IPL 2019: 18th Match, Chennai Super Kings vs Kings XI Punjab – Chennai Super Kings’ Predicted Playing XI; It’s once again time for some yellow fever on upcoming Saturday afternoon at Chidambaram Stadium. Chennai Super Kings will be hosting Kings XI Punjab for their Fifth clash in the tournament. So far, Chennai Super Kings won three games before losing a game against Mumbai Indians at Wankhede Stadium.

Here is the Full squad:

MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif, Karn Sharma, Dhruv Shorey, Faf du Plessis, M Vijay, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Billings, Mitchell Santner, David Willey, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Harbhajan Singh, N Jagadeesan, Shardul Thakur, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Mohit Sharma

Batsmen Allrounders Spinners Fast Bowlers
R Gaikwad* R Jadeja Mitchell Santner Mohit Sharma*
MS Dhoni (wk) Imran Tahir Deepak Chahar
Suresh Raina Dwayne Bravo Harbhajan Singh KM Asif
Faf du Plessis Shane Watson Karn Sharma Shardul Thakur
M Vijay Kedar Jadhav Monu Kumar
Sam Billings (wk) C Bishnoi
Ambati Rayudu
Dhruv Shorey
N Jagadeesan (wk)

Here is Chennai Super Kings’ Predicted Playing XI

1. Shane Watson:

Top ten contenders of 'Orange Cap' in the IPL 2019

Shane Watson. Image Courtesy: BCCI

Shane Watson failed to score runs in the first game of the season. He registered a 10-ball duck to his name thus having a hard time at the crease. However, he made a good return by smashing it beautifully against Delhi Capitals. And once again, he failed against Mumbai. However, he would get one more sight.

2. Ambati Rayudu:

Ambati Rayudu.

Ambati Rayudu had a great IPL 2018. Credits: BCCI

Ambati Rayudu batted sensibly in the low-scoring chase against Royal Challengers Bangalore. But failed to make things fall in place in the remaining games. However, he would once again hold the key at the top for the team with his finest strokeplay.

3. Suresh Raina:

Suresh Raina, Indian Premier League 2019

Suresh Raina (Credits: BCCI)

Suresh Raina is their number 3 batsman and he would once again continue in the same role. He looked a lit bit of rusty in the first game but ensured Chennai Super Kings to reach the total with his handsome strokes. In the second game, he played altogether a different knock when the other batsmen are finding it tough to bat. In the previous game, Kieron Pollard’s stunner dismissed him.

4. Mahendra Singh Dhoni:

Sir Viv Richards, MS Dhoni

Photo by: Faheem Hussain /SPORTZPICS for BCCI

MS Dhoni hasn’t padded up in the 71-run chase at home ground. However, he batted sensibly against Delhi Capitals to shoulder his side to the victory. He got a decent record at M Chidambaram as well. Besides that, he is showing his aura as a captain of the ship, apart from the last game.

5. Kedar Jadhav:

Kedar Jadhav, IPL 2018

Kedar Jadhav Image Courtesy: BCCI

The pocket dynamite delivered with the bat in the game against Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi. He smashed it brilliantly on a tough wicket with his unorthodox shots. MS Dhoni hasn’t used him in the bowling department but a handy option for his skipper.

6. Dwayne Bravo:

Bravo

Dwayne Bravo. Photo by Prashant Bhoot /SPORTZPICS for BCCI

The Windies all-rounder wasn’t at his best against Mumbai Indians. However, he would like to make a successful return to the field. He got a little hamstring issue, but, he would be fine by Saturday afternoon.

7. Ravindra Jadeja:

Ravindra Jadeja

Ravindra Jadeja Credits: BCCI

The all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was the star in the first game. He showed his brilliance in all departments of the game. First, he took a couple of scintillating catches and then followed it up by bagging wickets. However, he is yet to fire with the bat.

8. Deepak Chahar:

Dhoni, Deepak

Deepak Chahar (Credits – Getty)

He hasn’t got any moment with the ball. However, he applied pressure on the other end to make things tough for the opposition. His pressure was one of the key factors behind other bowler’s success. But, of late, he is delivering superbly for the team.

9. Harbhajan Singh:

Harbhajan Singh, Chennai track
Harbhajan Singh (Image Credit: Google)

The veteran off-spinner did brilliantly at Chidambaram Stadium. He was the wrecker-in-chief, who collected man of the match trophy for his stunning spell. He dismissed top trio of RCB to make things fall in place for the team. Despite missing the last couple, he would return to the playing XI against KXIP.

10. Shardul Thakur:

Shardul Thakur IPL 2018
Shardul Thakur Image Courtesy: BCCI

Of late, he is failing on a regular basis. He is failing to pick wickets for the team and also leaking runs for the team. However, he would get one more chance to prove his mettle. In between, Mohit Sharma is waiting in his wings, who did reasonably well in the previous game.

11. Imran Tahir:

Tahir

Imran Tahir. Photo by: Faheem Hussain / IPL/ SPORTZPICS

The veteran spinner has done brilliantly for the team in the first game. He rattled the defence of Royal batsmen with his masterful bowling. The Veteran spinner will once again be the key player to watch out in the contest.

Ratings:

Batting – 9/10

They haven’t got any concerns whatsoever. They got a blistering lineup to dismantle any kind of bowling attack in the tournament. They got floaters in the side and have a depth to make things fall in place. However, a little bit of problem with the form of openers.

Bowling – 8/10

Bowling looks a bit weak for the team or else, you can say fielding letting bowlers down. A lot will depend on Dwayne Bravo’s performance in the end overs of the game. However, when it comes to the spin department, they are a force to reckon with.