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Friday, April 5, 2019 • Common Sport News Comments

For the first time, Ravichandran Ashwin Will be stepping into the MA Chidambaram Stadium as a part of the opposition line up, As the Kings XI captain leads his troupes to his native home ground, After registering two comprehensive victories against MI and DC; and at the point of the time wherein his team has 3 victories in four matches . 

Super Kings marked their return to the IPL with their third title in 2018, but a familiar face was missing. Super Kings had raised the paddle five times for Ashwin, but Kings XI Punjab bid more furiously for him and scooped him up for INR 7.6 crore in the auction.

Kings XI made Ashwin their captain, but he admitted to being a "tad disappointed" to part ways with Super Kings. With protests over the Cauvery river water dispute forcing games out of the MA Chidambaram Stadium last year, Super Kings' Kings XI's Ashwin did not line up in Chennai.

In the ongoing IPL , The landslides they inflicted on RR at Jaipur (From 108/2 in 12.4 overs to 164/9 in 19.2) overs and on DC at Mohali (From 144/3 in 16.3 overs to 152 all out in 19.2 overs, Featuring a Hat-Trick by Sam Curran, Has made the other teams watch their progress cautiously and keenly. 

Even when Chasing, Kings XI emerged comprehensive winners in one of their two chases, As they completed chasing 177/2 in 18.4 overs. 

It was only in that match Against KKR at Kolkatta, The target of 219 was completely out of the reach when David Miller was fighting a battle all alone.

Meanwhile, CSK has also won 3 out of 4. Yet their most recent fixture against MI at Mumbai, Saw them concede runs heavily at the death and also fall well short in the chase by a 37 run margin.

CSK may have to change the XI, As Dhoni has said that Bravo is dealing with a hamstring injury. It's almost certain that Scott Kuggeleijn would replace Bravo.

To stabilize a struggling top-order comeback. in Faf Du Plessis and M.Vijay in places of Watson and Rayudu could be an option! Similarly, KM Asif could be considered in place of Mohit Sharma while Shardul Thakur too, Has always been leaking runs. Harbhajan Singh is also awaiting a comeback.

CSK had fielded an XI with just 3 overseas players in matches against RCB, DC, and MI. Mitchell Santner became the fourth overseas player in the XI that played against RR.

Chris Gayle, Was "Rested " in the previous match, Without disclosure of any reason! It remains to be seen if he could come back or not.

Having tasted consecutive victories, Kings XI may not change the winning combination unless if Gayle could come back. On the other hand, A potential inclusion of Varun Chakravarthy may come in handy as he has experience of playing at Chepauk in the TNPL.

The Chepauk track has seen extremes of scores. (A 70 being chased down in 17.1 overs and a 175 being defended in 20 overs. 

If the track would resemble the one on which the match versus RR was played, It could be a feast for the viewers.

- Kumaran Kumanan

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