Last day in the group stage sees KXIP take on CSK in what is to be a dead rubber. Final game sees KKR needing a win to go through when they take on MI at their own backyard.
KINGS XI PUNJAB vs CHENNAI SUPER KINGS:
Chennai Super Kings’ only objective in today’s game will be to post a victory and cement their spot in the top two. Apart from that, the side will look to improve their top order batting that hasn’t so far clicked in full flow.
While their opponents are still in with a mathematical chance to make it through to the next round, it looks highly unlikely that they’ll make it there with a very poor net run rate at their disposal.
Despite scoring 183 runs vs KKR in their last game, KXIP bowlers once again let their side down as they surrendered to a loss in just 18 overs. While they have nothing to play for themselves today, they might look to spoil CSK’s party today.
With Punjab having no chance of making it to the next round, Ashwin will use this game to test out his unused players so far this tournament.
Chennai on the other hand still have a lot to play for, hence will field their strongest eleven. Harbhajan Singh will make way for a pacer as the pitch here at Mohali doesn’t aid the spinners.
KXIP: Lokesh Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Mandeep Singh/Karun Nair/Sarfaraz Khan, Nicholas Pooran(w), Sam Curran, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Murugan Ashwin/Harpreet Brar, Ankit Rajpoot, Arshdeep Singh, Andrew Tye.
CSK: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni(w/c), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh/Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir.
MUMBAI INDIANS vs KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS:
With Sunrisers Hyderabad losing to Royal Challengers Bangalore yesterday, the equation becomes quite simple for KKR. Win their last game and they qualify. But it won’t be straight forward as the side will have to come through a strong MI side at their own backyard.
Concerns for KKR lie in their bowling department with the likes of Harry Gurney and Piyush Chawla proving to be very expensive. It also looks to be seen how an inexperienced Sandeep Warrier handles the Wankhede atmosphere in case he plays.
MI themselves have a lot to play for with their sights set on finishing in the top 2. In case CSK go on to lose their last game vs KXIP, MI will only be motivated more to win and top the table.
MI are one of the most in form sides of the tournament. Evin Lewis and Barindar Sran were the only disappointments in their side’s thrilling victory over SRH. But it looks unlikely that Rohit will change their winning eleven.
Every batsmen has so far had a part to play in KKR’s campaign this season. Their main weak link lies in their pace attack. Harry Gurney has been far from impressive so far. While he will most likely keep his place, Chawla could be replaced after proving to be expensive in the last game.
MI: Quinton de Kock(w), Rohit Sharma(c), Evin Lewis/Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Barinder Sran/Beuran Hendricks, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga.
KKR: Chris Lynn, Shubman Gill, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Rinku Singh, Kuldeep Yadav/Piyush Chawla, Sandeep Warrier, Harry Gurney.