CSK vs KXIP 2019: The Sportsrush presents before you three intriguing player battles ahead of the 18th match of IPL 2019.
The CSK have encountered a speed-breaker on their quest to defend the IPL trophy as MI humbled them. With a few injuries to crucial players, they will have to come up with new strategies and make them work. The CSK spinners would once again play a crucial role on the Chepauk surface.
KXIP have had some controversies but have overcome those and now sit with 6 points in 4 matches. They have won their last 2 matches and would love to continue their winning momentum. The spinners, along with the Universe Boss Chris Gayle, are expected to make the match exciting.
Shane Watson vs Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Mujeeb is one of the most talented off-spinners in the world today with many tricks up his sleeve. On the Chennai pitch, he is bound to get some help and might trouble the veteran CSK opener, Shane Watson, in the powerplay overs especially. Watson might look to play him out or attack him.
Whatever be his approach, it will be exciting to watch who comes out on top in this contest between the 2 talented cricketers.
Harbhajan Singh vs Chris Gayle
These two old war horses are expected to face each other after a long time. The 38 year-old offie will look to help CSK by getting rid of the 39 year old Jamaican as soon as possible to prevent the Gaylestorm. Harbhajan and Gayle have faced each other many times over the last couple of decades.
Harbhajan has come out on top on quite a few occasions due to the fact that he can turn the ball away for the big man. Gayle, however, would love to have the last laugh and deposit Bhajji’s ball out of the Chennai itself. Well, the Universe Boss can do anything!
Sam Curran vs Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Sam Curran has featured in only 2 matches and has managed to pick up 6 wickets including a hat-trick in the previous match against DC. What is interesting is the fact that Curran has managed to bowl brilliantly at the death and delivered some vicious yorkers and slower ones.
All his wickets have come at the death. It will be exciting to see how the best finisher in the world manages to counter Curran’s bowling strategy. If Curran is taken for a helicopter ride or not, we will just have to wait and watch.
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