Dubai: Worried over a disappointing start to the Indian Premier League (IPL), Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will be desperate to find answers to their difficult situation in the clash against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) on Sunday. The team, which used to be on top in their game in the previous stages, is now at the bottom of the points table after losing 3 matches in 2 matches and this is a completely different situation for the team led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
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Despite good players, nothing is working for the team. He made 3 changes in the playing XI in the match against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Friday, the return of Ambati Rayudu and the presence of Dwayne Bravo also could not win the team. Barring Faf du Plessi, he suffered 3 consecutive defeats due to lack of top order and slow run pace in the middle overs and a habit of giving up more runs for the end of the match.
After the third defeat, Dhoni’s face could be read clearly. He said, ‘We had lost 3 matches in a row long time ago. We need to make a lot of things right. This is the professional attitude. We have to catch catches, no ball balls. These things can be controlled and perhaps we are becoming more relaxed.
Chennai will need a batsman of his top order to score runs on the board and also take care of the middle-rate run rate. If this happens, it will help Dhoni to get a grip. Dhoni has batted under a lot of pressure in the opening matches and his and his team’s failure is looking very bad due to immense expectations.
If the team collects a lot of runs in the middle overs, then it will help Dhoni and the other lower-order batsmen. But this task will not be so easy as they will be against the team that is batting brilliantly, although the results were not in their favor.
Chennai Super Kings probable playing XI: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessi, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (captain and wicketkeeper), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curren, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla and Shardul Thakur.
Full team of Chennai Superkings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain, wicketkeeper), Murali Vijay, Ambati Rayudu, Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, Kedar Jadhav, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Lungi Ngidi, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Imran Tahir, Mitchell Sentner, Josh Hazlewood, Shardul Thakur, Sam Curren, N Jagadishan, KM Asif, Monu Kumar, R Sai Kishore, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Karn Sharma.
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Kings XI Punjab captain KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal are in excellent form. The Punjab team, despite scoring more than 200 runs twice, has lost it due to its limited bowlers. Apart from Mohammed Shami, no other bowler was successful in stopping the batsmen of the opposition team. Chennai Super Kings should try to take advantage of this and they should cover the Punjab top order quickly. Expectations of change are quite low in Kings XI Punjab
Kings XI Punjab Probable Playing XI: KL Rahul (captain and wicketkeeper). Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Glenn Maxwell, Nicholas Pooran, James Neesham, Sarfaraz Khan, Krishnappa Gowtham, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami and Sheldon Cottrell
Kings XI Punjab Full Tim: KL Rahul (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Sheldon Cottrell, Chris Gayle, Glenn Maxwell, Mohammed Shami, Mujib ur Rehman, Karun Nair, James Neesham, Nicholas Pooran, Ishan Porel, Arshadip Singh, Murugan Ashwin, Krishnappa Gautam, Harpreet Brar, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Ravi Bishnoi, Simran Singh, Jagdish Suchit, Tajinder Singh, Hardas Willogen.
Toss Time: Indian time today at 7 pm
Match Start Time: Indian time today at 7:30 pm
field: Dubai International Stadium