Date & Time: Sunday, May 05, 16:00 IST
Venue: Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali, India
We are into the penultimate match of the league phase and there is still uncertainty whether Chennai will finish in the top 2 or not. A win on Sunday will surely make them a part of Qualifier-1 at Chepauk. On the other hand, KXIP is mostly out of the season unless they win freakishly against Chennai and the other result goes in their favor.
Chennai Super Kings is unlikely to make changes to their winning combination unless there is a fitness concern. Kings XI Punjab might consider to give a chance to bench players if they look beyond the season and not at the result of the match.
The surface in Mohali has been good for batting throughout the season as a minimum of 180 runs is scored regularly at this venue. Spinners might get some assistance from the surface on Sunday as it is a 4 PM starter.
The Mohali crowd certainly needs fireworks from the Universe Boss, who has been underperforming in the last few innings. On Sunday if he sees off Harbhajan Singh’s spell there is every chance that he will produce a big knock, as per our IPL expert’s predictions. He has a strike rate of more than 160 against most Chennai bowlers, but against Harbhajan that goes down to 116 and he got out 4 times to him in the last ten IPL encounters.
Ashwin may have been wayward with the captaincy at times in the season but as a bowler, he has been a consistent performer for the side as he dismissed top order batsmen the most in the season. His record against Chennai batsmen is no different as he dismissed Watson & Rayudu twice each and Raina and Duplessis once each in last 5 encounters against them. So he is a must have bowler in all the Dream11 fantasy cricket teams in Today’s IPL match.
He may not have started the season well, but he is slowly getting into the grooves with handy contributions for the team here and there. He has a good record against KXIP pacers in recent times, but somehow he has struggled against their spinners which is quite unusual for Raina, who is a good player of spin. In Today’s IPL match, he might give it back to KXIP spinners as he scored more runs against them than the pacers in this season.
The Captain cool has been the backbone of Chennai’s batting in the season as he produced characteristic knocks when the team is under pressure. He is a must have pick as a player in all the Dream11 fantasy cricket teams for Today’s IPL match. In addition to his present form, he also has a good record at this venue and against the KXIP bowlers in his last five encounters with them.