Amidst the hubbub of teams scampering for a play-off berth, Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab have a sense of serenity about them. And that is because they are not in the 11th hour race to make the cutoff. While MS Dhoni’s men have been assured of a place in the final four for the eighth successive season, Kings XI, last season’s losing finalists, face the ignominy of ending up with the wooden spoon.
The clash at Mohali will, however, be significant in the larger scheme of things for the Super Kings who’d dearly want to seal a spot in the top-two, a standing that would give them the luxury of a second chance at making the final should they falter in the first qualifier. Kings XI, following their shock defeat of Royal Challengers Bangalore, also have the incentive of ending, what has been a disastrous campaign, on a high.
Venue: Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali
Date: May 16, 2015
Time: 16:00 IST
Weather: Dry and sunny with a high of 41 degree Celsius.