Virender Sharma (India), Pashchim Pathak (India), Chris Gaffaney (New Zealand, TV)
The pitch will be hard to start with and the team batting first will not find run-scoring too difficult. But since there won't be much humidity in the air, bowlers wouldn't mind bowling under lights as well. Since net run-rates are at stake, captain - especially KL Rahul - winning the toss should opt to field and restrict the opposition to something around 160 runs.
It would be a hot day with temperatures hovering between 29 and 28 degree celsius. We are in for full 40 overs.
It is a must-win game for the Kings XI Punjab, even more so, they will have to win by a huge margin to improve their net run-rate since there is a possibility of the third and fourth-placed teams finishing on the same points tally. On the other hand, the Chennai Super Kings can very well be the party poopers, just like how they were against RCB on October 25 and KKR on October 29. However, for the result to go in favour of the KL Rahul-led side, they have to not only start well but also rack up as much runs as possible in the middle overs. This is because whichever set of spinners CSK choose in their starting eleven today, they will naturally turn the ball into Chris Gayle and Nicholas Pooran. Thus, MS Dhoni would be aware that their margin for error is very small in terms of bowling and that the other batsmen need to step up and complement the in-form Ruturaj Gaikwad in putting a decent total on the board.