IPL 2019, Match 18 – CSK vs KXIP: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

IPL 2019, Match 18 – CSK vs KXIP: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

Dwayne Bravo is likely to miss the game due to a hamstring injury.

Chennai Super Kings
Chennai Super Kings. (Photo: IANS)

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) are two of the most in-form teams in this edition’s Indian Premier League (IPL). Both have won three matches out of four and are in the top half of the points table. However, their fates in the previous matches were a tad different. The Punjab-based franchise came out trumps against the Delhi Capitals (DC) from a position of trouble.

On the contrary, the MS Dhoni-captained Super Kings lost to the Mumbai Indians (MI) and the defeat ended their three-match winning streak. The two teams are now scheduled to lock horns at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai in the first of tomorrow’s doubleheader. Punjab can’t be taken lightly as they won two of their five matches against the might of CSK at the very venue.

Match Details:

The 18th game of the IPL between CSK and KXIP will be hosted by MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

The match starts at 04:00 PM local time (10:30 AM GMT).

The game will be live on Star Sports in India. (Live streaming on Hotstar).

Weather Conditions

The atmosphere won’t be a pleasant one for the players by any means with the temperature hovering in the high 30s. It will also be humid with the percentages around 75. Players need to stay hydrated during the course of the game.

Last five completed T20 matches: (Most recent- first)

CSK – L, W, W, W, W

KXIP – W, W, L, W, L

Pitch Condition/Report:

Average first-innings score:  185 – Last 4 D/N IPL matches

Record of chasing teams: Won – 0, Lost – 4

Probable Playing XI:

Chennai Super Kings

Ambati Rayudu, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (c)(wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Scott Kuggelejin

Bench: Murali Vijay, Karn Sharma, Shane Watson, Sam Billings, Harbhajan Singh, Dhruv Shorey, Monu Kumar, Mitchell Santner, Chaitanya Bishnoi, N Jagadeesan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, KM Asif, DJ Bravo

Kings XI Punjab

KL Rahul (wk), Sam Curran, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Hardus Viljoen, Ravichandran Ashwin, Varun Chakravarthy, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami

Bench: Nicholas Pooran, Karun Nair, Moises Henriques, Harpreet Brar, Simran Singh, Varun Chakravarthy, Arshdeep Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Agnivesh Ayachi, Sam Curran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Ankit Rajpoot.

Team News:

Dwayne Bravo developed a hamstring injury in the last match and may not play.

Power Picks:

Dhoni vs KXIP in IPL: 19 inns 548 runs 54.80 average 157.92 S/R 5 fifties

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain Options: KL Rahul, Suresh Raina, Sam Curran

Vice-Captain Options: Sam Curran, Kedar Jadhav, David Miller

Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Head to Head/ Small Leagues:

Keeper – KL Rahul

Batsmen – Suresh Raina (C), Kedar Jadhav, David Miller, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan

All-Rounders – Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran (VC)

Bowlers – Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar, Mohammed Shami

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Grand/Mega Leagues:

Keeper – MS Dhoni

Batsmen – Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav (VC), Ambati Rayudu, Chris Gayle, David Miller

All-Rounders – Ravi Ashwin, Sam Curran (C)

Bowlers – Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Hardus Viljoen


Expert Advice:

The pitch is expected to provide enough spin and hence, picking more spinners than pacers is advisable for the next game and also because dew isn’t expected to play a part.

If Chris Gayle comes in then Mandeep Singh is likely to face the axe.

Probable Winners:

The Super Kings are most likely to win the match

*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.

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