The Chennai Super Kings are all set to take on the Kings XI Punjab in their final match of the season. Even though Chennai Super Kings haven’t played the best cricket in this season, they will be happy to sign off this season in emphatic fashion as they look to spoil Kings XI Punjab’s party as the Saada Punjab franchise will be knocked out if they lose the final game against Chennai Super Kings.
Both sides are likely to make few changes as Kings XI Punjab might just want to replace Glenn Maxwell with Jimmy Neesham as the latter hasn’t fired one bit in the ongoing IPL. Whereas Chennai Super Kings will look to test their bench strength as they look to prepare a squad for the next season which will begin in 6 months time.
With the match being an eliminator for the Kings XI Punjab side, let’s take a look at the five important key players we shall watch out for from both sides.
Let’s take a look at the five key players to watch out for when Kings XI Punjab lock horns with Chennai Super Kings:
1. Ruturaj Gaikwad
The youngster was finally provided with an opportunity as an opener against Royal Challengers Bangalore where he managed to get hold of his first IPL fifty as he took Chennai Super Kings past the finishing line at Dubai. In the following match against Kolkata Knight Riders, the young latter notched up a second consecutive fifty in this season.
In the previous few matches, Gaikwad was asked to bat in the middle order where he couldn’t flourish as he was batting out of his position but once Gaikwad was promoted he ended up showing the world what the young batsman from Pune is capable of doing. It will be interesting to see how Gaikwad fares against Kolkata Knight Riders in the next game.