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IPL: Confident Chennai to face Kings XI Punjab

Two-time champions to miss Raina for two games

IANS
16:19 April 14, 2018

Mohali: A confident Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will aim to extend their winning momentum when they face Kings XI Punjab in Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the PCA stadium here on Sunday.

The southern outfit who have made a comeback in the cash-rich league after serving a two-year suspension, roared in their previous two encounters and once again proved why they are one of the serious contenders for the title.

In their campaign opener against three-time champion Mumbai Indians, Dwayne Bravo and Kedar Jadhav pulled off a thrilling last over win for Chennai.

Chasing 166 against Mumbai, Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s side was once reeling at 75/5 and victory seemed a distant dream for the yellow brigade. However, Bravo’s scintillating 30-ball 68 put them on the brink of the win and later in the last over Jadhav snatched a win from the jaws of defeat.

In the second match, Chennai was handed a challenging 203-run target by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in their first home game at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium but managed to overhaul the target.

However, Raina will miss Sunday’s clash after being ruled out of the side’s next two matches because of a calf injury, which could be a thing of worry for the CSK management.

On the other hand, coming on the back of a disappointing batting performance, hosts Punjab will be looking reverse the performance in this match.

For a win at home against the in-form Dhoni’s side, Punjab’s batting department needs to fire. Other than Lokesh Rahul, star batsmen Yuvraj Singh, Mayank Agarwal have struggled to get runs.

The team management will have high expectations from Aaron Finch, who missed the opening match against Delhi Daredevils and failed with the bat against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).