Here we go…KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal to start the KXIP innings. Deepak Chahar with the ball for CSK.
Chennai Super Kings: Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Faf du Plessis, MS Dhoni (w/c), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, Piyush Chawla, Deepak Chahar
Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul (w/c), Mayank Agarwal, Mandeep Singh, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Sarfaraz Khan, Chris Jordan, Harpreet Brar, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Sheldon Cottrell
TOSS | Kings XI Punjab skipper KL Rahul wins toss, opts to bat against Chennai Super Kings in Dubai
Captains at the toss:
MS Dhoni: “I think we have played decent cricket. We need to get a good start and we need to get better at the death. It’s easier to break things into smaller stuff. We are playing with the same team, happy with the same combination. The side looks balanced and it looks good. We wanted to bat first, but happy to bat second. We are the most experienced team when it comes to chasing. The morale is high, that’s a good thing. I feel the support staff and the players’ attitude matters, it makes the job easy for us when the dressing room atmosphere is happy.”
KL Rahul: “We’ll bat first. Looks a pretty good wicket, hope it gets a little slower too. If we put a big total, it will put some pressure on them. Lots of positives to think of and be proud of. It can all change quickly. We need to get the momentum. We have three changes. Karun, Gowtham, Neesham are out. Mandeep Singh, Harpreet Brar, Jordan are in.”
In other news, #KXIP have won the toss and they will bat first in Match 18 of #Dream11IPL against #CSK.#KXIPvCSK https://t.co/p4ND86zQIc
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) 1601818565000
“Not a lot to talk about the pitch other than the grass covering that is gone as we are seeing less and less cover of grass now. If you’re batting first for the majority of the games, you’re winning. So, I don’t see that changing. We do have a shorter boundary tonight, there is a 66 metre boundary but we do have a bigger boundary which is like 85-86 metres to my left, straight down the ground not much. I would like to tell you that it’s 21 balls per six here in Dubai, Abu Dhabi 22 balls per six and in Sharjah it’s only 8 balls per six. We are seeing entertainment after entertainment which is so good for this format and there will be more right here tonight.” – Kevin Pietersen
Hello and welcome to the live coverage of Match 18 of the Indian Premier League 2020 between Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings in Dubai.
“Long time back once we lost three in a row. We need to get a lot of things right. It is professionalism. We need to take our catches, not bowl no-balls. Those are the controllables and may be we are getting too relaxed” – MS Dhoni after their third consecutive defeat
Bigg Bosses watching. 🦁💛#WhistlePodu #Yellove #WhistleFromHome #KXIPvCSK https://t.co/p7hpBz6bWw
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) 1601811289000
STATS THAT MATTER:
* CSK hold a 12-9 head-to-head advantage over KXIP.
* MS Dhoni loves batting against KXIP, having scored 595 runs in 21 innings at a strike rate of nearly 156, and crossing fifty five times.