IPL 2018 – Chennai Super Kings vs Kings XI Punjab Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Sunday 20th May, 15:30 (UK)

Where? Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium

Weather? A maximum of 38c with clear skies and 41% humidity

What channel is it on? Sky Sports Cricket

Where can I stream the match? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go

Are tickets still available? https://in.bookmyshow.com/sports/cricket/t20-premier-league

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings: Chennai Super Kings W10, Kings XI Punjab W8

THE TEAM NEWS

CHENNAI SUPER KINGS

Coach: Stephen Fleming

Captain: MS Dhoni

  • Chennai provided fans with an extremely lacklustre performance against bottom placed Delhi last time. After being set a target of 163 for victory, Chennai’s batting performance was not indicative of the way their tournament has typically been after limping to a mediocre 128/6 from their 20 overs and they need to lift themselves once again.

  • Chennai will be looking for a turn in form as they approach the finals and Sam Billings is one who has to improve after scoring just 108 runs from his seven innings with 56 of those coming in one match.

  • David Willey was dropped for Ngidi in a sign of Stephen Fleming’s finals plans for the finals and Chennai fielded a very strong XI against Delhi, resisting the urge to rest any players and they will name a strong team once again here.

KINGS XI PUNJAB

Coach: Brad Hodge

Captain: Ravichandran Ashwin

  • The Kings XI have only themselves to blame after a three-run defeat at the hands of the Mumbai Indians last time out as after being set 186 for victory, the Kings XI got their innings off to a great start and looked destined for victory as they reached the 16th over at 145/1. From there, the middle order once again failed to fire as the Kings XI made it four losses in a row.

  • There have been some superb contributors for the Kings XI for IPL 2018 as A.J Tye has taken a league-high 24 wickets whilst K.L Rahul has dominated all year to score 652 runs (second overall). The issue for the Kings XI is the lack of contributors for the entire season with the likes of Aaron Finch and Marcus Stoinis being in and out of the side whilst veteran Yuvraj Singh has barely fired a shot and averaged just 10 runs per innings. Even captain Ravi Ashwin has not performed as many had hoped, taking just 8 wickets and scoring 120 runs for the series.

  • The Kings XI should field their strongest XI in their final match to make it a contest against Chennai and go out on a high.

THE PREDICTION

As we reach the final match of the round-robin series we see two teams who have taken very different paths. Chennai have been dominant from the start and can rest easy having qualified some time ago, whilst the Kings XI have only themselves to blame for a horror run of form which has effectively ended their season. There is a mathematical possibility that the Kings XI reach the play-off however it would require the Mumbai Indians to be defeated by a huge margin and also need the Kings XI defeat Chennai by a staggering amount to make up their horrific net run rate. It is a wonder what has gone wrong after such a bright start to the tournament but the reality is that the Kings XI have been relying on too much from too few to be serious contenders in this tournament. For this match the Kings XI mindset will be severely impacted on the Mumbai match prior but in any case the form and struggles of this team make it hard to back them over the superior Chennai Super Kings.