Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) will lock horns in match no. 24 of the Pepsi Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015 at Chennai on Saturday.
Both the teams are beaming with confidence, having won their last matches. While CSK outplayed RCB at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, KXIP pulled off a thrilling victory in a super over against Rajasthan Royals at Ahmedabad.
This match has all the qualities of being a fascinating encounter as both the teams have players who can guide their respective sides to victory single-handedly.
Here are some of the players who can make a difference in this match:
Chennai Super Kings:
Suresh Raina: Raina has been a star in this Chennai side ever since the first edition of the IPL. He has amassed 3,452 runs in 120 matches in IPL and still counting. We have not seen much of Raina's class in this IPL but in the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore, he showed how destructive he can he be with the bat. If he is on a song, the bowlers would find it difficult to stop the flow of runs from his end.
Ashish Nehra: He has shut his critics with his performance in this edition of the IPL. He is one of the highest wicket takers so far and skipper M S Dhoni has shown enough faith in him, and he did not disappoint. He has already picked up 10 wickets in five matches with an economy of 6.05 runs per over.
Kings XI Punjab
Shaun Marsh: Marsh was sitting on the bench until he made his first appearence in IPL 2015 against Rajasthan Royals. He played a couple of match-winning innings in the same match to be precise, one during the regulation 20 overs and the other one was in the super over, where he tonked Chris Morris for three consecutive boundaries. He will be a very important player for KXIP for the rest of the tournament.
Sandeep Sharma: This pacer has stunned everyone with his swing bowling in this IPL. He is also one of the highest wicket takers in this tournament and has been very economical. His ability to swing the ball into the right handers is worth mentioning. He has provided his side with early break-throughs and he would look forward to repeat the same in this high-voltage match.