Kings XI Punjab v Chennai Super Kings, IPL 2012, Dharamsala May 16, 2012

Chennai, Punjab aim to stay afloat

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Match facts

Thursday, May 17, Dharamsala
Start time 1600 (1030 GMT)

Big Picture

Chennai Super Kings are placed fourth on the points table with 17 points and need to win their last league game against Kings XI Punjab to put themselves in a strong position to qualify for the playoffs. A loss, however, would put them at the mercy of the others. Kings XI are also on the brink of elimination after their loss to Delhi Daredevils on Tuesday and would need two wins in two matches plus other favourable results to push them through to the top four.

The task for Kings XI is difficult as they face two in-form teams, Super Kings and Delhi Daredevils, and both matches will be played in Dharamsala, negating any home advantage that was available in Mohali. But Kings XI have fought well this season and surprised big teams, including Super Kings in Chennai. If their batting and bowling complement each other, Kings XI have the firepower to down any team. However, they would have to avoid the distraction of losing two of their players to the spot-fixing controversy.

Two years ago, Super Kings had arrived in Dharamsala under similar circumstances for their last league match. That day, MS Dhoni had launched an attack on Irfan Pathan's last over, and from there on, the team went on to win the IPL title. This year, Super Kings have been in must-win situations in the last few games and their batting, which has always been their strength, has finally started to come together while Ben Hilfenhaus has added spark to their bowling.

There is a chance of rain in Dharamsala, but both teams would hope that it stays away because in case of a washout, Kings XI will be knocked out while Super Kings' chances will get trickier.

Form guide

(most recent first, completed games)

Kings XI Punjab : LWWLW
Chennai Super Kings: WWWLW

Players to watch

David Hussey has said that Parwinder Awana has been Kings XI's find of the season. Awana has continued to impress with the pace he generates off the pitch. He bowled another incisive spell in Delhi where he picked up three important wickets to give Kings XI a chance against Daredevils' strong batting.

Three matches ago, Ben Hilfenhaus was taken apart by Dwayne Smith in Mumbai. Since then, Hilfenhaus has won two back-to-back Man-of-the-Match awards and his pace and late swing has caused problems for all batsmen. The highlight of his last week's exploits was the wicket of Virender Sehwag, who was beaten by the late outswing and lost his off stump.

Stats and trivia

  • In Super Kings' last three games, Ben Hilfenhaus' figures read 11-1-61-6.
  • Super Kings' batsmen have scored five half-centuries in IPL 2012, which is the lowest for a team along with Pune Warriors. Royal Challengers Bangalore have 15 half-centuries - the most by a team this season.

    Quotes

    "We will take one game at a time and won't think for the playoffs now. We have to win our next match."
    MS Dhoni on Super Kings' chances of making the playoffs.

    "Delhi are a very talented team. But we have shown the fans that we fight till the end and can still chase the finals."
    David Hussey after Kings Xi's loss to Delhi Daredevils

    Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor with ESPNcricinfo

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  • class9ryan on May 19, 2012, 2:18 GMT

    CSK r really d most lucky side in d competition .... Always winning of d last ball .... & ppl say they're d champions ..... Csk depend on others they cant b champions

  • Duplessis720 on May 17, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    NO,NOT gilchrist,oh man, CSK has to win . KXIP you are going to lose 89% for sure . KXIP choose to bowl , faf has to lead the team with the other 5 guys . GO CSK beat them

  • Duplessis720 on May 17, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    KXIP should lose ,they have already lost some matches CSK need to take some best players like morkel, bravo who lead CSK to some extreme wins,ben and faf. In that the sucessful CSK can trample over KXIP badly. I hope that KXIP marsh gets duck and hussey too. They been helping punjab to lead the team.If benny and ashwin target them or make them out.That would definitely help CSK to win massively. GO CSK defeat them easily

  • Pradeepgautam on May 17, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    If Kings XI Punjab wins today, top 7 teams in the points table will have the following points (20, 19, 18, 17, 16, 15, 14) respectively. Amazing!!!

  • dummy4fb on May 17, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    I bet if Priety zinta shows her face again then Kingxi will loose the match... Stay Away Preity if you want king xi to win

  • vrn59 on May 17, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    My teams:

    CSK: Vijay, M Hussey, Raina, du Plessis, Dhoni (c&wk), Bravo, Jadeja, Ashwin, Hilfenhaus, Jakati, Mahesh

    KXIP: Mandeep Singh, Saini (wk), Marsh, D Hussey (c), Miller, Nayar, Gurkeerat Singh, Chawla, P Kumar, R Harris, Awana

  • Cricpatron on May 17, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    Remember CSK.. it is payback time.

  • jhovee on May 17, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    @GSP17: Replacing Bravo (all-rounder) with Bollinger is not a good idea!

  • guptahitesh4u on May 17, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    Both teams are heavily depending on foreign players. KXIP on marsh and hussey...CSK on hussey, fuf de, morkel If raina and dhoni clicks , CSK will crush the kings otherwise it is all over for CSK. I wish for a good competition though

  • dummy4fb on May 17, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    I'll be dissapionted if KXIP looses today. They have got such young talent in their team in terms of Awana, Mandeep, Gurkeerat nd Saini and offcourse experience of overseas players. They just need to ignite the spark. I'm sure they'll knockout a sloppy CSK and end their journey. GO PUNJAB!!

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