Published On: Sun, Apr 15th, 2018

CSK bowl first; Gayle replaces Stoinis

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Toss: Chennai Super Kings chose to bowl v Kings XI Punjab



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With the plausibility of dew impacting the efficiency of their spinners, Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni chose to bowl against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali. A calf injury meant Suresh Raina missed his first game for Super Kings. M Vijay, formerly with Kings XI, was brought in for his first game in Super Kings’ only change from their win against Kolkata Knight Riders in their previous game.

“At this time of the year, quite a few venues have dew, so it’s better to chase,” Dhoni said at the toss. “We’re a team of overaged boys, so we need to watch our workloads. But with age comes experience.”

Kings XI made two changes from their defeat against Royal Challengers Bangalore in their previous game, bringing in Chris Gayle and Barinder Sran for Marcus Stoinis and Axar Patel. At the toss, Kings XI captain R Ashwin said Axar was a forced exclusion due to a “small niggle”.

Super Kings are second on the points table, with two come-from-behind wins in two games. After splitting their two games, Kings XI are placed fourth.

Kings XI Punjab: 1 KL Rahul (wk), 2 Chris Gayle, 3 Aaron Finch, 4 Yuvraj Singh, 5 Karun Nair, 6 Mayank Agarwal, 7 R Ashwin (capt), 8 Andrew Tye, 9 Barinder Sran, 10 Mohit Sharma, 11 Mujeeb Zadran

Chennai Super Kings: 1 Shane Watson, 2 M Vijay, 3 Ambati Rayudu, 4 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 5 Sam Billings, 6 Ravindra Jadeja, 7 Dwayne Bravo, 8 Deepak Chahar, 9 Harbhajan Singh, 10 Shardul Thakur, 11 Imran Tahir

Nikhil Kalro is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

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