Kings XI Punjab would look to put behind the disappointment of their dismal performance against Mumbai Indians in the last game and make amends when they take on Chennai Super Kings in their Indian Premier League match,here today.
Punjab would be eager to forget their last match when they were thrashed by the Mumbai Indians as Ambati Rayudu (34) and Robin Peterson (16) creamed leg-spinner Piyush Chawla for 27 runs in the penultimate over to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
But it would be a difficult proposition for the low-on-confidence Punjab outfit to tame the ‘Men in Yellow’ in their own den.
Not just their last match,as it is,Kings XI team’s performance has been cause of worry.
Having lost five of their eight matches so far in the tournament,they are fully aware that they would have to play out of their skins if they intend to topple the hosts.
Their misery is compounded by the absence of skipper Adam Gilchrist,out with an hamstring injury,who is still a doubtful starter for tomorrow’s match.
But KXIP would be banking heavily on stand-in-skipper David Hussey,whose unbeaten 68-run knock in the last match helped Kings XI post a competitive total against Mumbai Indians.
Besides Hussey,another Australian Shaun Marsh has also been a amongst runs but the other batsmen require to take the centre stage in order to give some boost to Kings XI’s batting.
They would also be hoping for the bowlers,especially Chawla,to raise their game and deliver.