Welcome to the doubleheader Saturday of this IPL season. In the first match of this doubleheader, Chennai takes on Punjab on their home ground of Chennai. Here are the complete preview and prediction for this match.
|Match||Chennai Super Kings vs Kings XI Punjab- IPL 2019 Match 18|
|Venue||M.A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai|
|Date||April 06, 2019|
|Time||04:00 pm IST|
Team Chennai Super Kings (Probable 11)
Team Kings XI Punjab (Probable 11)
Ravichandran Ashwin, Sam Curran, Sarfaraz Khan, K L Rahul, M Ashwin, Chris Gayle, David Miller, Mohammed Shami, Mandeep Singh, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mayank Agarwal
The most settled team and most successful team ever meet most unpredictable team ever. Yes, the competition between Chennai and Punjab can be summed like this. But does it hold true in 2019? Kings XI has won 2 matches right after almost losing them. They won a thriller against Rajasthan, and then Delhi gifted them a match after losing 7 for 8. On the other hand, Chennai has won 3 matches in a row before losing to Mumbai (their first in this IPL). The track record thus shows Chennai is still the predictable favourite team with the most balanced line-up.
However, Punjab will be having a lot of confidence winning two close matches. The only problem for Punjab is that their middle order is still not in full flow. After Sam Curran, their death bowling is as sharp as any other team.
Chennai has a strong batting line-up with Bravo batting at no. 7. They have Watson, Raina, Rayadu and Dhoni in the batting along with Jadhav and Jadeja. In bowling, they are missing Nigidi, but still, have a decent pace and spin attack that has worked till now.
So, overall, it still advantages Chennai, especially because they will be playing at their fortress of Chepauk Stadium.