The Chennai Super Kings head into their final league game sitting comfortably on top. Meanwhile, the Kings XI Punjab are desperate to squeeze into the final playoffs slot. This CSK vs KXIP match is merely a formality, with the positions nearly decided.
Both teams come into this match with nothing to lose in IPL 2019. However, the Chennai Super Kings are aiming to establish their dominance, while Punjab are aiming for a home win.
Predicted Playing 11
Weather and pitch report
Since the CSK vs KXIP match is set to commence at 4PM, it will obviously be very hot in Mohali. However, some cloud cover is expected but no rain, so the dew factor will not come into play at any point in the match.
The pitch in Mohali offers some good bounce which can benefit the pace attack of either team. However, it has slowed down significantly over the years and has become a batsman’s hunting ground.
There have been a total of 20 CSK vs KXIP clashing in IPL’s 12-year history. The Super Kings have laid claim to 12 wins compared to the Kings XI’s 8. The Chennai Super Kings also lead the high score statistic with a 240-run score compared to 231. In the lowest score department, CSK have 120 compared to KXIP’s 92. Coming to the IPL 2019 season, during the Chennai Super Kings home leg, the host won by 22 runs.
With the World Cup in mind, KL Rahul will have eased off from wicketkeeping to focus on batting. So, Nicholas Pooran steps up to the plate and has already notched up 132 runs from 6 matches at a strike rate of 155.29.
Among the five batsmen, two hail from the Super Kings and three representatives from the Kings XI. They are, Suresh Raina and Shane Watson for CSK, and Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul and Chris Gayle for KXIP. Raina has a highest score of 59 runs at a strike rate of 126.44. Watson has a 96 at a strike rate of 127.41.
KXIP’s Rahul has a high score of an unbeaten 100* at a strike rate of 129.85. Meanwhile Gayle has an astounding unbeaten 99* runs at a strike rate of 158.76. Finally, Agarwal has a high score of 58 to his credit at a strike rate of 142.54.
Two all-rounders make the CSK vs KXIP list, with Ravindra Jadeja for CSK and Ravichandran Ashwin for KXIP. Jadeja has a total of 101 runs and 12 wickets at an economy of 6.37 and Ashwin has 42runs and 15 wickets at an economy of 7.39.
For the bowling trio, the Kings XI have the majority, with Arshdeep Singh and Murugan Ashwin. The final spot is taken by Chennai’s Imran Tahir, who is enjoying a great IPL stint. Singh has played only three matches and picked up 2 wickets at an economy of 10.90. Meanwhile Ashwin has 5 wickets at an economy of 7.16. Tahir trumps all of them with an astonishing 21 wickets and an economy of 6.30.
Captain and vice captain
CSK skipper MS Dhoni will be vital for Chennai in the batting and keeping department. This is their last game before the playoffs begin and Dhoni is eager to send a warning to other teams. Backing him in your Dream 11 team can earn valuable points. However, Shane is also a decent backup for the vice captain’s berth as he has been in terrific form.
On the other side of the fence, Ravichandran Ashwin will be leading from the front for KXIP. But whatever you do, don’t rule out the Gaylestorm, his big-hitting abilities can churn out the runs and help in your Dream 11.