IPL 2019: Can CSK finish as table toppers?
Currently on 18 points, a win will give CSK 20 points, unlikely to be achieved by any other team.

After six weeks of pulsating action, we reach the penultimate game of IPL 2019’s league phase, but turns out, it’s probably the most inconsequential match of the tournament. Chennai Super Kings, who sit comfortably atop the table, will host the already-eliminated Kings XI Punjab. There isn’t much to gain or lose for either team, except some fine tuning. That too, is relevant just for CSK, who would expect some solid competition from KXIP, looking to sign off from the IPL on a high.

Already assured of a Playoff berth, the only incentive for CSK here would be to retain the pole position. A heavy loss to Mumbai Indians saw their net run-rate dip considerably and with just one game left in the league stage, the defending champions need a win to cement their position at the top. Currently on 18 points, a win will give them 20 points, unlikely to be achieved by any other team.

KXIP, who are already out of the play-offs race, would be playing only for pride. With 10 points from 13 games, they are at seventh spot, a rung above bottom-placed Royal Challengers Bangalore. R Ashwin was vocal about how KXIP’s performance inside the Powerplay has been a major concern. But the respective forms of Sam Curran and Nicholas Pooran would give their strong batting line-up hope.

Match Details

What: Match 55, Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings

When: May 5, Sunday

Where: PCA Stadium, Mohali

Time: 4 pm IST

Weather: Clear skies with temperature touching 40 degree

Team News

Chennai Super Kings

For CSK, it may not be a bad idea to rest captain MS Dhoni before the high-octane Playoff games commence.  But the fact that CSK have not won a game in which Dhoni hasn’t played this season, might force the team management reconsider the call. Mitchell Santner has been effective in all the four games he’s played this season and CSK might give him another go.

Probable XI: 1 Shane Watson, 2 Faf du Plessis, 3 Suresh Raina, 4 Kedar Jadhav, 5 MS Dhoni (capt/wk), 6 Ambati Rayudu, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Dwayne Bravo, 9 Deepak Chahar, 10 Harbhajan Singh, 11 Imran Tahir

Kings XI Punjab

Andrew Tye returned expensive figures of 1 for 41, which might pave the way for Hardus Viljoen to return into the XI.

Probable XI: 1 Chris Gayle, 2 KL Rahul, 3 Mayank Agarwal, 4 Nicholas Pooran (wk), 5 Mandeep Singh, 6 Sam Curran, 7 R Ashwin (capt), 8 Andrew Tye, 9 Mohammed Shami, 10 Murugan Ashwin, 11 Arshdeep Singh


Overall: 21

CSK won: 13