Arun Gopalakrishnan in Mumbai 27 April 2012 - 11:32pm IST
Preview: Match 37 – CSK v KXIP
It’s the battle of the Kings as Chennai Super Kings host Kings XI Punjab
Match 37 of DLF IPL 2012 will see defending champions Chennai Super Kings go head to head with Kings XI Punjab for the first time this season.
The Chennai Super Kings are currently placed among the top four teams in the points table. They split points with Royal Challengers Bangalore in their previous outing after rain forced the match to be abandoned. Kings XI Punjab meanwhile are coming from a gutting last-over defeat at the hands of the Mumbai Indians. David Hussey’s men dominated that match for most parts, but were outsmarted at the very end by Robin Peterson and Ambati Rayudu.
Kings XI Punjab are currently languishing eighth place in the nine-team table and have three wins from eight outings. They need at least six more wins from their remaining eight matches to be in contention for a place in the playoffs.
Saturday, April 28, 2012, 04:00 p.m.
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
The Chennai Super Kings are far from the well-oiled unit that went on to win the title last season. They’ve won matches not because the team has performed as a unit, but because one or two individuals have contributed and seen them home. Faf du Plessis has been the lone consistent performer for the defending champions; the South African is the team’s leading run-getter and has scored runs in all but one inning this season.
For MS Dhoni’s team to be the force they were last season, they need Suresh Raina to fire with the bat and R Ashwin to start picking up wickets.
Kings XI Punjab may be missing their captain Adam Gilchrist, but stand-in-captain David Hussey has more than made up for his absence by leading from the front. The junior Hussey top-scored for his team in two of the three matches since taking over captaincy and he is one of their premier batsmen alongside Shaun Marsh.
Keep an eye on the impressive Parvinder Awana, who is currently KXIP’s leading wicket-taker alongside Piyush Chawla, despite playing in only four of KXIP’s eight matches. The list of batsmen dismissed by the 25-year-old makes for interesting reading; he’s seen the back of Kieron Pollard and Rohit Sharma on two occasions, and picked up the wickets of Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, Saurabh Tiwary and Mayank Agarwal among others.
The Chennai Super Kings have generally dominated their contests against Kings XI Punjab. The two teams have met on eight occasions, and the former have emerged victors six times. KXIP’s first win over CSK was when they won the Super Over in Chennai in 2010. Their only other victory against CSK was when they met in Mohali last season; on that occasion, KXIP chased down 189 with six wickets in hand.
MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai has hosted the most IPL matches – 27.
Kings XI Punjab have conceded the most fours this season – 110.
The Chennai Super Kings will take the field in two days time as they host the Kolkata Knight Riders on April 30. David Hussey and his boys will enjoy some time off before their next clash against the Royal Challengers Bangalore in Bengaluru on May 2.