In the 2nd semi final of IPL, Kings XI Punjab may start as favorite against Chennai Super Kings but the same team has beaten the Kings XI Punjab twice in the league game. Once when they scored a brilliant 200 plus with the help of M.Hussey century and once when L.Balaji taken hat-trick to halt the winning streak of Kings XI Punjab.
However it will require lots of effort from Chennai Super Kings to make it three in three. A fine mixture of experience in both bowling and batting department makes Kings XI Punjab far more superior team than Chennai Super Kings.
Chennai Super Kings who started the tournament on high seems to lost their way in the middle but now with the two consecutive wins in their last two league games they will be keen to make the most of it now in the semi-finals
The main concerned for Chennai Super Kings is their batting. The batting department especially top orders didn't clicked after the departure of M.Hayden and M.Hussey and it will be main worrying factor for M.S.Dhoni.
Player to Watch
Shaun Marsh: This man dream run continued in IPL so far, in the previous game he smashed a sparkling century to beat Rajasthan Royals. So he will be the man for Kings XI Punjab if they would like to post a daunting total on the board.
Yuvraj Singh: As we saw in the previous game that what this man is capable of and why many people called him master of sixes. He has came back into the form at the right time for his team and this is good news for Kings XI Punjab team as well as Mumbai crowds.
As we have seen in the 1st semi final that team batting first will have advantages in these types of crunch games. So it will be no surprise if team winning the toss would opt to bat first. The pitch will be same as used for 1st semi final so it will get slower as the game progresses in the 2nd inning of the game.
S.Fleming already gone back to his home town due to family concern so now M.S. Dhoni and his men have to rely on new opening pair in the face of S.Vidyut or S.Anirudhha. Rest of the team will be same as they played in their last game. Kings XI Punjab on the other hand looks more settle team and they might stick with same but M. Jayawardne might get recall in place of Luke Pomersbach due to loads of experience he has.
Likely Playing XI for both the teams (Match will start from India time)
Kings XI Punjab: Shaun Marsh, James Hopes, Kumar Sangakkara (WK), Yuvraj Singh (Captain), Luke Pomersbach, Tanmay Srivatsava, Irfan Pathan, Piyush Chawla, Ramesh Powar, VRV Singh, S.Sreesanth.
Chennai Super Kings: Parthiv Patel (WK), S Vidyut, Suresh Raina, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain), Chamara Kapugedera, S Badrinath, Albie Morkel, Manpreet Gony, L Balaji, Muttiah Muralitharan, Makhaya Ntini.