Date & Time: Saturday, 6th April; 04:00pm ISt
Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Both the teams have won three games each so far in the season and have lost one match out of four that they have played. Kings XI Punjab seem to be in a better position than Chennai, as far as concerns within the team so far in the season. Punjab’s batting and spin department hold the team In good stead so far, while the fast bowling unit has produced hot and cold performances.
On the other hand, Chennai may have won 3 games in a row, but they have a fair share of problems with the top order batsmen, as they are yet to produce a big knock. Adding to this, the death over bowling and fielding have been vulnerable so far in the season.
Another spin-friendly surface is likely to be in store on Saturday, but expect some runs from the batsmen as well. As the match starts at noon, dew won’t be a factor in the match.
He is in good form of late whether it is International Cricket or domestic. He has scored 214 runs in the last five T20s at a strike rate of 147. We expect him to continue this good form against Chennai as well, as he has a good record against Chennai bowlers, and in the last four games at this venue, he has scored 125 runs.
It is very rare for Raina to have not scored a half-century in the first four games of the season. He has played good cameos in a couple matches but seemed slightly vulnerable in the recent two games. It might be the time for Raina to break the shackles and come up with a match-defining knock against Kings XI Punjab. He has a good record against Punjab and has scored 162 runs against the present Kings XI bowlers in the last few encounters.
The middle-order batsman is in good nick in T20 format in recent times.
He scored 167 runs at a strike rate of 149 in the last 5 T20s. On Saturday in Chennai where the surface is going to assist spinners, he might be the crucial batsman for Kings XI Punjab. He has a good record against Chennai Spinners.
He is the second highest wicket-taker in this season right now and nothing seems to deter his form anytime soon. The statistics also say the same story as he has a good record against Kings XI Punjab batsman in the last few encounters, where he has a strike rate of 17 against them. We can expect the same on Saturday.
The Chennai born leg-spinner has changed the team composition with his back to back good performances so far. On Saturday, when he plays at his home ground he will be eager to replicate the good form once again. The record against Chennai batsman is also in his favor. He has bagged big players like Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav, and Ambati Rayudu in the last few encounters.
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