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IPL 2013: Chennai Super Kings vs Kings XI Punjab,building up blockbuster

MS Dhoni-led CSK will look to register their first win when they take on KXIP today.

It has been a superb start for the Kings XI Punjab as the side,known to be slow-starters,have managed to win their first game for the first time in the IPL. Adam Gilchrist and Co. will look to continue with the good run but they face a stiff challenge from a wounded Chennai Super Kings.

Chennai were drubbed in their first game but the team is going to come hard at KXIP today. It is still early days in the tournament and CSK will look to put the last match behind. They are a really good unit with a bunch of genuine match-winners.

Form check

The Kings XI Punjab registered an easy win in their opening fixture which exhibited their disciplined effort with the ball. Their bowling unit looks sorted and has the right blend of quicks and spinners. Manan Vohra and Mandeep Singh looked in good touch in the opening game.

Chennai Super Kings looked an ordinary side against the Mumbai Indians but they have a really balanced unit with all the ingredients of going all the way. MS Dhoni is striking it sweet and will look to repeat the same today.

Game changers


MS Dhoni: The knock against the Mumbai Indians would have done a world of good to skipper’s confidence. Dhoni’s effort went in vain as the two-time champions fell short of the target but it was a delight to see MSD clearing the ropes with utmost ease.

Azhar Mahmood: With his contribution with both bat and ball,Mahmood is bound to come handy in the shorter format. Not only his ability to strike it big but his subtle variations with ball makes him a difficult bowler to score runs against.

Numbers check

-MS Dhoni has scored 3 fifties in 8 innings against the Kings XI Punjab,avg. 44.80 at a strike rate of 155.55.

-Batsman with most scores of 40+ in the Indian Premier League – Gambhir 23,Raina/Gayle 22,SRT/RSharma 21,Kallis 20,SMarsh 19,Gilchrist/Dravid/Sehwag/Dhoni 17

Viral on Twitter:

MS Dhoni’s tweet which went viral in no time, “God realised RAJNI sir is getting old so he created sir ravindra jadejaings vs KXIP,Building up.”

Ravindra Jadeja’s reply to MS Dhoni’s tweet, “I dnt wanna b nxt rajnikant @ImRaina @msdhoni pls maaf kardo ahahaahah.”

Skipper Adam Gilchrist on Twitter-“Everyone enjoying #IPL2013 so far? Who is everyone tipping for the trophy? #KXIP all the way for me.”

Co-owner Preity Zinta before the start of her team’s second fixture against the Chennai Super Kings,“Looking forward 2 seeing U all at the PCA Stadium in Mohali 4the #KXIP & CSK game! Best Poster in the crowd will get a gift from me :-) Ting.”