The wash out of Delhi Daredevils and Kolkaat Knight Riders gave a certain spot for Kings XI in the semi finals and now they will play a freedom game with some experiments before the big game. However they may have to play good cricket to beat Deccan Chargers who has the players of match winning capability but they haven't performed as unit in a match. So they will be playing for pride.
Today's match may also get affected by rain and we may see 15 or 13 over a side game. When last time these two teams played each other in Hyderabad, Kings XI Punjab won the match quite comprehensively by seven wickets on the back of Shaun Marsh's unbeaten half-century. Languishing at the bottom of the points table with just two wins from 11 matches so far, Chargers have lost hopes of making it to the semis but they would be anxious to salvage a win here.
The Kings XI Punjab who had beaten Mumbai Indians in their last game by 1 runs is quite confident of winning the battles against Deccan Chargers in their home ground.
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S.Marsh and Luke Pomersbach: The two Australians are looking in superb touch after they have joined the IPL and will look to continue their good form to get their team winning momentum going.
R.P.Singh and S.Sreesanth: S.Sreesanth except last match performed well with the new ball and given his team a fine start so far and he will be in the race for purple cap. At presently R.P.Singh the most wicket taking bowler of the IPL tournament hold the purple cap.
Due to rain in the air the pitch at Mohali will assist swing bowlers with the new balls. Otherwise it will be good wicket to bat and team batting first will look to set the target of around 170 runs,
Kings XI Punjab after securing their birth in the semi finals now may look to experiment a bit by bringing Pankaj Dhirmani in place of Uday Kaul and in bowling department they may include another bowler in the face of Gagandeep Singh. On the other hand Deccan Chargers may opt for one change by bringing Sarvesh Kumar in place of expensive N.Zoyasa.
Likely Playing XI for both the teams (Match will start from India time)
Deccan Chargers: Adam Gilchrist (Cpat & WK), Shahid Afridi, Rohit Sharma, Chamara Silva, Venugopal Rao, D Ravi Teja, Sarvesh Kumar, Halhadhar Das, RP Singh,Pragyan Ojha, D Vijaykumar.
Kings XI Punjab: Shaun Marsh, James Hopes, Luke Pomersbach, Yuvraj Singh (Capt), Mahela Jayawardene, Irfan Pathan, Pankaj Dharmani (wk), Gagandeep Singh, Piyush Chawla, S.Sreesanth, VRV Singh.