finch, Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul (WK),  Yuvraj Singh, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, R Ashwin (C), Mohit Sharma, Mohit Sharma/Barinder Sran,  Andrew Tye

Where to watch Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings?

The viewers can watch the match live on Star Sports 1/HD and can also live stream the match on Hotstar.com