We are down to the last two matches of the regular season in the Indian Premier League 2019. Three teams have already made their way to the playoffs. Kings XI chances are almost next to nothing, while CSK are looking for a top-two spot.
Four continuous losses and and six losses in seven, Kings XI have lost their early season momentum. It will be a surprise if they can defeat CSK by a huge margin, which is the only thing that can keep them alive in the competition.
It has been a season of misses for Kings XI, who have struggled for consistency. While KL Rahul and Chris Gayle remained their pillars with the bat, Ravichandran Ashwin and Mohammed Shami have excelled with the ball.
Punjab mathematically are still in the race, but need a monumental win over Chennai to reach the playoffs. Even with other results falling their way, they can’t make it to the playoffs. What remains is to finish their home season on a high.
MS Dhoni’s men have already booked their spot in the playoffs. A win over Kings XI will give them the to-spot without any permutations and combinations. Should they lose, run rate will come into play, which might work against them if Mumbai win their match against Kolkata.
The worry for CSK goes beyond this match. They need to get into batting form ahead of the playoffs, as the Chennai batsmen have struggled for runs throughout. Even with the ball, it is their spinners led by Imran Tahir that led their charge.
Fantasy Players to Watch
KL Rahul has been one of the success factors for Kings XI Punjab with consistent scores. With one more game to go, he will look to end the season on a high.
MS Dhoni has been such a calm influence for CSK all through the season. Not just with the bat, where he top scores for the side. Also with his captaincy and glove work. A sure pick in your fantasy side.
Deepak Chahar has been the leader of the pace battery for CSK, who have primarily relied on their spin attack. He has been very good with his lines this season. Chahar should fancy taking wickets on a helpful Mohali pitch.
KXIP: 1 KL Rahul 2 Chris Gayle 3 Mayank Agarwal 4 Karun Nair 5 Nicholas Pooran (WK) 6 Sam Curran 7 Ravichandran Ashwin (C) 8 Murugan Ashwin 9 Ankit Rajpoot 10 Arshdeep Singh 11 Andrew Tye
CSK: 1 Shane Watson 2 Faf du Plessis 3 Suresh Raina 4 Ambati Rayudu 5 Kedar Jadhav 6 MS Dhoni (C & WK) 7 Dwayne Bravo 8 Ravindra Jadeja 9 Deepak Chahar 10 Shardul Thakur 11 Imran Tahir
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