Punjab have suffered due to their over-reliance on their openers Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul. In the last game, both failed and KXIP had to pay a heavy price. Apart from the top two, only Nicholas Pooran has got a few runs. Glenn Maxwell and the rest have been extremely poor, which has hurt the team.
KXIP’s bowling did a reasonable job in the first half against MI, but their death overs performance left much to be desired. James Neesham, in particular, was taken apart in brutal fashion. Sheldon Cottrell came back exceedingly well after the horror against Rajasthan, but Krishnappa Gowtham suffered as he had to bowl the 20th over.
The manner in which they are struggling, Chennai clearly seem to be missing Suresh Raina in the batting order. Senior opener Shane Watson has not been able to get away at all while Kedar Jadhav and skipper MS Dhoni have failed to get going as well. Faf du Plessis has been the only consistent force for CSK. They would hope the recent return of Ambati Rayudu and Dwayne Bravo from injuries would change their luck.
CSK were impressive with the ball in the previous game, but should never have allowed SRH to cross 160 after restricting them to 69 for 4. Deepak Chahar has been highly impressive with his accuracy but Ravindra Jadeja is yet to find form with the ball.
Head-to-Head: The sides have faced each other 21 times in the IPL, with CSK winning 21 and KXIP 9.
CSK Predicted XI: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (C and WK), Kedar Jadhav, Sam Curran, Ravindra Jadeja, DJ Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Shardul Thakur
KXIP Predicted XI: KL Rahul (C and WK), Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Nicholas Pooran, Sarfaraz Khan, Glenn Maxwell, Krishanappa Gowtham, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Sheldon Cottrell
Run scoring has not been easy in Dubai, but those who have got in have been able to dominate. There is enough purchase for spin bowlers.
The temperature in Dubai will around 33-34 degrees Celsius in the evening.