Chennai Super Kings (CSK) welcome Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at home for VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 match 18 looking to go on better than their visitors after both sides registered three wins in their opening four games. While it is a surprise of sorts seeing KXIP do well given their history of underperformance in the IPL, MS Dhoni-led Chennai have their sights set on going top of the points table with a win over R Ashwin’s Punjab side. Coming to CSK vs KXIP head-to-head record, the battled hardened Chennai Super Kings have played Kings XI Punjab 20 times in the past claiming 12 wins and Punjab winning 8 of those games. Let us have a look at the results of the last five encounters between Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab. CSK vs KXIP, IPL 2019 Match 18 Preview: Chennai Super Kings Look to Bounce Back Against Kings XI Punjab at MA Chidambaram Stadium.
CSK vs KXIP – May 20, 2018 – Sahara Stadium, Pune – CSK won by 5 wickets
Kings 11 Punjab were all out for 153 batting first in Pune which was never going to be an easy score to defend against Chennai. Lungi Ngidi snapped up four wickets and was supported well by DJ Bravo and Shardul Thakur in stopping Punjab. Chennai riding on a well-made 61 by Suresh Raina chased down the score with ease.
KXIP vs CSK – April 15, 2018 – PCA Stadium Mohali, Chandigarh – KXIP won by 4 runs
A thrilling game which Kings 11 Punjab won by 4 runs, a situation they thought would never arise when they put on a massive 197/5 on board. Chris Gayle top scored for Punjab with a 33 ball 63 that included 4 towering sixes. Chennai response was led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni who hammered 79 runs but kept running out of partners. Eventually, his team could manage only 193/5 at the end of twenty overs.
KXIP vs CSK – May 16, 2015 – PCA Stadium Mohali, Chandigarh – CSK won by 7 wickets
Chennai’s discipline with bowl had Punjab on the ropes as they could only manage 130/7 batting first on a flat track in Mohali. It was thanks to some composure shown by Akshar Patel that the hosts could even manage this total. In reply, Chennai needed less than 17 overs to reach 134/3 with Faf Du Plessis showing his class.
CSK vs KXIP – April 25, 2015 – MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai – CSK won by 97 runs
Kings 11 Punjab lost to Chennai Super Kings in a one-sided game dominated by the hosts from start to finish. Brendon McCullum with the bat and Ravindra Jadeja with his pacey spin were the men who ran the show. Punjab in pursuit of 193 could only manage 95/9 on a slow turner of Chepauk.
CSK vs KXIP – October 2, 2014 – Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Hyderabad - CSK won by 65 runs
A Champions League semi-final meeting between these two sides was meant to be a close affair, but it once again turned out to be a one-sided encounter ending with a Chennai win. Punjab were skittled out for 117 in their innings falling well short of 183 needed to proceed to the final.
Chennai have won four out of their past five games with ease, but Punjab have quality spinners that could come in handy on a slow turning wicket of Chepauk.