The third match of IPL 2014 will be played between two such sides where one team has proved its capabilities and strangeness while the other has struggled throughout all the seasons of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The two times IPL title winner Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will take on Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) on Friday at the Abu Dhabi stadium. The day will be a double header as there are two matches scheduled on the same day. The second match will be played between Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Rajasthan Royals (RR). Both CSK and KXIP have got a god team this year and fans can expect cracker of a match on Friday.
Team Composition: MS Dhoni led strong side CSK has got a team full of players high on confidence. The team balance has been outstanding throughout the IPL and the team will look to start off the new season with a win on Friday. Suresh Raina, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum make CSK a stronger side. The team has good combination of spin and pace attack while their batting lineup is as superb as any other better IPL team. The team has been fantastic in fielding department in all summers of IPL. CSK is a perfect team for a T20 game and the team morale is high on confidence.
On the hand Kings XI Punjab has spent huge money to fetch big names for the squad. With the likes of Virender Sehwag, George Bailey, David Miller, Shaun Marsh, Cheteshwar Pujara, Mitchell Johnson, Glenn Maxwell and Thisara Parera KXIP looks a better side in IPL 2014. The team has got good batting attack as they have got few aggressive batsmen included in the team while the bowling attack is also better this year. Overall, IPL lovers can anticipate a nail-biting exciting contest between the two teams.
Head to Head:
Matched Played: 12
Chennai Super Kings win: 8
Kings XI Punjab win: 4
Last 5 Matches:
Chennai Super Kings: LLWWW
Kings XI Punjab: WWWLL
Timings: Match Scheduled to begin at 4:00 PM IST on 18 April 2014
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi