Ashwin has had poor bowling record against KXIP © IANS
Ravichandran Ashwin holds a poor bowling record against KXIP © IANS

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) have a psychological advantage over Chennai Super Kings (CSK) thanks to their past records in Indian Premier League 2014. Abhijit Banare analyses KXIP’s batting against CSK’s bowling.

A run of 206 for four, 231 for four, 226 for six — a total of 663 runs scored in 353 balls by Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premier League 2014 (IPL) — is not good message for the latter. KXIP clearly has CSK in the web even before the start of the run-fest in the second qualifier at Wankhede Stadium. What makes things worse for CSK is that on all three occasions they ended up on the losing side.

CSK KXIP Result

1

205/4 206/4 KXIP win by 6 wkts

2

187/7 231/4 KXIP won by 44 runs

3

202/7 226/6 KXIP win by 24 runs

 

Threat from finishers: KXIP batting is an even more threatening unit now. In IPL 2014, Mitchell Johnson was a regular name in the playing XI and his presence kept a quality all-rounder like Thisara Perera on the bench. In David Miller, George Bailey and Perera, KXIP have one of the most dangerous middle-order who can run away with the match in the death.

Win toss, bat first: Two of the above three wins for KXIP came batting first. Even though it is a usual trend in T20s, KXIP will not hesitate to bat first and put pressure on CSK to take the match beyond their reach. However, in either case, the CSK bowlers have a task on hand.

Dhoni’s spin woes: Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have been Dhoni’s go-to option in times of crisis. These two have often managed to get breakthroughs. However, in all the three matches against KXIP in IPL 2014, Ashwin and Jadeja have gone at an economy rate of at least 10. This shows how well Punjab have dominated the CSK bowling.

And if that was not enough, here is what Dhoni had to say after CSK were hit for runs in the high-scoring match against Dolphins in this edition: “If you want to win tournaments you have to come up with better performances, our batsmen won’t score 240 every time. With our bowling struggling slightly it was important to get those 15-20 extra runs, even if we go down trying to get those runs.”

Dhoni himself has enjoyed psychological battles against bowlers, but the same can’t be said about his own bowlers against KXIP. Interesting match on the cards.

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(Abhijit Banare is a reporter at CricketCountry. He is an avid quizzer and loves to analyse and dig out interesting facts which allows him to learn something new every day. Apart from cricket he also likes to keep a sharp eye on Indian politics, and can be followed on Twitter at @AbhijitVirgo)