Struggling to get their wits about them, these two have easily been the worst sides in the IPL this season. With just one win from their first four matches, both teams will be desperate for a win here, to get their faltering campaign back on the right track.
They are staying ahead of their Chennai counterparts, only thanks to their superior net run rate. KXIP were completely outclassed in their previous game against MI. Failing to get into their rhythm, this was perhaps, their worst performance yet.
Their death bowling is clearly their weakest point. So far, they have conceded 30 runs in the super-over to DC, 30 in a crucial-over to RR, and another 29 against MI. Anil Kumble should consider introducing Chris Jordan in place of Jimmy Neesham. Also, Chris Gayle has to return to the lineup soon enough.
Faf du Plessis and Ambati Rayadu have been the ones running the show for CSK in the batting unit. Their superior batting prowess has helped CSP win a couple of runs this season. Perhaps, Stephen Fleming should think of pushing Sam Curran further up a bit, as he has the ability to perform in that role.
CSK’s tactics are far too predictable. Their bowling lineup boasts a flurry of fringe players like Deepak Chahar, Sam Curran, Dwayne Bravo and Piyush Chawal. These players have had better years, and can no longer deliver reassuring performances, as they used to.
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