CHENNAI, April 5: It will be a battle of leadership styles of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Ravichandran Ashwin when Chennai Super Kings clash with Kings XI Punjab in an IPL match here on Saturday.
Dhoni�s ability to stay calm and keep his cool even in the trickiest of situations versus Ashwin�s aggressive approach and out-of-the-box decisions would certainly make for an interesting contest.
The two teams have three wins each and both will try to outdo each other to take the upper hand.
Defending champions CSK suffered their first defeat at the hands of Mumbai Indians in their last match after three straight wins, and they would be hoping to get back to winning ways as they return to their �den�.
The two previous matches at MA Chidambaram Stadium have produced contrasting performances. While Royal Challengers Bangalore were shot out for 70, Rajasthan Royals made CSK sweat before going down by eight runs on a better surface for the batters.
The spin-heavy CSK will now be up against KXIP, which also have quality spinners in their line-up with Ashwin himself at the forefront apart from Mujeeb Ur Rahman, leggie M Ashwin and mystery bowler CV Varun.
The home team�s bowlers will be wary of Chris Gayle�s power-hitting provided he plays after missing the game against Delhi Capitals on April 1.
With Gayle sitting out in their last match, KXIP showed it is not about the hard-hitting West Indian alone as KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal put their hands up. And Punjab would hope that they continue to shine.
CSK has relied on team effort to win their matches as different players have delivered the goods in the IPL so far.
Match starts at 4 pm. � PTI