Chennai Super Kings will look to get back to winning ways when they take on Kings XI Punjab in a blockbuster Indian Premier League (IPL) contest as the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Saturday.
Chennai currently top the IPL table having won three out of their four matches however, they know a loss against KXIP could see them move down the table with Sunrisers Hyderabad breathing down their neck.
CSK suffered a big blow ahead of the match as all-rounder Dwayne Bravo was ruled out of the tournament for two weeks. The Trinidad cricketer suffered the injury during the team’s loss to Mumbai Indians on Wednesday.
The leadership styles of Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni and Kings XI Punjab captain Ravichandran Ashwin are in focus as the two teams lock horns for the 18th match of IPL 2019 at the Chepauk for Saturday’s first match. Dhoni’s ability to stay calm versus Ashwin’s out-of-the-box decisions will make for an interesting contest. Both teams currently have six points from four matches and a win on Saturday will propel them to the top of the table.
Meanwhile Ashwin Ravichandran’s wife Prithi Ashwin shared an article of ESCP Cricinfo and captioned it as “R Ashwin: The original Chennai Super King comes home – via ESPNCricinfo app”
R Ashwin: The original Chennai Super King comes home – via ESPNCricinfo app https://t.co/dJlL1DCvm1
— Prithi Ashwin (@prithinarayanan) April 6, 2019
Check out the reactions for her tweet post here :
அப்பறம் ஏன் கிங்க ரீட்டைன் பண்ணலயாம்?! https://t.co/hd9Bt5ZFPs
— RCB’s G.Ѳ.А.T (@iParth_) April 6, 2019
Original super king yaarunu iniki theriyum#thaladhoni❤️
— vignesh (@VickyVignesh184) April 6, 2019
Original sooper king maaru vesathula punjab team laa irukara madam 😌
— Monster_Anand (@Monster_PGz) April 6, 2019
I still root for him but just not for his team! 💛
But once a superking always a superking
— IjaazHasan (@hasan_ijaaz) April 6, 2019
Replacing injured Lungi Ngidi, New Zealand bowling all-rounder Scott Kuggeleijn is all set to don the CSK jersey for the first time. Winning the toss Dhoni said “We will bat first. The wicket looks good to bat on initially, it’s hard on the top. The wickets that we played on mostly were on the slower side. It’s important to keep backing your strengths, irrespective of how many runs you’re putting on the board. Lots of changes for us. Mohit, Shardul and Bravo are out. Scott Kuggeleijn, Harbhajan and Faf come into the XI.”
Here’s the playing 11 of the teams :
Kings XI Punjab (Playing XI): Lokesh Rahul(w), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Sam Curran, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Andrew Tye, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami
Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni(w/c), Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Scott Kuggeleijn, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir