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IPL 2014: Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings today
The T20 Indian Premier League will see Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings clashing with each other today to prove their supremacy at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. This will be the third match of the IPL 7 season. Struck by controversies, CSK will try hard to better their image whereas KXIP will play today's match to come back to limelight it once had.

Chennai Super Kings

The two-time former champions Chennai Super Kings will again be looking ahead to take on the revamped Kings XI Punjab in their IPL opener in Abu Dhabi today. It looks like that Chennai is lacking a bit of depth in their seam bowling department. Still reeling under the spot fixing scandal which includes the name of its top most players as well the officials of the team, CSK hopes to make it big this season and gain the lost pride.

Coach Stephen Fleming, being sincere enough to admit that the off- field issues cannot simply be washed away and are a big distraction for the team, which under normal circumstances can be seen as a bow moving towards its aim. CSK led by Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni can clearly be called one of the most stable teams in the IPL, even after the spot-fixing controversy which rattled it.

However, Chennai will miss its most well grounded stars this year including Australian mainstay Michael Hussey and South African Albie Morkel, after losing them in the players' auction. But there's no sweat for the team with the replacements like New Zealand Brendan McCullum and South African Faf du Plessis.

Whereas, on the bowling front, West Indian leg-spinner Samuel Badree will prove to be a significant player given that his confidence is sky-high after finishing third wicket-taker in the recent World T20.

Players: Mithun Manhas, Suresh Raina, Brendon McCullum, MS Dhoni, Baba Aparajith, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Smith, Vijay Shankar, Samuel Badree, Mohit Sharma, Ashish Nehra, Ben Hilfenhauz, Ravichandran Ashwin, Pawan Negi, Ronit More, Matt Henry, Faf du Plessis, Ishwar Pandey, John Hastings, Dwayne Bravo.

Kings XI Punjab

Up against Chennai Super Kings are the Kings from Punjab whose franchise till last year seemed to have lost in the celebrity event. The team, however, has managed to burnish to the side by making some smart grabs in the players' auction led by Australian George Bailey. The Kings pulled off quite a masterstroke by nipping up Virender Sehwag even though he is no longer in his prime, the Delhi-dasher could prove to be a game-changer capable of suppressing the opposition attacks.

The KXIP also purchased Mitchell Johnson, the Australian speedster who is in form and is likely to be worth every one of the Rs. 6.5 crore that were splurged on him during the auction. Australian batsman Shaun Marsh was also brought back by the Kings XI Punjab. Fitness-permitting, he has a fair track record in the IPL and could prove to be a crucial spine in the KXIP's back.

Players: Glenn Maxwell, Rishi Dhawan, Karanveer Singh, Mitchell Johnson, Beuran Hendricks, Cheteshwar Pujara, Sandeep Sharma, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Virender Sehwag, Amndeep Singh, Parvinder Awana, Anureet Singh, Akshar Patel, Shaun Marsh, George Bailey, Gurkeerat Singh, Mandeep Singh, Thisara Perera, David Miller, Wriddhiman Saha, Manan Vohral.

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