Arun Gopalakrishnan in Mumbai 09 April 2013 - 10:08pm IST
Preview : Match 11 – KXIP vs CSK
KXIP hold psychological edge over CSK
The Pepsi IPL 2013 Caravan will make its first appearance in Mohali when Kings XI Punjab host the formidable Chennai Super Kings.
A clinical performance saw the Kings XI Punjab register a convincing eight-wicket victory in their season opener against Pune Warriors India. They will be keen to build on that early confidence, especially playing in their own backyard.
The Chennai Super Kings meanwhile suffered a setback at the hands of Mumbai Indians in their tournament opener. The two-time champions, who are known to be slow starters, will be keen to get their first points on the board in this fixture.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 8 p.m
Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali
MS Dhoni revived what looked like a lost cause in the match against the Mumbai Indians. The skipper looked in good-hitting form and that bodes well for the two-time champions. Among the game’s best finishers, Dhoni has resisted suggestions asking for him to bat up the order. Albie Morkel’s arrival has further bolstered the CSK squad – though his participation is in doubt after he suffered an ankle injury in his last T20 match back home. In Suresh Raina and R Ashwin, CSK have two established performers in T20 cricket, and a lot will ride on their performances too.
The 19-year old Manan Vohra impressed with his temperament and choice of shots in his team’s win over Pune Warriors India. The teenager will be keen to build on the reputation he established in that match. Adam Gilchrist, who said he’d trained a lot harder in the run-up to IPL VI, looked to be hitting the ball well and even muscled a couple of shots in his team’s season opener. He and David Hussey are the two other important names in the KXIP batting line-up.
The Chennai Super Kings have an edge over the Kings XI Punjab in contests between the two teams. Off the ten meetings between the two teams, CSK have won six while KXIP won three. The other contest ended in a tie after 40 overs and KXIP edged past CSK in the Super Over.
Last season, KXIP defeated CSK in both the league fixtures; they clinched a thriller by seven runs at Chennai and then convincingly defeated CSK by six wickets at Dharamsala.
David Hussey is the second-most capped player in T20 cricket. The 35-year old has so far appeared in 199 T20 matches and has scored 4829 runs (which is the third highest aggregate in T20 cricket).
Kings XI Punjab will head across to Jaipur for their clash against the Rajasthan Royals on April 14. The Chennai Super Kings will head back home to host their neighbours Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 13.