In the 55th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019, it will be Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) taking on Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on May 5. The first match of the two matches to take place on Sunday will be played at PCA IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali, Chandigarh. CSK has qualified for the IPL 12 Playoffs, whereas KXIP is languishing on the bottom of the IPL 2019 Points Table. KXIP vs CSK, IPL 2019 Match 55 Preview: Chennai Super Kings Aim to Cement Top Spot Against Kings XI Punjab.
The last time the teams met in this IPL, it was the Chennai side that won the match by 22 runs. Chasing a modest total of 161 runs, the KXIP side faltered, and faltered badly. Only KL Rahul (55 runs) and Sarfaraz Khan (67 runs) were the saving grace for their side. As time ticking away for the game, we bring you a list of 5 key players to watch out for in KXIP vs CSK, 55th IPL 2019 match. KXIP vs CSK Head-to-Head Record: Ahead of IPL 2019 Clash, Here Are Match Results of Last 5 Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings Encounters!
KL Rahul (KXIP)
KL Rahul is the second highest run-getter with 522 runs in 13 matches this season. The flamboyant opener has a great campaign in this IPL; however, shoddy performances from team members threw KXIP’s campaign off the track. Nonetheless, with all said and done, KL Rahul would be eyeing to end his IPL 12 stint on a high, against CSK tonight.
MS Dhoni (CSK)
The ‘Captain Cool’ returned with some vintage masterclass in his previous match after being sick for a brief period of time. It will be interesting to see if MS Dhoni shows shades of his brutal hitting at Mohali too. However, with CSK already in the Qualifiers, one cannot be surprised with the team selection tonight. Also, if CSK is eyeing the top spot in the Points Table, Dhoni will have to fire tonight.
Chris Gayle (KXIP)
Chris Gayle, like fellow mate KL Rahul, had a stupendous season this IPL. In 12 matches that he played, Gayle scored 462 runs at an impressive strike rate of 158.76. With only a game left in this season, the six-hitting machine would be eager to unleash ‘Gayle-storm’ one last time, in IPL 12.
Imran Tahir (CSK)
Imran Tahir has had an amazing season this year. With 21 wickets in 13 matches, the leg-spinner is second on the bowling charts, only behind Delhi Capitals’ Kagiso Rabada. For CSK to claim the top spot in the league standings, Tahir will have to carry his marvellous form this season in their quest against KXIP.
Mohammed Shami (KXIP)
Mohammed Shami has been KXIP’s go-to bowler this season. However, lack of support from team members hasn’t done justice to his consistent contributions. Nonetheless, Shami will be looking forward to ending his stupendous IPL campaign on a high, when he faces CSK tonight. In 13 matches, Shami has picked 17 wickets this season.
However, none of it matters much now as the game is a dead-rubber. If CSK wins the match, they will be back to being the table-toppers this season. Stay tuned to LatestLY for all the latest updates about Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019.