We end our weekend and Super Sunday with another barn burner as Chennai Super Kings will take on Kings XI Punjab.
During the initial days of the IPL, nobody would have thought these two teams to be at the bottom of the points table. However, that’s exactly what happened as both of these teams find themselves at the bottom with only one win in four matches.
CSK is coming off another disappointing loss against the Sunrisers Hyderabad. The loss marked their third consecutive loss. KXIP, on the other hand, is coming off another disappointing 48 run loss against the Mumbai Indians. Both the teams will desperately need this win.
Chennai Super Kings
CSK found probably their best combination in the last match with the return of Ambati Rayadu and Dwayne Bravo. Bravo extended their bowling lineup and also added depth to their batting. However, their top-order couldn’t deliver. They would be happy about their skipper MS Dhoni showing form. Ravindra Jadeja played well for a fifty as well.
CSK’s bowling has looked decent. Their spinners are lowly regaining form and momentum.
Kings XI Punjab
KXIP have been putting phenomenal performances, however, failing to put it together completely as a team. They are a top-order dominant team, therefore, if KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal fail, the entire team falls under pressure. Glenn Maxwell will have to step up his game.
KL Rahul will have to evaluate his bowling options. Having 8 overs from part-timers Jimmy Neesham and Gowtham proved to be extremely expensive in their last match. They may consider bringing back Murugan Ashwin and even Chris Jordan.
Fantasy XI team
FAF DU PLESSIS (9) (C) – Du Plessis is coming off two phenomenal fifties. He scored 72 of just 37 balls with 7 sixes against RR. He’ll again be my captain.
KL RAHUL (10.5) (VC) – Rahul has been extremely consistent in this IPL with a fifty and a century. He has been a run machine and will be our vice-captain.
MAYANK AGARWAL (9) – Agarwal is probably in the best purple patch of his life.
AMBATI RAYADU (9) – Rayadu will look to continue from his match-winning inning in his first match before the injury.
SHANE WATSON (9.5) – Watson has been getting some good starts. However, he’ll have to convert them into something big.
SAM CURRAN (8.5) – Curran bowled really well and also scored a match-winning cameo in their first match against MI. Dhoni likes the idea of promoting him depending upon the situation.
DWAYNE BRAVO (9) – Bravo gives CSK with 4 solid overs. He’s also a handy batsman in the lower-middle order.
RAVINDRA JADEJA (9) – Jadeja converted his starts into a big fifty in the last match against SRH. His bowling has been gaining momentum as well.
MOHD. SHAMI (9) – Shami looked phenomenal with his spell where he picked up 3 wickets in the first match and bowled well in the second as well.
DEEPAK CHAHAR (8.5) – Chahar has been contributing with crucial wickets especially in the powerplay overs.
RAVI BISNOI (8) – Bishnoi impressed everyone with his dynamic leg-spin.
CSK seem to have found their best combination. It didn’t work in their last match due to tight SRH bowling. However, KXIP do not have the same steam in their pace bowling. Bravo has added depth to their batting and bowling as well. CSK will therefore defeat KXIP.
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