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Battle of leaders in Dhoni's CSK vs Ashwin's KXIP

CHENNAI: It will probably be a struggle of management kinds of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Ravichandran Ashwin when Chennai Super Kings clash with Kings XI Punjab an IPL fit right here on Saturday.

Dhoni's talent to stay calm and stay his cool even within the trickiest of situations as opposed to Ashwin's aggressive approach and out-of-the-box selections would certainly make for an interesting contest.

The two groups have 3 wins every and each will attempt to outdo every different to take the higher hand.


Defending champions CSK suffered their first defeat by the hands of Mumbai Indians of their last fit after 3 immediately wins, and they would hoping to get back to profitable ways as they return to their 'den'.

The two previous matches at MA Chidambaram stadium have produced contrasting performances. While Royal Challengers Bangalore have been shot out for 70, Rajasthan Royals made CSK sweat prior to happening by way of eight runs on a better floor for the batters.

The spin-heavy CSK will now be up towards KXIP, which also have high quality spinners of their line-up with Ashwin himself at the leading edge excluding Mujeeb Ur Rahman, leggie M Ashwin and mystery bowler C V Varun.

The home workforce's bowlers will probably be wary of Chris Gayle's power-hitting supplied he performs after missing the sport towards Delhi Capitals on April 1.

With Gayle sitting out of their last fit, KXIP showed it is not concerning the hard-hitting West Indian on my own as KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal put their arms up. And Punjab would hope that they continue to shine.

CSK has depended on workforce effort to win their matches as different gamers have delivered the products within the IPL to this point.

The best worry would be the type of opener Ambati Rayudu, who has struggled to get going after last 12 months's success, possibly creating a chance for Murali Vijay at the top.

There is uncertainty over the supply of star all-rounder Dwayne Bravo for tomorrow's sport after he suffered a hamstring damage towards Mumbai. His absence may just open up a spot for the New Zealand pacer Scott Kuggeleijn.

Dhoni will be expecting his bowlers to step up after the Mumbai batsmen went at the rampage all the way through Wednesday's fit.

In reality, CSK might decide for an additional spinner rather than either Mohit Sharma or Shardul Thakur.

KXIP skipper Ashwin, who used to be part of CSK prior to the franchise let him move, would be having a look to put his absolute best foot ahead towards his former workforce.


Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (captain & WK), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Murali Vijay, Kedar Jadhav, Sam Billings, Ravindra Jadeja, Dhruv Shorey, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Rituraj Gaikwad, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Mohit Sharma, Ok M Asif, Deepak Chahar, N Jagadeesan (wk), Scott Kuggeleign.

Kings XI Punjab: Ravichandran Ashwin (capt), Chris Gayle, Lokesh Rahul, Mohammed Shami, Mayank Agrawal, Karun Nair, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, David Miller, Sam Curran, Varun Chakaravarthy, Nicholas Pooran, Moises Henriques, Hardus Viljoen, Darshan Nalkande, Sarfaraz Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Agnivesh Ayachi, Harpreet Brar, Murugan Ashwin, Andrew Tye, Ankit Rajpoot, Mandeep Singh, Simran Singh.

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