KXIP VS CSK – This article brings to you the preview, team news and top Funtasy picks for the 12th match of IPL 2018 between Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings.
Dhoni’s Men in Yellow graced their homecoming by chasing a massive 203-run target against the Kolkata Knight Riders, which was duly powered by Sam Billings. However, the Chennai-based franchise will no more be able to entertain the home crowd as the their home matches have been shifted to Pune owing to Cauvery dispute.
Besides, Kings Xi Punjab skipper Ravichandran Ashwin will be having his nerves jiggling against his fellow Chennai teammates at the IS Bindra Stadium on 15 April.
Kings XI Punjab Team News
Ashwin took a surprising decision against the RCB to exclude David Miller in the process of making way for Aaron Finch who missed the opening game. Nonetheless, Finch had an unforgettable match, getting dismissed for a golden duck.
Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis could be under the scanner after two below-average performances against Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers respectively. His batting hasn’t been up to the mark, while he hasn’t been tried as yet in the bowling department.
David Miller is expected to make his way back into the side in place of Stoinis for the upcoming clash against CSK.
Playing XI (Last Match): KL Rahul (wk), Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Yuvraj Singh, Aaron Finch, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, R Ashwin (capt), Andrew Tye, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mohit Sharma
Chennai Super Kings Team News
Things haven’t been in tandem for the Dhoni-led side in the ongoing IPL edition so far. In what could be a massive blow for Chennai, Suresh Raina is all set to miss his first game for the CSK franchise due to a calf injury he sustained against KKR.
Furthermore, Proteas seamer Lungi Ngidi had to fly back home due to his father’s unfortunate demise. His teammate Faf Du Plessis is still recovering from a finger injury, while Kedar Jadhav has already been ruled out of the tournament, though his replacement David Willey has joined the squad.
Mohali’s bouncy deck may tempt Dhoni to pick Willey straight up in place of Imran Tahir. Murali Vijay could also be offered his maiden game this season to fill in Raina’s spot.
Playing XI (Last Match): SR Watson, AT Rayudu, SK Raina, SW Billings, MS Dhoni (wk, capt), RA Jadeja, DJ Bravo, DL Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, SN Thakur, Imran Tahir
Top Funtasy Picks
Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul – Rahul seems to have been in the form of his life. He is most likely to continue his carnage as swiftly as he did against Delhi and Bangalore.
Chennai Super Kings: Same Billings – The English right hander stood right up to his skipper’s belief during his game changing innings against KKR the other night. He must be a strong contender in your team for the impending encounter.
Punt Pick: Murali Vijay might return in the yellow jersey in place of injured Raina, if fully fit. He is another game changer who could provide some stability out there in the middle.
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