Cricket match date: 05th May 2019
Cricket match time: 04:00 pm IST
Cricket match location: Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh
Cricket Match format: T20
Tournament: Indian Premier League 2019
Team A: KXIP
Team B: CSK
Team A Captain: R Ashwin
Team B Captain: MS Dhoni
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Cricket Match Preview:
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) will take on each other in their final group game of the tournament. While CSK have already sealed their playoff spot, KXIP are still in the hunt for that elusive spot. CSK have almost sealed their top two spot and they would like to seal it by winning this encounter. KXIP, on the other hand, are on the slippery road once again like last year, where after a bright start, they faded away in the end.
The weekend clash will yet again witness the master MS Dhoni, CSK skipper and his protégé Ravichandran Ashwin, the KXIP captain, taking on each other. While Dhoni is known as ‘Thala’ in these parts of the world and absolutely adored by millions, Ashwin has played his entire cricket for Tamil Nadu.
Not too long ago, R Ashwin used to be a part of Dhoni’s CSK lineup and they won many tournaments together. However, now that they have parted ways, nothing short of an intense affair is expected. Last year, their first game also produced a thriller, where Ashwin’s KXIP came out on top despite Dhoni’s best knock of his Indian Premier League (IPL) career.
Unlike many other seasons, CSK have been all about MS Dhoni in this season. While CSK found many a hero in different cricket games in seasons gone by, Dhoni has been taking them home in almost every cricket game this year. This also shows how reliant CSK are on their captain. Going into the playoffs, this weakness can be exposed by their opponents hence, they would like to see other players get back in form soon.
It is going to be an important game as we approach the business end of the tournament. It was at this stage that KXIP lost all their momentum last year and ultimately lost out on the playoff spot. So, they will look to finish on a high and see if other results go their way so that they can get into the playoffs this year.
Cricket Match Information:
KXIP and CSK will take on each other for the second time in the IPL 2019. While CSK were going to play their fourth cricket game against MI by the time this piece is being written, KXIP had already played four games of cricket.
Kings XI Punjab
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
KXIP are being led by Ravichandran Ashwin for the second year in a row. This year has followed the same pattern for Ashwin’s team as once again, they are struggling to get into the playoffs. Our prediction is of the same playing eleven that played in their last cricket game.
Here is our prediction of KXIP’s playing XI:
- KL Rahul
- Chris Gayle
- Andrew Tye
- Ravichandran Ashwin
- Mohammad Sami
- Mayank Agarwal
- GC Viljoen
- Ankit Rajpoot
- Mujeeb ur Rahman
- Mandeep Singh
- David Miller
Chennai Super Kings
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
CSK will be led by the ever so dependable MS Dhoni. Under his leadership, they have been three-time champions and have reached the playoffs this year as well. Our prediction is of the same playing eleven that played in their last cricket game.
Here is our prediction of CSK’s playing XI:
- Shane Watson
- Mitch Santner
- Suresh Raina
- Ambati Rayudu
- MS Dhoni
- DJ Bravo
- Kedar Jadhav
- Deepak Chahar
- Harbhajan Singh
- Imran Tahir
- Ravindra Jadeja
Cricket Statistics and Prediction:
KL Rahul has hit five half-centuries in this year’s IPL but still has not looked his very best. Rahul looked in good touch in the last cricket game. Our prediction is of a good outing for him in this cricket game.
Cricket Match Conditions and Pitch:
The pitch in Mohali is very good to bat on but the bigger ground also aids the bowlers as they can build some pressure in the absence of frequent boundaries. Our prediction is of a score of around 180 this time around. Conditions are expected to be dry.
CSK will begin this game of cricket as favourites. They have reached the playoffs this year as well hence, our prediction is of CSK’s victory.
Top Batsman (Prediction):
KL Rahul (KXIP) – 50+ runs
Top Bowler (Prediction):
Imran Tahir (CSK) – 2 or more wickets
Most Sixes (Prediction):
KL Rahul (KXIP)
Kings XI Punjab – 2.10
Chennai Super Kings – 1.71
*odds may change anytime