The tie on Saturday between the Chennai Super Kings, who are assured of a place in the playoffs, and Kings XI Punjab, who are languishing at the bottom, has little riding on it.
Going into their last league match, a win for CSK will help them finish in top two and thus give them two chances of making it to the final. Punjab, on the other hand, will look to spoil CSK plans.
CSK coach Stephen Fleming assured that his team would go all out for a win. “I think this makes Punjab even more dangerous as they have nothing to lose. Maybe, we can also adopt a similar attitude for this match,” said Fleming.
Despite the blip against Delhi Daredevils in their last game, where the team surrendered meekly, the Super Kings have been the most consistent performers in this league.
The main concern for CSK will be the departure of Brendon McCullum, who has been in excellent form throughout the league stage.
Saturday’s game will be the last for the New Zealand skipper before he heads to England for a two Test and five ODI series. His century against Sunrisers Hyderabad, SRH, and a couple of fifties at the top had helped CSK get off to flying starts. He is also the highest run-getter for the side with 430 runs in 13 matches.
CSK have been the most settled unit, which provides yet another contrast between the two sides.