Kings clash in Centurion

The Kings XI Punjab are looking to get their play-off charge back on the rails against the Chennai Super Kings in Pretoria.

Punjab were comprehensively beaten by the Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday and won’t want to fall off the pace any further. They are currently in sixth place.

If captain Yuvraj Singh wins the toss, he may think twice about opting to field first as he did against Rajasthan, and he will be looking for more accuracy at the death from Sree Sreesanth, the star Indian pacer who is making a comeback after a long leave of absence.

His first three overs had been tidy as he went for just 21 runs, but when asked to bowl the 19th over, he overstepped twice for two no-balls and was hit for a six and two fours in an over that cost 23 runs. It was Sreesanth’s first game of the IPL and management believes he can only get better.

Chennai beat Deccan by 78 runs in East London on Monday evening. Albie Morkel, the South African all-rounder, will be looking forward to playing at the Centurion, his home ground, and will be hoping for a repeat of his first ball against Deccan, when he removed the dangerous Adam Gilchrist for a golden duck with the very first delivery of the innings.

Chennai are currently second in the log on nine points and are shaping up as one of the favourites at the halfway stage of the tournament.