IPL 2019, Match 55, KXIP vs CSK: Match Prediction – Weather Report, Pitch Conditions, Playing XIs and Live Streaming Details

In Mohali, CSK have a 3-2 lead over the Punjab franchise.

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Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) would be in a completely different frame of mind as the teams experienced contrasting fortunes in their respective last matches. The CSK, captained by MS Dhoni, thumped the Delhi Capitals (DC) by 80 runs. Their spinners, especially Imran Tahir, came to the party and wreaked havoc. Another victory will confirm them a spot in the top two of the table.

Their next encounter is against the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at the PCA Stadium in Mohali. Last time around in 2018, KXIP defeated CSK at the very venue, yet the Super Kings have a 3-2 lead. Punjab are coming off a seven-wicket defeat against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at home itself. Ravi Ashwin’s men are currently dependent on a few of the other results to go their way in a bid to qualify for the playoffs.

Pitch Report

The track in Punjab has assisted the team batting second. The games haven’t been overly high-scoring, but runs have flowed at a decent rate. The pitch doesn’t have much for the bowlers and only the long boundaries at the venue are a source of relief for the bowlers.

Weather Report

The temperature will be high with the numbers between the 39 degrees Celsius to 34 degrees Celsius. The conditions won’t be humid though and the percentage is as low as 8. Most importantly, there is no threat of rain for the first of tomorrow’s doubleheader, much to KXIP’s relief.

Team Combination

Kings XI Punjab

KXIP may leave out Andrew Tye and bring in Hardus Viljoen. Tye picked up Chris Lynn’s wicket against KKR, but he was taken to the cleaners. Punjab may prefer Ankit Rajpoot in place of Arshdeep Singh in order to add some experience to their lineup. Arshdeep bowled two overs and conceded 24 runs. It will also be interesting to see how the Punjab batsmen tackle the Chennai spinners.

Probable XI

Chris Gayle, KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran (WK), Mandeep Singh, Sam Curran, Ravi Ashwin (C), Hardus Viljoen, Mohammed Shami, Murugan Ashwin, Ankit Rajpoot

Chennai Super Kings

CSK may not tinker with their winning combination following their resounding 80-run victory against the Capitals. Shane Watson’s form would be a matter of concern as barring the 96 against SRH, he has looked rusty, having scored at an average of 19.30. MS Dhoni’s fitness has been an issue and the Super Kings would want their main man to be fit going into the all-important playoffs.

Probable XI

Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (C & WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir

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Probable Top Performer

KL Rahul- Kings XI Punjab

Rahul has got runs pretty comfortably with 522 runs at an average of 52.20. His knocks have attributed to a number of KXIP’s victories in the last two seasons. He got out for 2 against KKR, but he is more than capable of making a comeback. Last time, his knock of 55 against CSK went in vain and this time around, he will be keen to convert it into a match-winning one and maybe take his team through to the playoffs.

Suresh Raina- Chennai Super Kings

Raina hasn’t been that bad, having got 306 runs. The southpaw has shown sparks of brilliance but has looked a tad lifeless going by the standards he has set for himself over the years. Against DC, he scored 59 and the knock would’ve given him a whole lot of confidence. He hasn’t played back-to-back good innings thus far and he will be keen to play another decent hand before moving into the playoffs.

Broadcast Details

TV – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 1 Select HD

Live Streaming – Hotstar

Match Timings – 16:00 IST

The prediction is for the team, batting second to win the match.

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