Both sides have a terrific batting line up, which was established in their last encounter in UAE, where Punjab chased down Chennai's score of 205 runs. It was Glenn Maxwell, who turned out to be the hero of the day scoring 95 runs from 43 balls, along with David Miller, who also scored a fluent half century. After which, Glenn Maxwell has primarily looked a class act, where he has amassed 345 runs so far – the highest run scorer in the tournament.
But, CSK batsmen are also not far behind with Dwayne Smith being their mainstay scoring 335 runs. His opening partner, McCullum has also been great, scoring 281 runs in the competition. Their opening partnership has been pivotal in their teams success. Hence, Chennai would expect the duo to fire on all cylinders and take revenge for their last head to head clash, where they lost by six wickets.
CSK's confidence must be sky high after their victory against Delhi, where they chased down a stiff target of 178 runs with two balls to spare. Once again, it was McCullum and Smith who gave a great start to the innings, helping CSK win the game. Smith scored an impressive 79 runs from 51 balls. But, it is the rest of the players who also needs to deliver when these batsmen fail. It is no secret that CSK and KXIP have two of the best batting line up, however, it is their bowling, which would play an important role.
When it comes to bowling, Chennai resemble a stronger unit with a number of star bowlers such as MM Sharma, joint highest wicket taker in the tournament with 12 wickets. He is ably supported by Hilfenhaus, and two spinners, Ashwin and Jadeja.
But, Kings XI Punjab draw a sorry figure with only Mitchell Johnson standing out as a world class bowler. But, they to a large extent depend on the batting heroics of their players to rescue them out of jail. Can the Punjab batsmen once again do so?
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