CSK vs KXIP Pitch Report | Pune Stadium Pitch Report | MCA Stadium, IPL 2018

CSK vs KXIP Pitch Report, KXIP vs CSK Pitch Report, Chennai vs Punjab Pitch Report, MCA Stadium Pitch Report
KL Rahul - Image Credit - NDTV Sports


Kings XI Punjab will be travelling to Pune to take on Chennai Super Kings hoping to secure a big win at the MCA Stadium, which is essential for them to have any chances of qualifying for the playoff stage. KXIP started the tournament terrifically with 5 wins from their first 6 matches, however, their campaign has been on the slopes for the past 2-3 weeks and are going into this match against the 2nd placed team on the points table with just 1 win from their last 7 games. In contrast to KXIP, CSK have managed to show great consistency since their opening day encounter against Mumbai Indians but they can’t afford to step off the gas as any complacency could lead to unfavourable results in the next round. There will be some great T20 players show, who would be desperate to finish the league stage with a big contribution for their team. All eyes will be on KXIP’s opening pair of KL Rahul and Chris Gayle, and the plans former Indian captain MS Dhoni has for them in this encounter. With so much at stake for KXIP, CSK vs KXIP Pitch Report will play a very crucial role for the captains and the team management. Dhoni is known to give the pitch a lot of importance and there is no doubt even though it’s the last match of the season, the wicket-keeper batsman will have a special focus on KXIP vs CSK Pitch Report. Pitches have often dictated the future of cricket stadiums, and the curator at the Pune ground will in all likelihood work prior to the match to receive a favourable MCA Stadium Pitch Report not only from the experts but even Dhoni, who is known to an expert reader of cricket pitches and in particular Pune Cricket Pitch Report. In this article, we will try and provide a complete analysis of the Pune Pitch Report today as part of our IPL pitch report today series that have been conducting on our platform.

CSK vs KXIP Pitch Report: IPL pitch report today, Pune Stadium Pitch Report

Unlike the other famous and iconic grounds in India, the MCA stadium in Pune is a very recent addition to the Indian cricket circuit. It was only in 2012, that the stadium as inducted into the cricketing history of this country and ironically the first game that was conducted on this ground was Kings XI Punjab and Pune Warriors India in April 2012. However, after a good debut, it wasn’t long before the first international game was held at this ground. In December of the same year, England and India played out a T20 match and inducted the stadium into the international arena. However, it took the Pune Cricket Stadium 5 years before the first international test match was held at this venue. It was only in February 2017, that India and Australia played the first test match at this swanky cricket stadium.

Now onto the MCA Cricket Stadium Pitch Report today or the Pune Pitch Report today, which will hold a lot of significance, even though it is the last match of the league stage of IPL 2018. The Chennai vs Punjab Pitch Report is expected to be in favour of the batsmen, just like the majority of the pitches we have seen in this year’s tournament. However, the spinners in both the teams can expect some purchase from the MCA Stadium Pitch Report as it known to assist the slow bowlers. Even in the past matches, we have seen seamers going for a lot of runs while the spinners have enjoyed good spells. The boundary line at the MCA Stadium is quite big, unlike the ground in Bengaluru or Delhi. Dew factor is another that we need to keep in mind while talking about the Pune Cricket Pitch Report as this could make life very difficult for the spinners in the seconds. Still, we feel bowlers like Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir and Axar Patel should enjoy bowling on this pitch.

One bowler who will attract the most attention is the 17-year-old Afghanistan international Mujeeb Zadran. The youngster has been superb for the KXIP franchise this season and he should be relishing at a chance to bowl in the MCA stadium if the CSK vs KXIP Pitch Report is what we have come to expect from it. In IPL season 11, we have seen one general trend and that has been captain winning the toss and choosing to field first and probably the main reason for that has been the dew factor that makes it nearly impossible for the slow bowlers to grip the bowl. It will be highly surprising to see the captain winning the toss in this match batting first, especially after going through the KXIP vs CSK Pitch Report.

Pune Cricket Pitch Report or Pune Pitch Report today will also have a huge bearing on the total achieved by both the teams. Especially given the fact that this score is not generally known to be that high-scoring with the average 1st innings score at the MCA Stadium is 129 while the average 2nd innings score if 131.

Pune Weather is another factor that could change the nature of the IPL pitch report today or the MCA Stadium Pitch Report. According to the met department, we should expect some spells fo showers on Sunday, which could in turn force the captain winning the toss to bat first in order to get a slight advantage. However, we will hope that the rain stays away and we get a full quota of 40 overs. The temperature is expected to go upto 38 degrees with the lowest being around 24 degrees. It will be interesting with all these various factors in play to see what the captain winning the toss decides to do after seeing the Pune Cricket Pitch Report or Pune Pitch Report today, as that could have a huge bearing on the result.

CSK vs KXIP Pitch Report or KXIP vs CSK Pitch Report will be available to the viewers at 7:30 when the experts in the commentary team have a nice close look at the surface.

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