KXIP vs CSK: Battle of Kings

Chennai Super Kings look for their first win of IPL-6 against Kings XI Punjab.



Mohali: There is a hint of pride which Chennai Super Kings (CSK) unmistakably carry with them, and understandably so. Through the five editions of the IPL, the two-time champions have displayed unmatched consistency and ruthlessness to become the trail-blazers in this fast-paced format.

So when they lost their first match to Mumbai Indians, CSK coach Stephen Fleming was quick to roll out a stern reminder that they needed to be a cut above the rest.

CSK fumbled while chasing a total of 149, falling short in their home tie. Had it not been for CSK’s gutsy leader Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who slammed 51 off 26 balls, they would have lost by a bigger margin.

The top order crashed to 66 for five, which forced Fleming to pull up his boys. He wanted the experienced batting line-up to reflect on its performance.

It speaks volumes about the team’s culture. These are still early days in the season, but the team management is not willing to compromise on the standards they have set and maintained over the years.

Thus, one will expect the likes of Michael Hussey, Murali Vijay, Suresh Raina and Dwayne Bravo to come hard.

The Chennai team went through the paces in the afternoon at the PCA Stadium here, as they prepared to face another set of Kings who have done little in the past to do justice to their name and talent.

However, Kings XI Punjab showed a lot of spunk in their eight-wicket victory over Pune Warriors on Sunday.

The bowling line-up of Kings XI suggests they have enough guile and experience in their ranks. All their medium pacers are adept in taking the pace off the ball, a quality that has paid rich dividends in this format. Add to it the skill of moving the ball and one finds Praveen Kumar, Azhar Mahmood and Ryan Harris with the potential to excel. Not to forget the hard working Parvinder Awana and leg-spinner Piyush Chawla. It is because of such handy players that bowling coach Joe Dawes was confident that they have got all bases covered. A genuine quick, though, is the only missing link.

The bowling line-up showed its class when they bowled out Pune Warriors for just 99. It, therefore, will not be surprising if Wednesday’s contest turns out to be a battle between Super Kings batsmen and Kings XI bowlers.

In batting, Kings XI depends heavily on skipper Adam Gilchrist and the reliable David Hussey. The two experienced Australian campaigners will have to guide a slew of local talents.


Reproduced From Mail Today. Copyright 2013. MTNPL. All rights reserved.

Matches

MORE TOP STORIES TODAY

Punjab pull off another big chase

Punjab pull off another big chase

GAME 7, SHARJAH—Maxwell, Miller, Pujara chase down Rajasthan's 192. More »

Royal test for Kings

Royal test for Kings

Preview — Clash of philosophies between Australia-centric teams More »

Have nothing to prove to anybody — Sehwag

Have nothing to prove to anybody — Sehwag

The Nawab of Najafgarh says a good run in IPL could help his chances of a comeback on India's tour to England in June. More »

Shastri in proposed IPL probe panel

Shastri in proposed IPL probe panel

Some members stressed on the need for proposing names with an "impeccable record and clean image". More »

Duminy steals first win for Delhi

Duminy steals first win for Delhi

Furious fifties by Duminy and Dinesh Karthik end a long losing streak for the Daredevils. More »

Five things England must do to bounce back

Five things England must do to bounce back

England have appointed a new head coach in Peter Moores. More »

AB, Parthiv seal Bangalore's second win

AB, Parthiv seal Bangalore's second win

Royal Challengers overcame a stutter to cruise to the small target they were set by Mumbai Indians. More »

‘Felt like helpless minority’

‘Felt like helpless minority’

Former BCCI treasurer Ajay Shirke says emotions got the better of Srinivasan and he tried to oversimplify things by calling Meiyappan an “enthusiast.” More »

Srinivasan can attend BCCI meeting

Srinivasan can attend BCCI meeting

His status as president of TNCA makes him eligible to attend the Working Committee meeting on Sunday. More »

No way back for Pietersen: ECB

No way back for Pietersen: ECB

Kevin Pietersen's hopes of reviving his international career appeared to end Saturday when ECB managing director Paul Downton said there was 'no way back'… More »

The world record that nearly wasn't

The world record that nearly wasn't

Twenty years ago this week, Brian Lara became Test cricket's highest scorer, but he almost didn't make it. More »

Maxwell carves his parallel universe

Maxwell carves his parallel universe

Glenn Maxwell seems to project an icy disdain when at the crease. Match situations rarely faze him and the bubble in which he plays excludes everyone … More »

Moores gets second stint as coach

Moores gets second stint as coach

In a two-year spell from 2007 to 2009, the 51-year-old Moores led England in seven Test series. More »

Bangladesh senior players to see shrink

Bangladesh senior players to see shrink

Bangladesh's senior players will have three sessions with a psychological skill development coach later this month More »

BCCI is not anybody’s property — Dalmiya

BCCI is not anybody’s property — Dalmiya

Dalmiya feels that Srinivasan’s ‘power hungry’ attitude isn’t helping matters. More »

Tough for bowlers: Saeed Ajmal

Tough for bowlers: Saeed Ajmal

The 36-year-old believes the T20 format and rule changes in 50-over matches have made a real difference. More »

KP ridicules idea of day-night Tests

KP ridicules idea of day-night Tests

Kevin Pietersen has ridiculed the idea of day-night Test cricket, saying the game would be so different to proper Test cricket that we will need a whole… More »

Rajasthan edge low-scoring thriller

Rajasthan edge low-scoring thriller

The bowlers restricted Hyderabad to 133 for 6 before Rahane and Binny took Rajasthan over the line. More »

Maxwell blitz takes Punjab home

Maxwell blitz takes Punjab home

The Kings XI batsman blasted a 43-ball 95 to help his team pull off a massive chase against Chennai Super Kings. More »

BCCI members want independent probe

BCCI members want independent probe

The board members are realising after the Supreme Court's observations that something has to be done — IS Bindra More »

'BCCI lacks leaders to take on Srini'

'BCCI lacks leaders to take on Srini'

Two former BCCI presidents, Shashank Manohar and Jagmohan Dalmiya, have reacted strongly to the news of the BCCI calling an emergent meeting on Sunday… More »

Delhi look for first points against confident Kolkata

Delhi look for first points against confident Kolkata

Preview — The threat of Sunil Narine looms large again. More »

Bangalore vs Mumbai: A battle of the big-hitters

Bangalore vs Mumbai: A battle of the big-hitters

Preview — Given the firepower in both line-ups, Dubai crowd may see another high-scorer More »

Yuvraj tees off to Sharjah's delight

Yuvraj tees off to Sharjah's delight

Yuvraj Singh was hardly convincing to begin with against Delhi, but a big dose of crowd support and a helping of poor bowling meant he had the opportunity… More »