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It's the battle of Kings in Chennai on Saturday

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Published: Friday, April 27, 2012, 15:49 [IST]
 
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Preview: Kings of Punjab Vs Super Kings

Chennai, Apr 27:Kings XI Punjab would look to regain its winning streak as they have not been consistent in the tournament so far as they take on Chennai Super Kings at MA Chidambaram Stadium on Saturday.

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MS Dhoni's men would like to keep up their winning momentum as they have won their last two matches against Warriors and Rajasthan Royals while their previous match against RCB was abandoned due to rain.

Chennai with 9 points are placed at third in the points table, while Kings XI with a loss to Mumbai are placed eighth with 6 points.

Kings XI can be a dangerous side, provided their bowling improves especially at death overs as Piyush Chawla's 27 runs off the penultimate over to pave way for a Mumbai win in their previous match which was in Kings XI's favour until 18 overs as Harbhajan's XI needed 32 off 12 balls as Peterson's innovative shots and Rayudu's sensible batting saw them win the match which was at the jaws of defeat.

Apart from that, the team has been performing well under the leadership of David Hussey, the stand-in captain. With Shaun Marsh, David Hussey, Azhar Mahmood, Mandeep Singh and David Miller, batting looks pretty good.

Bowling lacks consistency, as Praveen Kumar has not been at his best, while Parvinder Awana, Azhar Mahmood, Bhargav Bhatt, Chawla, have been performing in bits, as they struggle to get wickets

On the other hand, Chennai seem to be favourites, as they have a considerably good squad, which is more or less balanced with good all-rounders, batsmen and bowlers.

Dhoni relies on his spin-duo R Ashwin and Jakati while the seamers Doug Bollinger, Albie Morkel have also performed well so far in the tournament as they help the team get breakthroughs early in the innings.

Faf du Plessis, Dwayne Bravo, MS Dhoni, Albie Morkel have contributed to the team's success while a few knocks from Subramaniam Badrinath, Ravindra Jadeja, Suresh Raina have also helped the team win matches. The only worry for Chennai is
the form of Murali Vijay for the time-being as he has not fired so far.

Chennai needs good partnership from the top order as it looks like the team's batting heavily depends on du Plessis, Badrinath while rest falls on Albie Morkel to guide the team to victory.

With both the teams facing a few issues, Chennai seem to be a better side. Home advantage gives them the edge as Piyush Chawla would hope to get some assistance from the wicket as it assists turn and forget the 19th over nightmare.

David Hussey and Dwayne Bravo are the key players to watch out for on Saturday. Overall, its going to be another interesting game as fireworks from both the teams are expected on a Chennai strip.

Squads

Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (captain), Srikkanth Anirudha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Subramaniam Badrinath, George Bailey, Doug Bollinger, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Ben Hilfenhaus, Ravindra Jadeja, Shadab Jakati, Joginder Sharma, Nuwan Kulasekara, Yo Mahesh, Albie Morkel, Suresh Raina, Wriddhiman Saha, Scott Styris, Sudeep Tyagi, Kuthethurshri Vasudevadas, Ganapathi Vignesh, Murali Vijay.

Kings XI Punjab: Adam Gilchrist (captain and wicketkeeper), Paul Valthaty, Shaun Marsh, Mandeep Singh, Piyush Chawla, David Hussey, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Parvinder Awana, Bipul Sharma, Harmeet Singh, Praveen Kumar, Abhishek Nayar, Amit Yadav, Bhargav Bhatt, Bipul Sharma, Gurkeerat Mann Singh, Nitin Saini, Paras Dogra, Ramesh Powar, Shalabh Srivastava, Siddharth Chitnis, Sunny Singh, Vikramjeet Singh, David Miller, James Faulkner, Azhar Mahmood, Nathan Rimmington, Ben Cutting, Ryan Harris and Kyle Abbott.

Match starts at 4 PM

Also playing on Saturday, Royal Challengers Bangalore Vs Kolkata Knight Riders in Eden Gardens at 8 PM

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