Kings XI Punjab will play for pride when they take on Chennai Super Kings on May 5, 2019, at the PCA IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali. The match is scheduled to start at 4:00 PM IST. The match will be the first of the two matches on the final day of the league stages of IPL 2019. At 8:00 PM, Mumbai Indians will play Kolkata Knight Riders, a match which will conclude the league stages of the tournament.
Chennai Super Kings have already qualified for the playoffs. They have in fact secured a place in the top two spots. They are currently placed at the first position with a healthy net run rate and nine wins from their 13 matches. They are coming into this match after an 80-run win in the previous match against Delhi Capitals.
Kings XI Punjab is currently placed at last position with five wins from their 13 matches. They lost their previous match against Kolkata Knight Riders which results in their disqualification. They would want to win this match and at least end a position higher from where they are.
The two teams have previously played a match in Chennai this year. While Chennai had won that match at home by 22 runs, Punjab would be hoping to get some revenge and end their season on a high.
KXIP vs CSK Squads
Kings XI Punjab: Chris Gayle, Lokesh Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran(w), Mandeep Singh, Sam Curran, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Andrew Tye, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Karun Nair, David Miller, Simran Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Ankit Rajpoot, Hardus Viljoen, Darshan Nalkande, Agnivesh Ayachi, Harpreet Brar
Chennai Super Kings: Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w/c), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Murali Vijay, Dhruv Shorey, N Jagadeesan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Scott Kuggeleijn, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Karn Sharma, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Mohit Sharma, KM Asif, Monu Kumar
KXIP vs CSK Team News
Kings XI Punjab:
1. KXIP would be tempted to replace Mandeep Singh with either Sarfaraz Khan or Karun Nair. Mandeep’s performance hasn’t been really good in recent times.
2. Murugan Ashwin was expensive in the previous match which could force them to bring back Harpreet Brar.
Predicted 11: Lokesh Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Mandeep Singh/Karun Nair/Sarfaraz Khan, Nicholas Pooran(w), Sam Curran, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Murugan Ashwin/Harpreet Brar, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Andrew Tye
Chennai Super Kings:
1. Going into the Mohali match, CSK would like to replace Harbhajan Singh with Shardul Thakur.
2. Rest of the side won’t see any changes.
Predicted 11: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni(w/c), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh/Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir
KXIP vs CSK Pitch Report
As it turned out to be, the Mohali pitch was perfect for batting in the previous match between KXIP and KKR. It won’t be any different when the CSK land to face the home team. We can expect another high scoring match.
Suresh Raina scored a brilliant fifty in the previous match.
Chris Gayle has scored 462 this season at a strike rate of 158. Mayank Agarwal and Nicholas Pooran have impressed with the bat as well.
Ravichandran Ashwin has 15 wickets from 13 matches this season. Ravindra Jadeja of CSK has 12 wickets from as many games and has also scored 101 runs. Dwayne Bravo has taken nine wickets.
MS Dhoni has an average of 120 with the bat this season and has a strike rate of 142. He could be a good choice of captain.
Imran Tahir has been key to the CSK team as he has taken 21 wickets from 13 matches. Deepak Chahar has chipped in with 16 wickets. KXIP’s Mohammad Shami has taken 17 wickets this year.