Chennai Super Kings
CSK’s recent “spark” is making wonders for the side, and will be an integral part of the squad for CSK’s next season. Their last ball thrill victory against KKR will provide them with huge mental support for this IPL’s last game against KXIP. CSK had complicated KKR’s entry into the playoff and now they have an even better chance to eliminate Punjab from the playoffs. CSK defeated Punjab earlier in the tournament by 10 wickets and they would be looking to move into this game with the same momentum. CSK has nothing to lose and will be playing to entertain their fans with a splendid display of batting and bowling. They could also be experimenting with their bench strength.
Possible – 11
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shane Watson, Ambathi Rayudu, Narayan Jagadeesan, MS Dhoni (C&WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Deepak Chahar, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Lungi Ingidi.
Kings XI Punjab
After a bitter first half, Punjab turned the tables in the second half of the season with more than a few comfortable wins. Despite a good total on board, their previous encounter against RR went on the losing side. Punjab is in a must-win situation in order to qualify for playoffs. KXIP has already played against CSK and lost that match by 10 wickets. Punjab has the opportunity to replicate CSK’s show against them at the last league match in 2010. After the arrival of the universal boss, the Punjab team has shifted gears to win back to back games comfortably. Maxwell’s powerplay bowling has helped the team to utilize Shami more towards the death overs. No change in the squad is expected.
Possible – 11
KL Rahul (C&WK), Mandeep Singh, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Glen Maxwell, Chris Jordan, Deepak Hooda, Mohammad Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Murugan Ashwin, Arshdeep Singh.
CSK has nothing to lose, while Punjab needs to be very careful as any small mistake could cost them their ticket to playoffs. In an interesting evening clash between these two teams, CSK will have an edge. But still, Gayle and Rahul will be the key to Punjab’s victory. Will they perform? Yes we think so, but even then CSK will have a comfortable win.
Chennai Super Kings has an edge in this interesting clash.
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