Match 12 of IPL 2018 is going to be really exciting since it will see MS Dhoni clash with R Ashwin who has been a part of CSK for the last 8 seasons. After two thrilling last-minute victories, Chennai Super Kings will hope to sustain their winning streak. Meanwhile, Kings XI Punjab will look to bounce back after their close call against RCB.
Overall: Matches – 18
Chennai Super Kings – 11
Kings XI Punjab – 7
The Kings – Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab will battle against each other at Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali.
Average 1st innings score: 163
Average 2nd innings score: 152
Highest Total: 240/5 (20 Ov) by CKS vs KXIP
Lowest Total: 67/10 (15.2 Ov) by DD vs KXIP
Highest score chased: 194/4 (18 Ov) by KXIP vs RCB
Lowest score defended: 106/6 (10 Ov) by KXIP vs RCB
(The above stats include only the IPL matches played at Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali.)
The Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium is a favorable pitch for batsmen with little help for bowlers in limited format. Score around 170-190 can be promising.
How do the teams stack up?
Kings XI Punjab
The batting lineup of KXIP is sitting pretty and will be expected to luck out in their home ground also. Punjab supporters are hoping to see some brilliant shots by Yuvaraj Singh, but his poor form continues. Mohit Sharma’s bowling was a rotten luck for the Kings XI in their previous match against RCB. The squad is likely to remain the same.
Probable XI: KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Yuvraj Singh, Karun Nair, Aaron Finch, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin (captain), Andrew Tye, Mohit Sharma, Mujeeb-ur- Rahman
Players to watch out for: KL Rahul, Ravichandran Ashwin, Karun Nair
Chennai Super Kings
Following the absence of Faf du Plessis and Kedhar Jadhav, Chennai will miss Suresh Raina due to his calf injury. Murali Vijay or Dhruv Shorey is likely to be seen in tomorrow’s playing XI, which means the opening partnership of Watson and Rayudu is liable to be dissolved. Bravo’s all-round show and Sam Billings’s fiery shots are expected to continue.
Probable Playing 11: Shane Watson, Murali Vijay, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (Captain), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Billings, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur and Imran Tahir
Players to watch: Dwayne Bravo, Sam Billings, Shane Watson