Kings XI Punjab, still intact in the play-off race, will have to register a good win against Chennai Super Kings on Saturday, while Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Chennaiyin Reputation is the competition.
The loss of Rajasthan Royals spoiled the game
After defeating Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets, Punjab’s hopes have come as a shock. KL Rahul’s team won the playoff by winning five consecutive matches. After this defeat, the future of Punjab is no longer in his hands. Even after defeating Chennai, he will have to pray for favorable results in other matches.
Do or die situation for punjab
If Sunrisers Hyderabad (10 points from 12 matches) wins both the matches and the team winning the match between Delhi Capitals (14) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (14) will get 16 points then in such case depending on the points or net runners Even Punjab will not be able to qualify. If the Sunrisers lose a match, then there are hopes of Punjab qualifying provided they beat Chennai.
Chennai would like a respectful farewell
Punjab currently has 12 points from 13 matches and has a net run rate minus 0.133. Chennai, on the other hand, would like to bid farewell to victory for the first time out of the playoff race. Dhoni’s team has won two consecutive matches against RCB and Kolkata Knight Riders. Captain Rahul has scored the most runs in the tournament for Punjab, while Chris Gayle is in superb form who would like to forget the pain of being dismissed for 99 runs tomorrow.
Chennai returned to rhythm but it was late
At the same time, Nicholas Pooran has also performed well at number four. The situation is unclear about the play of Mayank Agarwal, who could not play the last three matches due to injury. All the bowlers in Punjab, including Mohammad Shami, proved expensive against the Royals. They cannot commit such a mistake against Chennai. The 23-year-old Ruturaj Gaikwad has scored two consecutive half-centuries for Chennai. Ravindra Jadeja is also in superb form who played the finisher against KKR.
Expected Playing XI
Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Ambati Rayudu, Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, Ravindra Jadeja, Lungi Ngidi, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Sam Curren, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Karn Sharma.
Kings XI Punjab:
KL Rahul (captain), Mandeep Singh, Chris Jordan, Deepak Hooda, Ravi Bishnoi, Glenn Maxwell, Sheldon Cottrell, Mayank Aggarwal, Mohammed Shami, Nicholas Pooran, Chris Gayle, Murugan Ashwin.