Tridib BaparnashAlready assured of a playoff berth, table toppers Chennai Super Kings will aim to maintain their pole position with a victory over a struggling Kings XI Punjab in their last IPL group league encounter on Sunday. | TNN | Updated: May 5, 2019, 11:06 ISTHighlightsCSK are most likely to rest their core team and test their bench strength, while also gunning for a win to consolidate the top spot. CSK are currently atop the table with 18 points.From four wins from their first seven games, Punjab slumped to four losses in their next six games to be virtually knocked out.Ashwin and DhoniMOHALI: For two seasons in a row, Kings XI Punjab have met the same fate thanks to a lackluster second half. As the saying goes, once is a mistake but twice a blunder.

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From a determined start which brought them four wins from their first seven games, the Ravichandran Ashwin-led franchise slumped to four losses in their next six games to be virtually knocked out.

They will, however, be hoping for a win in their final match against already-qualified, three-time champions Chennai Super Kings here on Sunday.
With their entire squad still intact, including the World Cup-bound foreign imports like Chris Gayle and David Miller, the Punjab team can’t even complain of a depleted squad, although their head coach Mike Hesson had claimed of being jolted by 14 injuries during the season.

CSK, having already qualified, are most likely to rest their core team and test their bench strength, while also gunning for a win to consolidate the top spot. The yellow brigade is currently atop the table with 18 points.
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