Kings XI Punjab will be locking horns against Chennai Super Kings at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Saturday. Both teams will be eager to add two more points in their tally in order to strengthen their campaign. Punjab will be upbeat after their 14 run win over Delhi Capitals on Monday while CSK will look to overcome their 37 run loss against Mumbai Indians on Wednesday.
Here's a look at a few factors before the 'Battle of the Kings' in the first double header of the weekend.
1. Ravichandran Ashwin's homecoming: Punjab skipper Ravichandran Ashwin will be back where he had first started from. He will be playing in his home ground as a visiting captain. Ashwin had started his IPL career with Chennai Super Kings way back in 2009 and was playing under Dhoni till the 2015 season. The veteran off-spinner will now be Dhoni's opposite number come Saturday. Ashwin is putting in his best efforts to put the controversial 'Mankading' saga behind him. He found back his rhythm with the ball against Delhi Capitals where he picked up two big wickets of Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan. He had also effected a run out of all-rounder Chris Morris. Ashwin will be hoping to keep up the good performance against CSK as well.
2. Will MS Dhoni grab the spotlight once again?: The CSK skipper has been finding some or the other way to grab the spotlight. He has been impressive with the bat and with his leadership abilities on the field. However, his outstanding catch of Rohit Sharma behind the stumps left everyone stunned in the last game. All the fans will be desperately waiting for another such occasion from their very own 'Thalaiva'.
3. Head-to-head records: CSK have an impressive head-to-head record against Kings XI Punjab. In the 20 matches that have been played between these two sides, CSK have won 12 of them while KXIP have won on eight occasions. Chennai also enjoy a home advantage with a 3-2 victory margin in five games.
4.Will Sam Curran shine again?: Curran impressed one and all by his impressive performance on Monday. He first played a cameo of a 10-ball 20. Curran then proceeded to win the match with the ball for Punjab with a superb hat-trick. He was adjudged 'Man of the Match' for his match-winning performance. The English all-rounder took four wickets by giving away just 11 runs at an economy of 4.71 in his 2.2 overs.
5. Who will prevail in the battle of the spinners?: Both the sides have quality spinners in their side who can spin a web and bamboozle the batsmen. While Chennai have Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir and Ravindra Jadeja, Punjab spin bowling boasts of skipper Ashwin and the mystery spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman.