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Kings XI confident, CSK cautious

Mohali: Coming off a thumping away win over Pune Warriors, King’s XI Punjab will face a stern test when they take on a wounded Chennai Super Kings here Wednesday.

Having lost to the Mumbai Indians in their opening game, the Super Kings would look to make amends quickly ahead of their match. A relatively inexperienced King’s XI Punjab would go in as underdogs in this contest despite a resounding eight-wicket win over lacklustre Pune Warriors. The Gilchrist-led side would aim for a similar show in the second match of the double header at the PCA Stadium here.

On the bowling front, the hosts would be pleased with a disciplined performance from the seamers in the last match. Praveen Kumar, who recently returned from an injury lay off followed by a ban, looked in good rhythm as he picked up two key wickets including that of dangerous Ross Taylor.

The King’s XI team has a settled bowling combination led by Australian pacer Ryan Harris. Tidy performances from Parwinder Awana and leggie Piyush Chawla would also comfort the Preity Zinta co-owned side.

CSK, on the other hand, would be looking to put behind the disappointment of their nine-run loss.

Even though the match went down to the last over courtesy heroics from skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (26-ball 51), CSK coach Stephen Fleming had expressed his displeasure over poor shot selection from some of his batsmen against the Mumbai Indians. Dhoni’s fine form is surely an ominous sign for the opponents. And despite the loss, CSK look a far more formidable side and would certainly start as favourites.

The two-time IPL champions, however, would be wary of the fact that King’s XI had trampled them on both occasions in the last season.

CSK would be relieved after Albie Morkel, who twisted his ankle while bowling in the finals of the domestic Twenty 20 competition in South Africa, was cleared after precautionary scans. The 31-year-old has joined the side but is unlikely to take the field Wednesday.

(Agencies)