[21 May IPL 2018] CSK Vs KXIP Match Prediction, Pre-Match Analysis, Playing 11 and Betting Tips.

[21 May IPL 2018] CSK Vs KXIP Match Prediction, Pre-Match Analysis, Playing 11 and Betting Tips.

The last match of the qualification round for IPL 2018 will be between the Chennai Super Kings and The Kings XI Punjab on 21st May at MCAS International Stadium (Pune). This might just be the most drama-filled campaign that has stretched out to the last match. CSK have already qualified, Punjab is sitting on 12 points on IPL IPL points table with three other teams with hopes of qualifying. KXIP have an uphill task ahead of them and they need to win by a really big margin in order to qualify. That said in order for KXIP to qualify, KKR, MI, and RCB have to lose their matches. A drama filled last day indeed.  Let us get today’s match preview, playing 11, team news, key players, pre-match analysis and prediction to know which team has more chances of winning today’s match.

Chennai Super Kings

CSK were handed a much-deserved reality check in the last match where they lost out to bottom-placed Delhi Daredevils. Although they are at the second place with qualification already in place, CSK has a lot to worry about. The team needs to be polished out before the first qualifiers take place. Dhoni and Company will be looking to take their strongest XI for the win.


Betting line-up

The backbone of CSK’s batting lineup this season has been Ambati Rayudu. The batsman has scored whether opening the batting or coming down in the middle order. The main factor remains that he has been consistent almost throughout even when others have failed. Sane Watson has been fruitful for CSK this season. The Australian has scored some impressive innings but could not do so against DD. Even MS Dhoni who was at his vintage best in the last few matches failed to create anything spectacular in the last match. As said before, CSK has a lot to polish out before their playoff match. Raina and Jadeja have been inconsistent with the bat this season and Bravo will look to deliver after a woeful last match.

Bowling Line-up

CSK’s bowling has taken some serious hit over hit course of the tournament. The lack of death over bowlers has hurt CSK and they have leaked out runs. Shardul Thakur leads the wicket-takers for CSK and will look to put on a fine performance against a high flying KL Rahul of KXIP. Lungi Ngidi also gave some breathing room for the bowling unit with his performance against DD. The return of Deepak Chahar from injury will surely add dimension to the bowling attack. The experienced spin duo of Ravindra Jadeja and Harbhajan Singh will look to stop runs in the middle overs.

Key Players

Ambati Rayudu will be the obvious threat to the KXIP bowling line up. Dhoni and Watson will also look to secure the top spot for CSK in a heavy hitting match.

Predicted Playing XI

Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Sam Billings, Swayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Lungi Ngidi, Harbhajan Singh, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar.

Kings XI Punjab

Despite a bright start to the IPL 2018 campaign, KXIP faltered in the middle which has left them stranded in the 7th position with 12 points. In their thrilling last match, they lost out to MI with just three runs. This is a do or die game for Punjab with their hopes of qualification resting on a big win against a mighty CSK.


Betting Line-up

Much like CSK, their main batting backbone has been an extremely flamboyant KL Rahul. The opening batsman is the leading the orange cap chase with a staggering 652 runs. His opening partner Chris Gayle showed some destructive batting early on but a dip in form has hurt KXIP. What has hurt Punjab the most is the inconsistency in the middle order line up. The middle order namely, Aaron Finch, Yuvraj Singh, Karun Nair have failed to deliver with the bat. The rest of the team has to help in order to qualify for the playoffs.

Bowling Line-up

Much like the batting unit, the bowling unit has seen a stand-alone performer in Andrew Tye. The Australian is leading the purple cap chase with 24 wickets and has been in phenomenal form. But the rest of the squad looks pretty much bleak when it comes to bowling. To stop a dominating CSK batting, Ashwin needs to shore up his bowlers and restrict CSK.

Key Players

The main weapons for KXIP are KL Rahul and Andrew Tye. The former will look to score big with the bat while the latter will look to restrict CSK.

Predicted Playing XI

KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Yuvraj Singh, Aaron Finch, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Andrew Tye, Mohit Sharma, Ankit Rajpoot.

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CSK Vs KXIP: Where to watch/Live streaming?

TV channels: Star Sports, Willow TV, SuperSport, Sky Sports, Channel 9, Fox Sports, Geo Super, BeIN Sport

Live streaming: Hotstar, Sky Go, Yupp TV, SuperSport.

Where to Get IPL Match Tickets of this match?

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Match Prediction: CSK Vs KXIP: Who Will Win?

It will surely be a battle of Rayudu Vs KL Rahul. The team which will perform with the ball better will have the edge. Chennai Super Kings is favorites to win this match. 

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