CSK Vs KXIP Match Prediction & Analysis 15th April. Who Will Win today?

CSK Vs KXIP Match Prediction & Analysis 15th April. Who Will Win today?

Kings XI Punjab Vs Chennai Super Kings to be played at PCA Stadium, Mohali. Turn to our page and check the weekend mania starting from tomorrow. Match prediction alongside the starting XI of both sides and a coverage of what we can expect.

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP)


Kings XI Punjab has had a disparate beginning to their IPL 2018 campaigning, beating Delhi Daredevils by 6 wickets in their first match which was at home after which they were beaten away at the Chinnaswamy Stadium by Royal Challengers Bangalore. The Punjab outfit, like many other teams, have a new skipper this time around in the form of Ravichandran Ashwin.

The team, however, is strongly dependant on KL Rahul, who has had a good start to the tournament and would be looking to continue his fine form. They have a handy group of overseas stars, making it difficult for them to settle onto one particular team, which could prove to be both advantageous as well as disadvantageous as the long tournament carries on. Overseas players like Aaron Finch, Marcus Stoinis, Chris Gayle, David Miller and Andrew Tye would like to cement their respective spots in the team, as 17-year old Afghan Mujeeb Ur Rahman is the black horse, having taken the big wicket of Virat Kohli in their previous match.

The experienced Yuvraj Singh returns to the franchise he started his IPL journey as though, he is yet to fire on all cylinders. They have their share of Indian talent as well with the likes of Mayank Agarwal, Axar Patel, Karun Nair and Mohit Sharma. Their strength lies in their bowling which is poised with some elegant variety. Their spin department seems formidable with the unknown Mujeeb, the wily Axar Patel and of course, the ever-consistent Ashwin. Tye, Mohit Sharma, and Stoinis make a reasonable pace trio as well. Their death bowling could prove to be one of their trump cards deep down into the tournament with their bowling coverage. Their middle order looks a bit shaky and players like Karun Nair, Yuvraj Singh, and David Miller would want to get a big score in the coming days. Our prediction is that Miller would reclaim his place with Finch likely to sit this match out. KL Rahul and Ashwin are the players to watch out for in this match. Ashwin, in particular as he knows this CSK side inside out.

KXIP Predicted Playing XI

KL Rahul (wk ), Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Yuvraj Singh, David Miller, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin ( c ), Mohit Sharma, Mujeeb Ur Rahman

Chennai Super Kings (CSK)


Chennai Super Kings have had a solid start to IPL 11. Its almost as if CSK havent missed a beat as they continue from exactly where they left 3 years ago. They are on a run of 2 successive victories with impressive wins against two of the pre-tournament favorites Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders with two magnificent chases one at The Wankhede in what was the opening match of the tournament and the other at their home ground. CSK have retained some of their key players with skipper MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina,  Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo donning canary yellow again. Their opening pair is in sparkling pair comprising Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu too. CSK, however, has been dealt a blow with a calf injury to their all-time top scorer Suresh Raina following the omission of Kedar Jadhav from IPL 2018 due to a bad hamstring injury. Their bowling department is extremely strong once again with some world class inclusions.

They have a trio of top quality and varied spinners comprising the match-winner Imran Tahir, the experienced Harbhajan Singh, and the phenomenal Ravindra Jadeja. Their weakness, however, is their pace department where they lack the firepower of previous seasons. Youngsters Shardul Thakur and Deepak Chahar have big responsibilities on their shoulders whereas seasoned Shane Watson and Dwayne Bravo are way past their prime. The two veterans can still pack a punch though and if CSK can find a way of incorporating Mark Wood into their line-up, they can become a force to reckon with. Their biggest concern, however, will be to mind able and quick replacements for the injured Raina and Jadhav. It can prove to be a monumental task to replace two players of such quality. Dhoni too hasnt been in the best of forms and would like to get a big score under his belt sooner rather than later. Sam Billings was a revelation last night against the Knight Riders and would likely to continue his good form. Their strength, though is their agility in the field with some of the best fielders in the world which can be so instrumental in this format of the game in saving some crucial runs in important junctures of the match. The key players in the match are Shane Watson and Sam Billings as they would like to continue their impressive form. Our prediction is that Imran Tahir would give way to Mark Wood for this match, keeping the Mohali wicket in mind.

CSK Predicted XI Players

Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Murali Vijay, MS Dhoni ( c & wk ), Sam Billings, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Mark Wood, Shardul Thakur.

CSK Vs KXIP Prediction: Who Will today? 

Although they are the away team, CSK start as clear favorites to you, considering their form and potency but KXIP have the home advantage and they have won three of their last four matches at this ground. KXIP would like to take advantage of the major injuries sustained by CSK and cause a major upset this early in the tournament to clinch the all-important 2 points that are up for grabs. Injuries to Suresh Raina and Kedar Jadhav will surely affect CSK.

The toss will once again prove to be crucial as we know how much MSD loves to chase. Ashwin has said that he likes his team to chase too, making the toss all the more important. The Pacers would go a long way in determining who emerges victorious. KXIP Vs CSK in Match 12 of IPL 2018 will definitely be a fascinating encounter. 

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