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Giant Represent

Two fits, two closing-gasp wins and two injuries. Having squeezed out maximum aspects to this point, Chennai Expansive Kings now trudge staunch into a revamped Kings XI Punjab facet captained by an old buddy in R Ashwin. Kings XI occupy had a seesawing commence to the season: they mowed down Delhi Daredevils nonetheless got here up short towards Royal Challengers Bangalore on Friday. They occupy got relatively lower than forty eight hours to address their weaknesses, particularly their batting.

No matter shedding wickets in a cluster, Kings XI’s batsmen saved going after the bowlers and occupy been in the spoil bowled out with four balls unused of their innings. Such an methodology works handiest whenever you happen to’ve got gotten a fail-real option in the batting line-up. Yuvraj Singh is previous his top whereas Karun Nair, Aaron Finch, and Marcus Stoinis are largely hit-or-miss batsmen. Ashwin, nonetheless, has indicated that the facet will now not curb its aggression after just one loss.

Expansive Kings’ center notify is rickety as successfully, and the injuries to Suresh Raina and Kedar Jadhav occupy forced them to dig deep into their reserves. Ambati Rayudu has given the crew radiant begins in each video games, so, in all chance, there may perchance be a case for him to defend at the tip. Expansive Kings will want to originate a necessity from a fit-all yet again M Vijay and Delhi’s Dhruv Shorey, who is uncapped in the IPL, for the center-notify slot thrown beginning by the absence of Raina.

In the news

Raina will miss a Expansive Kings match for the first time in his profession.

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Jadhav’s replacement David Willey joined the squad on the eve of the match.

Lungi Ngidi may perchance now not be accessible for Sunday’s clash, having flown abet house to South Africa following the loss of life of his father.

Ngidi’s captain at South Africa Faf du Plessis, who is convalescing from a finger injure and a facet rigidity, is “shut” to fat fitness, per coach Stephen Fleming.

The seemingly XIs

Kings XI Punjab 1 KL Rahul (wk), 2 Mayank Agarwal, 3 Aaron Finch/David Miller, 4 Yuvraj Singh/Manoj Tiwary, 5 Karun Nair, 6 Marcus Stoinis, 7 Axar Patel, 8 R Ashwin (capt), 9 Andrew Tye, 10 Mohit Sharma, eleven Mujeeb Zadran

Chennai Expansive Kings 1 Shane Watson, 2 Ambati Rayudu, 3 M Vijay/Dhruv Shorey, 4 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 5 Sam Billings, 6 Ravindra Jadeja, 7 Dwayne Bravo 8 Deepak Chahar, 9 Harbhajan Singh, 10 Shardul Thakur, eleven Imran Tahir

Stats that matter

  • Axar Patel has a supreme file towards Shane Watson, having pushed aside the Australian allrounder five times in five IPL fits

  • MS Dhoni has struggled towards crawl, managing handiest 367 runs off 349 balls with a dot percentage of Forty five.6 since IPL 2015. Ravindra Jadeja has fared worse towards crawl, scoring handiest 157 off 161 balls in the identical period.

  • Mohit Sharma has bagged 25 wickets between overs sixteen and 20 in 43 IPL video games since 2015. He additionally tends to leak runs in the identical phase, even if, as his economy-rate of 9.4 suggests.

Map punt

If Rayudu continues to beginning for CSK, Ashwin may perchance stop successfully to bring himself on accurate away. The spinner has pushed aside Rayudu four times in forty eight balls whereas freely givingof handiest fifty three runs.

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Fantasy dangle

That he can bowl legspin with accuracy too has amplified the possibility posed by Ashwin. He struck with a loopy legbreak in the twelfth over on Friday, laying aside Sarfraz Khan, and bowled an whole of 4 legbreaks in the match for just one trudge. In Kings XI’s tournament opener towards Delhi Daredevils, Ashwin had ventured four legbreaks and conceded three runs.


“There is obviously a lot occurring. The particular is now we occupy two wins out of two. There have not been sizable performances nonetheless scrapping and preventing wins, which at the commence of a tournament is more precious.”
nChennai Expansive Kings coach Stephen Fleming


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