Cricket Live Score: CSK vs KXIP IPL 6 Match 11- Chennai vs Punjab
Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings go into their Pepsi Indian Premier League 2013 clash in Mohali on Wednesday (April 10) on the back of somewhat unexpected results in their opening fixtures, and that means there is bound to be an air of expectation around the game.
Punjab, coming off a resounding eight-wicket win over Pune Warriors India, will want to keep their early momentum going, especially in front of their home fans, while Chennai would have to shrug off their defeat against Mumbai Indians and get their campaign up and running.
There was much to admire about the manner in which Punjab started off. The win was set up by the bowlers, who clinically dismantled Pune’s batting line-up, before the batsmen knocked off a small target in style. Praveen Kumar and Ryan Harris, the new-ball bowlers, were well complemented by Azhar Mahmood and Parvinder Awana in batting-friendly conditions.
Piyush Chawla too looked in good rhythm, but bowling to the likes of Murali Vijay, Michael Hussey, Suresh Raina and Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be a completely different ball game, particularly in conditions that may not aid spin.
The batting unit has often relied on Adam Gilchrist, the captain, and David Hussey to provide the impetus, but the form displayed by Mandeep Singh and Manan Vohra, who announced his arrival in style with an attractive 43, came as a whiff of fresh air. For a side that has kept faith in a lot of its local players, it will be important for the players to now show some consistency.
There is little doubt that Chennai have towered over every other team over the years in the IPL. However, some of the ruthlessness was missing in their opening game and Stephen Fleming, the coach, didn’t hide his displeasure towards the batsmen, barring Dhoni, at the end of the match.
What Chennai missed in their first match was someone to complement Dhoni towards the end, which is why the return of Albie Morkel should come as a relief. Morkel and Chris Morris, the Titans allrounder, arrived on Tuesday afternoon and hit the nets almost immediately. Morkel, who twisted his ankle in the final of South Africa’s domestic Twenty20 competition on Sunday, was cleared after a scan. The team management, however, played it safe when asked about his availability; a final call will be taken before the match.
If Morkel is slotted in, it will most likely come at the expense of Ben Laughlin, the Australian medium pacer. Morris, though, may have to bide his time, given that Dwayne Bravo has proved to be one of the more consistent overseas stars for Chennai over the years and is unlikely to be left out just yet.
Punjab won’t have to look back too far for inspiration, as they beat Chennai both home and away in IPL V. At the forefront of those wins were Gilchrist and Mahmood, who would do well to repeat the heroics.
Kings XI Punjab: Adam Gilchrist (capt, wk), Azhar Mahmood, David Hussey, David Miller, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Luke Pomersbach, Ryan Harris, Bhargav Bhatt, Bipul Sharma, Gurkeerat Mann Singh, Harmeet Singh Bansal, Mandeep Singh, Manpreet Gony, Nitin Saini (wk), Parvinder Awana, Paul Valthaty, Piyush Chawla, Praveen Kumar, Manan Vohra, Aniket Choudhary, R Sathish, Sandeep Sharma, Siddharth Chitnis, Sunny Singh.
Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (capt, wk), Anirudha Srikkanth, Ankit Singh Rajpoot, Baba Aparajith, Imtiaz Ahmed, Mohit Sharma, M Vijay, R Karthikeyan, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Ronit More, Shadab Jakati, S Badrinath, Suresh Raina, Vijay Shankar, Wriddhiman Saha, Ben Hilfenhaus, Ben Laughlin, Albie Morkel, Chris Morris, Dirk Nannes, Dwayne Bravo, Jason Holder, Michael Hussey.