Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) will play the last match of group stage of IPL 2018 league today. The match will be played at their home ground at CSK at Pune. Both the teams will try to win the match so to win to end the group stage at a positive note.
For Kings XI Punjab, it is a very crucial match to enter the playoffs. Kings XI Punjab has to win the match with good margin to fix its position in the playoffs. Since it has 12 points at present, it can win the match with right margin to continue its journey in the league. The Ravichandran Ashwin led team has a great support of batsmen like Chris Gayle, KL Rahul and Aaron Finch at the top batting position. KL Rahul is the key batsman of the team considering the great form he is in at present. The bowling department is also well equipped with skipper R Ashwin, Ankit Rajpoot and Axar Patel in the lead. KXIP is a powerful team and their teamwork will have a key role in today’s match.
On the other hand, Chennai Super Kings have already entered the playoffs and the result of the match will not affect them from entering the playoffs. However, CSK will play a key role to stop KXIP from entering the playoffs. CSK can stop KXIP from winning or can at least stop them from winning with the required margin so the latter do not qualify for playoffs. Interesting, since it is the last match of the league, CSK has the power to decide fate of many teams with this match as there is a tough competition for the playoffs in the present IPL league. With Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja, the CSK team has a powerful batting order. Plus, the batting of Dwayne Bravo and MS Dhoni is an added advantage.