Kings XI Punjab at one point of the tournament were expected to be the first team to qualify for the playoffs. The Ashwin led team’s heavy reliance on the opening batsmen and a few bowlers turned out to be fatal for them in the second half of IPL. Kings XI Punjab would now have to wait for a miracle to strike in today’s game that might give them a chance for a seat in playoffs.
Chennai Super Kings yet again qualified for the playoffs for the ninth consecutive time in IPL history. It has become a habit for them to end up in the top 4 , rightly being tagged as the King of IPL in the process.
let’s look at what might be the outcome in today’s game between the Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings
Venue : Maharastra Cricket Association Stadium , Pune
If Kings XI Punjab bats first : Predicted score 150+
KL Rahul’s never ending thirst for runs has been the sole reason KXIP is still in the tournament. He has taken the burden of the team on his shoulders in all these 13 games played so far. His team though hasn’t been able to capitalize on his stellar innings. They have been failing again and again majorly as a batting unit .
Universe Boss Chris Gayle started the tournament by registering a rock solid century against SRH. Somewhere in the middle , he lost the momentum and since then has been failing to contribute even 50 + scores for the team. Aaron Finch , one of the best T20 players of world cricket at the moment , has also not struck the right chord with his batting. Indian players Karun Nair , Mayank Agarwal have been a let down this season.
Yuraj Singh, once a destructive batsman of the game is not less than a burden for his team at the moment. His dismal performances will surely not let KXIP or any other franchise to bring him in for the next season.
Even Head Coach Brad Hodge opened up regarding his team’s pathetic run in the tournament. He states the the inconsistency of the middle order and the over reliance on few players as they reason for their flop shows.
Considering kXIP need a massive victory to set things going for playoffs, KL Rahul and Chris Gayle would be expected to go for smacking over the park hitting from the beginning. Only time can say whether the middle order will click in tonight’s game or not.
If Chennai Super Kings bats first : Predicted score 170+
Chennai Super Kings have made it to the playoffs yet another time. Their consistency in the cash rich tournament has led them being called as the Kings of IPL. Tonight’s just a formality game for the them .They already are in the 2nd position in the points table. A victory over KXIP might send them to the 1st position.
Still , everything hasn’t been smooth for Chennai Super Kings . This season though, they have been facing minor flaws in their game which didn’t go well with skipper MS Dhoni. He was seen being verbal about his team’s failure as a fielding unit . Also ,their dismal death over bowling has been an alarming issue for some matches now.
Ambati Rayudu will look to regain the orange cap from Kane Williamson by scoring yet again crucial runs for the team in today’s game. MS Dhoni and Shane Watson have been in terrific touch with the bat this season. Suresh Raina would want to get back into his form of a match winner for CSK. He hasn’t been consistent with his game following some injuries .
Raina has scored 330 runs till now this season and is 20 short of reaching 350 runs . That’s a record in itself , to have scored 350+ runs in each edition for the past 10 years . The middle order consisting of Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo might give the team some short bursts of runs in couple of overs.
So when batting first, they will be looking to score atleast 170+ in tonight’s game.