Kings XI Punjab are coming back with a morale-boosting win against Pune. Chennai Super Kings are coming out of a loss - but with a lot of confidence. Team(both batsmen & bowlers) are bound - not to be overconfident & listless like the first match. .
Last Season, Kings XI Punjab won both the games against Chennai Super Kings. So CSK should be looking to return the favor this season.
CSK Probable XI
1. Hussey 2. Vijay 3. Raina 4. Badri 5. Bravo 6. Dhoni 7. Jadeja 8. Morris/Albie 9.Ashwin 10. Rajpoot. 11. Nannes
If Albie Morkel is fit, he is bound to play. But with the ankle injury scare in Ramplay finals, it is tough to predict. Decision between Anirudh, Rajpoot & Jakati is bound to be decided by the pitch. But KXIP team generally sets up a pitch that favors fast bowlers.
Kings XI Punjab:
1. Gilchrist 2. Mandeep Singh 3. Vohra 4. Hussey 5. Azhar Mahmood 6.Gurkeerat Singh 7. R Sathish 8.PP Chawla 9. P Awana 10. P Kumar 11.RJ Harris
On paper, the match looks like a direct match up between a Goliath & David (without any special powers).
Most Dangerous Players:
1. Azhar Mahmood: Age is simply not catching up with him. He can bat, bowl & for a pakistan-born player, he can field too.
2. Harris: Ryan Harris is one of the quality bowlers in T20 format. If Hussey & Vijay can keep their wickets intact, taking apart the other bowlers would not be a huge challenge.
Prediction: Barring another Paul Valkattai type performance, CSK should look to win the match comfortably.